Canon G12 10.0 Megapixel Advanced Compact Reviews Roundup

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.

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Canon Powershot G12 Camera Reviews Roundup


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 »
Not Rated
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 »
Not Rated
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
Trusted Reviews - Feb 04 2011
"Although the G12 might be pitched as a reliable back up for an enthusiast's DSLR, operational speed falls short of a lightning fast DSLR proper, and so there are frustrations in swapping from one to the other. Chiefly we felt auto focus could have been a bit quicker to lock on. Squeeze the nipple-like shutter release button halfway and following the briefes..." More »
80out of 100
dpreview - Jan 20 2011
"Although barely a year separates the release of the two models, the Canon Powershot G12 was launched into a considerably more competitive market than its predecessor the G11. Despite this, Canon hasn't felt the need to make a huge number of changes in the new model. The shape of the body is more or less identical but, most significantly, the G12 shares the..." More »
73out of 100
ePhotoZine - Dec 08 2010
"Throughout the tests, the G12 has been a solid performer in all-metering modes. The examples above show some extreme conditions, shooting directly into the sun, and the exposures are in general on the money. When used in flatter light, it still comes good as can be seen in the following sunset shot - shot using Av. Shutter lag is often an issue with po..." More »
90out of 100
pdn - Dec 07 2010
"The G12 is also rock solid; it feels like a small black brick and, as with previous models, has an abundance of external control that lets you change settings on the fly. In particular, I like that Canon has added more precise 1/3-stop adjustments on the ISO dial on top of the camera. (While you might not always need ISO 250, you'll be glad it's there.) Ano..." More »
Not Rated
Camera Labs - Nov 23 2010
"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 enthus..." More »
87out of 100
Imaging Resource - Nov 20 2010
"It seemed to me I couldn't take a bad shot with the Canon G12. I particularly liked how well it held shadow and highlight detail with a smooth distribution of midtones, not to mention natural color. Even reds held up well, to my surprise. And the range of the lens from macro to wide-angle at 28mm was encouraging. I was a bit worried about exceeding opt..." More »
Not Rated
Pocket-lint - Nov 17 2010
"Another nice feature that builds further on the creative side of things is the addition of a built-in neutral density (ND) filter. ND filters help to balance high contrast scenes providing a better balance between highlights and shadows or where you need to use slow shutter speed that would otherwise overexpose your shot. Added to that is an accessory filte..." More »
90out of 100
PhotoReview Australia - Nov 15 2010
"Shots taken with the review camera set to the Auto and P modes and with the Auto ISO setting produced image files that were similar to those from the G11. Colours were attractively rendered and the dynamic range in shots was, if anything, marginally wider than we found with the previous camera. Digital zoom shots were also less artefact-affected, although p..." More »
88out of 100
LetsGoDigital - Nov 10 2010
"A camera such as the Canon PowerShot G12 is always received with high expectations by photographers and enthusiastic amateurs. The rumors about the arrival of the G12 right before the Photokina were doing their rounds across the internet, but the fact that a new Canon PowerShot G-camera was to be introduced was not such big news. People were expecting new,..." More »
84out of 100
Steve's Digicam - Nov 09 2010
"While shooting some indoor close-up portraits, I found the G12 produced pleasing results in various exposure modes. The flash was nice an bright, having no problem lighting our young model from several feet away using the mid to telephoto end of the zoom for framing, along with a lower ISO setting (80 to be exact). Canon claims it can cover up to 23 feet at..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Review - Nov 02 2010
"With 1080p HD video already established in a number of Canon DSLRs and at least one member of the PowerShot family (SD4500 IS), it was a bit surprising to find "only" 720p video in the G12. Well, at least we know what to expect from the G13 in this department. But as 720 HD videos go, the G12 image quality is pretty good. Zoom is available, althou..." More »
90out of 100
PhotoRadar - Oct 30 2010
"The latest in its G-series range of high-flying compact cameras, Canon's PowerShot G12 replaces the flagship PowerShot G11 just a little over a year after the latter was released. The G11 received rave reviews on its launch, and the Canon G12 offers some interesting new features over its predecessor. In our in-depth Canon G12 review we test the articulated..." More »
80out of 100
Photography BLOG - Oct 27 2010
"The Canon Powershot G12 offers just enough new bells and whistles to make it a worthwhile upgrade from the previous model and keep it competitive with its main rivals, most notably the very similar Nikon Coolpix P7000. The high price-tag does put it directly in the firing line of several entry level DSLRs and and the new wave of Compact System Cameras, whic..." More »
90out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Oct 19 2010
"When Canon brought out the G10 a couple years back with 14.7 megapixels on a 1/1.7" sensor, ISO noise performance came in for a steady diet of criticism. The G11 kept the sensor size but backed off resolution to 10.1 megapixels and the gripes about ISO performance disappeared. The G12 has made its debut and you'll be happy to know Canon didn't mess wit..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Resource Page - Oct 18 2010
"The PowerShot G12 is one of very few cameras that feels like a go-anywhere digital SLR. Sure, it's not as fast as the real thing, nor is the image quality as good (at higher sensitivities). But it does offer solid build quality, very good photo quality, generally snappy performance, an optical viewfinder (a rarity these days), manual controls, tons of custo..." More »
Not Rated
infoSync - Sep 28 2010
"The Canon PowerShot G12 never exhibited any surefire evidence leading to a basic, no-frills imaging performance. Therefore, fringing, ghosting, stepping, and dramatic contrasts were never an issue. We found that in bright light, the Canon PowerShot G12 produced images that rivaled entry-level DSLRs and Micro Four Thirds cameras. In low light, the camera exh..." More »
82out of 100
CNET UK - Sep 15 2010
"This time around, the G12 benefits from Canon's HS tech, which should help deliver better image quality in low-light conditions. This is achieved thanks to a 10-megapixel sensor and a Digic 4 processor. We're taking those claims with a pinch of salt until we give the G12 the full review treatment, but in our brief hands-on we were able to take a few snaps i..." More »
Not Rated
Pocket-lint - Sep 14 2010
"We weren't able to take away or examine any of the shots we took whilst we had the camera in our hands, but we've seen a sample of the new HDR shooting mode in action. This is a feature we've seen on cameras in the past, but this is the first time we've seen it on a Canon PowerShot. It takes three shots the scene and combines them with the aim of giving you..." More »
Not Rated

