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2010-11-23 02:52 | Source
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On September 15 2010, Canon announced the PowerShot G12 and the PowerShot SX30 IS. These cameras offer enthusiast-focused features like RAW shooting and manual exposure modes.

The G12 features a 10 Megapixels sensor and will be equipped with a 2.8-inch 460k-dot LCD, Digic IV image processor, and a 5x optical zoom, covering a range equivalent to 28-140mm. The G12 will now finally have 720p HD video capture capabilities along with the HS (High Sensitivity) SYSTEM for shooting photos under low-light conditions. The G12 also comes with a HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode which will layer three images together that have been captured using a tripod. The Canon PowerShot G12 is listed at $499.99 and currently selling at around $479 (drop from $482 about a week ago). Here is the summary of review by CamreaLabs, giving the camera a rating of 87 out of 100:

"Canon's PowerShot G12 may only represent a modest update over its predecessor, but by addressing some of the criticisms of that model while adding a few small but neat new features, it's become a preferable camera overall. So the first headline is Canon's flagship compact has just got even better. Unfortunately for the G12 though, the market for enthusiast-level compacts is changing quickly, and Canon's top dog is looking increasingly uncomfortable. Panasonic's Lumix LX5 may not sport an articulated screen or optical viewfinder, but by packing a wider and brighter lens, with snappier focusing and manual control over movies into a smaller, lighter and cheaper package, it'll be preferred by many enthusiasts. If however you're after a truly pocketable compact which still offers a decent degree of control, then Canon's own PowerShot S95 is much more compelling. The biggest problem for the PowerShot G12 though is the availability of cameras sporting DSLR sized sensors and removeable lens mounts, that are roughly the same size and weight. Almost unbelievably, models like Sony's Alpha NEX-5 are actually smaller and lighter than the G12, at least when fitted with a fixed prime lens. To be fair, these so-called 'EVIL' compacts become bigger and heavier when fitted with zoom lenses, and they're also more expensive than the PowerShot G12, but many enthusiasts would be more than happy to make these sacrifices to enjoy their quality and flexibility. Previously a DSLR-sized sensor demanded a DSLR-sized body, so a model like the G12 was an ideal carry-everywhere companion for enthusiasts. But now the space and weight saving over an EVIL alternative is minimal. 

Interestingly in today's market, Canon's PowerShot S95 feels the most relevant in its peer group. It may not ultimately offer the same degree of control and features as the G12, nor Panasonic's LX5, but with smaller dimensions, it crucially delivers a more portable proposition to models with bigger sensors. In contrast the G12, despite sporting a wonderful array of manual controls, is just physically too close to models which pack-in DSLR sensors, and that's difficult for enthusiasts to ignore. That said, the PowerShot G12 remains a delight to use, and if you're happy with its relative heft, lens range and high ISO performance, then there's a lot to like. Certainly if you're into physical controls, you'll be in dial-heaven. Ultimately we can recommend the G12 to enthusiasts who fully understand the other options available, but like the Lumix LX5, it misses out on our top rating in an increasing market of alternatives with big sensors. As the market for EVIL cameras steadily grows, we wonder how many more generations of the G-series we can expect - at least those equipped with small sensors anyway."

