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Canon Powershot G12


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The Canon PowerShot G12 is a compact digital camera that was released in 2010, targeting enthusiasts and advanced amateurs who want more control over their photography than a typical point-and-shoot camera offers.

  1. Image Quality: The G12 features a 10-megapixel sensor paired with Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor. While the resolution might seem modest by today’s standards, the image quality is still quite good, with sharp details and accurate colors, especially in well-lit conditions.
  2. Lens and Zoom: The camera is equipped with a versatile 5x optical zoom lens, covering a focal length range equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm terms. The lens has a relatively wide aperture range of f/2.8-f/4.5, which helps in low-light situations and enables users to achieve shallow depth-of-field effects for creative compositions.
  3. Manual Controls: One of the standout features of the G12 is its extensive manual control options. It offers manual exposure modes, aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual shooting modes, allowing photographers to have full control over their settings. This makes it a great tool for users who want to hone their photography skills and experiment with different shooting techniques.
  4. Viewfinder: Unlike many modern compact cameras, the G12 includes an optical viewfinder in addition to its LCD screen. This is a valuable feature for users who prefer composing shots through a viewfinder, especially in bright outdoor conditions where the LCD may be difficult to see.
  5. LCD Screen: The G12 sports a 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD screen with a resolution of approximately 461,000 dots. The vari-angle design allows for shooting from various angles, including high and low perspectives, making it useful for composing shots in different scenarios.
  6. Image Stabilization: Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is built into the G12, helping to reduce camera shake and blur, particularly at longer zoom ranges or slower shutter speeds.
  7. RAW Support: The G12 allows users to capture images in RAW format, providing greater flexibility for post-processing and ensuring maximum image quality.
  8. Video Recording: While not its strongest feature, the G12 can record 720p HD video at 24 frames per second, with stereo sound recording. It’s suitable for casual video shooting but may not meet the expectations of users looking for high-quality video capabilities.
  9. Build Quality and Ergonomics: The G12 features a sturdy build with a retro-inspired design, giving it a classic and timeless appearance. The camera is comfortable to hold and operate, with well-placed controls and a solid feel in hand.
  10. Battery Life: The G12 uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-7L), which provides decent battery life for a compact camera, allowing users to shoot for extended periods without frequent recharging.

The Canon PowerShot G12 offers a compelling combination of advanced features, manual controls, and compact size, making it a versatile option for enthusiasts who want a high-quality camera that’s portable and capable of delivering excellent results in a variety of shooting conditions. Despite being released over a decade ago, it remains a popular choice among photographers who value its versatility and performance. Many photographers will particularly value the CCD sensor.

To get a full understanding of all the features and optimise how you use a Canon G12 we recommend Canon Powershot G12 by Jeff Carlson


Camera Make: Canon
Camera Type: Compact
Date First Manufactured: 2010
Megapixels: 10
Sensor Type: CCD
Sensor Size: 1/1.7 inch
Camera sensor size
Viewfinder: Optical
LCD Screen: Fully Articulated
Continuous Shooting: 1fps
Built in Flash: Yes
Image Stabilisation: Optical
AE Bracketing: Yes
Back Button Focus: Yes
Face Detection Focus: Yes
ND Filter: Yes
Highest Video Resolution: 4K
Microphone Port: No
Lens Type: Zoom
Storage Memory: One SD card slot
Weight: 401g
Width: 112mm
Height: 76mm
Depth: 48mm

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My Thoughts on this Camera

Ok. – so this is one of my all-time favourite cameras… I am comparing it against all the cameras I have owned from a Nikon FE, to Voigtlander 110 and Nikon D60 to an Olympus EM 1 MK II.

Yes, this has everything and where it lacks a feature or two I can compromise (I don’t rake it out in the rain and I can improve the image using Topaz Gigapixel for example).

Just look at the features – fully articulate screen, viewfinder, hot shoe, zoom lens(with lens cap), ND filter, built-in flash, video, manual controls, back button focus, etc. etc.  I believe that the G11 and G10 have similar features – I would need to be careful if I saw one of them for sale at a good price because I feel I would like to own lots of the Canon G Series cameras.

It also has a CCD sensor. I am not saying that is the reason why I bought it but it’s a great feature with none of the compromises you sometimes find with CCD cameras (like no video).

I have used this on lots of photo walks as I feel confident in using it in most situations and it is small enough to slip into my normal walking bag. I also have an Olympus TG6 which I like bit I tend to leave that at home and take the G12.  I love the dials, the robust build, and of course the results. Maybe I get good results as I love this camera…. I cannot see myself selling it  – there is no upgrade that I want that would still have the charm and results…

I like to add some of my photos to stock sites and I have been successful with the images that I captured using the G12.  I used Lightroom and Topaz software to make sure that they sis not have too much noise and that the files were not too small…  and some have sold….. I look at it like this  – I like using this camera, I take it with me, I take some good photos – so I have better photos to enjoy and upload….

To get a full understanding of all the features and optimise how you use a Canon G12 I recommend Canon Powershot G12 by Jeff Carlson





My Last Thoughts - Keep & Use, or Sell?

Will I keep it? Yes – love this camera and will hard press to sell it. Has so many features I love and use in a fairly compact solid body. I also have a case which is easy to use – it is like an old rangefinder case with the front cover dropping down.
Will I use it? Yes, I like taking this camera out and I have also used it for video.

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