Canon has added HD video to its latest G series addition, the Canon G12, but is this new feature enough to merit an upgrade from the previous generation, and is it enough to keep the G series at the top of the advanced compact tree? The Canon PowerShot G12 review finds out...

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Overall score:92%
Image Quality:95%


  • Timeless design, HD video addition, New control wheel on the camera's front


  • Could maybe of done with a few more upgrades


Canon PowerShot G12


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Canon G12 manual

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Considering the leap that was made between the G10 and the G11, both with regards to specification and design tweaks, it would be easy to be disappointed with a perceived lack of evolution between the G11 and the G12. However, the Canon Powershot G11 was a fantastic camera and the Canon G12 has simply added to it in certain areas, and as such it hasn’t become a bad camera overnight. Expect to see some big changes with the next G series model, however.


Sensor:1/1.7in CCD, 10MP total
LCD:2.8in, 421k-dot vari-angle
Metering System:Evaluative, Centre-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes:PASM, Custom (2 modes), Low light, Quick Shot, 23 Scene, Movie
Flash Modes:Auto, Manual, Slow-synch, Red-eye
ISO Range:80-3200
Connectivity:Hi-Speed USB, HDMI-mini, AV output
Lens:5x zoom (28-140mm), f/2.8-4.5
Weight:401g (including battery and card)
Power:Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
Shutter Speeds:15 – 1/4000 sec
Dimensions:112.1 x 76.2 x 48.3mm
File Formats:JPEG, RAW, JPEG + RAW
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, cloudy, Face Detection, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
  1. 1. Canon PowerShot G12 review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality and Value
  5. 5. Canon G12 manual
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