ModelPowershot G11Powershot G12Coolpix P7000
StyleAdvanced CompactAdvanced CompactAdvanced Compact
LCD Screen2.8-inch TFT color, with wide viewing angle with Approx. 461,000 pixels2.8-inch TFT color LCD (Vari-angle type with wide-viewing angle) with Approx. 461,000 pixels3.0 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
Memory CardsSD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus cardSD/SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus CardSD, SDHC, SDXC
ResolutionStill Image: 3,648 x 2,736 (Large); 2,816 x 2112 (Medium 1); 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2); 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3); 640 x 480 (Small); 3,648 x 2,048 (Wide); 3,648 x 2,736 (RAW); 1,824 x 1,368 (Medium*) *Still Image: 16:9 Large: 3648 x 2048 Medium 1: 2816 x 1584 Medium 2: 1920 x 1080 Small: 640 x 360 3:2 Large: 3648 x 2432 Medium 1: 2816 x 1880 Medium 2: 1600 x 1064 Small: 640 x 4243648 x 2736 (4:3) 3648 x 2432 (3:2) 3584 x 2016 (16:9) 2736 x 2736 (1:1) 3264 x 2448 2592 x 1944 2048 x 1536 1600 x 1200 1280 x 960 1024 x 768 640 x 480 1024 x 768
File FormatsStill Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG) RAW (CR2 Canon Original)) Movie: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (monaural))Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG), RAW (CR2 Canon Original))* * Images processed with DPP. Videos: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (Stereo)) JPEG (Exif v2.2), RAW, Movie: MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]
Focal Length5x zoom, 6.1 (W) - 30.5mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 140 (T) mm)5x zoom, 6.1 (W) - 30.5 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 140 (T) mm)7.1x zoom, f = 6.0 - 42.6 mm (28-200mm, 35mm equiv)
Shutter Speed15-1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range; settable in Tv and M)1 - 1/4000 sec.Auto (1 - 2/2000 sec), 60-1/2000 sec
Aperturef/2.8 (W) - f/4.5 (T)f/2.8 (W) - f/4.5 (T)F2.8-5.6
ISO SensitivityISO Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200ISO Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White Balance SettingsAuto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom1, Custom2, Underwater, White Balance CorrectionAuto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom1, Custom2 *Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF (Face Detect WB).Auto , Daylight , Incandescent , Fluorescent FL1 , Fluorescent FL2 , Fluorescent FL3 , Cloudy , Flash , Manual (Kelvin adjustment) , Custom 1/2/3
Flash ModesAuto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reductionAuto, on, Slow Synchro, off, Red-eye Reduction, FE LockAuto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Manual (1/64 - full power), Slow sync, Rear curtain sync
Flash Range1.6 ft.-23 ft./50 cm-7 m (W), 1.6-13 ft./50cm-4.0m (T)1.6 - 23 ft. (50cm - 70m) (W), 1.6 - 13 ft. (50cm - 4.0m (T)8m
Shooting ModesAuto, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual, Custom (2 modes), Special Scene, Stitch Assist, Low Light, Quick Shot, MovieSmart AUTO, P, Tv, Av, M, C1, C2, Low Light, Quick Shot, SCN*1, Movie*2 1 Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Sports, Smart Shutter*3, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks18 Scene Modes, Auto , Portrait , Landscape , Sports , Night portrait , Party/indoor , Beach , Snow , Sunset , Dusk/dawn , Night landscape , Close-up , Food , Museum , Fireworks show , Copy , Backlighting , Panorama assist
Maximum Movie Resolution640 x 480 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 30fps640 x 480 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 30fps1280 x 720 @ 24fps, 640 x 480 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 30fps
Maximum Movie Frames Per Second30 fps30 fps24/30 fps
Maximum Movie DurationUp to 4GB or 1 hourUp to 4GB or 1 hourTo capacity of memory card
Macro Focus0.4 in.-1.6 ft./1-50cm0.4 in. - 1.6 ft./1 - 50cm (W), 12 in. - 1.6 ft./30 - 50cm (T)0.8 inches.
MeteringEvaluative*1, Center-weighted average, spot*2 *1 Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AiAF. *2 Fixed to center or linked to the AF frame.Evaluative*1, Center-weighted average, Spot*2 *1 Facial brightness is evaluated (Face Detect AE) in Face AiAF. *2 Fixed to Center, linked to AF frame.Matrix, Center-weighted average, Spot (center), Spot AF area
Image StabilizationYes (Lens-Shift)Yes (Lens-Shift)Yes, Lens-Shift
Self Timer2 or 10 sec, Custom or FaceSelf TimerCustom* *Delay time (0 - 15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots 2/10 seconds, Smile Self Timer
Video Out (TV Playback)Yes, NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)Yes, Analog: NTSC/PAL, digital: HDMI mini connectorYes
BatteriesRechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-7LRechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-7LRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14
Dimensions4.41 x 3.00 x 1.90 in. / 112.1 x 76.2 x 48.3mm4.41 x 3.00 x 1.90 in. / 112.1 x 76.2 x 48.3mm3.8 x 2.4 x 0.8 in. / 96.5 x 60.5 x 20 mm
Weight12.5 oz. / 355g12.4 oz. / 351g4.9oz. / 140g
Other InfoContinuous Shooting Normal: approx. 1.1 fps; AF: approx. 0.7 fps; LV: approx. 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)Continuous Shooting Normal: Approx. 2.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 4.2 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode) AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode) LV: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.2 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)Continuous shooting up to 45 pictures at approx. 1.3 fps at full resolution
Release Date2009-08-192010-09-152010-09-08

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Digital Camera Info - Sep 13 2011
"Color accuracy is always a bit of a sticking point among photographers. Most would rather capture colors that are as true to life as possible, a viewpoint that most high-end cameras aspire to. The G series from Canon seems to ignore this logic, however, as both the G12 and its predecessor could only manage a color error of around 3.8, when we typically look..." More »
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PhotographicCentral - Apr 03 2011
"The G12 may lack the resolution power of most current DSLRS and even some compacts (hello G10), but what it loses in 'some' resolution and detail for very large prints, it makes up for in dynamic range, tonality, pleasing color, and full-of-life images, especially in raw files. The lens is suited for a wide range of composition opportunities and is very sha..." More »
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CNET US - Feb 12 2011
"It retains an almost identical design to the G11, including the usable optical viewfinder and large, easy-to-turn dials. A relatively functional design, I like it save a few caveats. In addition to giving the camera a retro feel, the dials on the G12 are, for the most part, practical and much faster to use than even direct-access buttons, which always requi..." More »
70out of 100
MacWorld - Feb 04 2011
"You also get a full boat of manual controls: aperture priority, shutter priority, and independent control of each of them in Manual mode. The G12 offers a focus bracketing mode that snaps three shots in rapid succession at different focal lengths. You also get a high-dynamic-range (HDR) scene mode that brings out detail in shadowy scenes and creates ot..." More »
90out of 100

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