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User Review of the camera - Canon Powershot G12

  • 2014-04-17 07:00
    This makes a mediocre photographer look really good, peter painter
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    I love this camera. I bought it used. (2014) I am a visual person, but just not that great of a photographer. Mess things up routinely.
    Yet.. I was playing around on day one, tried a few settings out while photographing a coffee mug. It looked like a professional product shot, I kid you not! I recommend this camera with enthusiasm!
  • 2014-04-13 07:00
    It is OK, but just OK, when there is plenty around is not a good sign., Leonid Gersnon
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    In the dark - very low quality, slow, color are not real. Overall - it's not the one I would recommend.
  • 2014-04-13 07:00
    It is OK, but just OK, when there is plenty around is not a good sign., Leonid Gersnon
    In the dark - very low quality, slow, color are not real. Overall - it's not the one I would recommend.
  • 2014-03-24 07:00
    great camera, Adrienne Pike-Adelphia
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    My third canon and I love it. Great size and awsome features. Much easier to throw in my everyday bag than my DSLR and the quality of photos is basically the same for a fraction of the price.
  • 2014-03-24 07:00
    great camera, Adrienne Pike-Adelphia
    My third canon and I love it. Great size and awsome features. Much easier to throw in my everyday bag than my DSLR and the quality of photos is basically the same for a fraction of the price.
  • 2014-03-02 08:00
    Terrific Canon camera, Amazon Customer
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    I have taken great pictures with this camera. It is not pocket-sized nor is it the camera for great distance photography, but the optical quality is superb.
  • 2014-03-02 08:00
    Terrific Canon camera, Amazon Customer
    I have taken great pictures with this camera. It is not pocket-sized nor is it the camera for great distance photography, but the optical quality is superb.
  • 2014-02-21 08:00
    Best yearbook Camera for Our School, North Harrison Comm. Schools
    I am the yearbook advisor for a middle school. This camera goes everywhere and takes pictures in all kinds of light. When I download the pictures for the yearbook, every picture is great. I just can't seem to get a bad picture ever. I do not use the camera for videos. It is a real workhorse and I am very impressed with the quality.
  • 2014-02-03 08:00
    I love my easy camera!, Reading Mom "Turlock Gal"
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    Yes it's only a point-and-shoot, but it's a very nice point-and-shoot. I knew that I'm not really interested in changing lenses. There's still so much it does, that I still need to learn. I purchased a book, Canon PowerShot G12 by Jeff Carlson, along with it, that teaches in detail how to get the most out of this camera,
  • 2014-02-03 08:00
    I love my easy camera!, Reading Mom "Turlock Gal"
    Yes it's only a point-and-shoot, but it's a very nice point-and-shoot. I knew that I'm not really interested in changing lenses. There's still so much it does, that I still need to learn. I purchased a book, Canon PowerShot G12 by Jeff Carlson, along with it, that teaches in detail how to get the most out of this camera,
  • 2014-01-24 08:00
    Nifty camera!, ardent commuter
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    I have had this little jewel for 3 years now and it serves me well. Love the vari-angle viewing screen, I always get the unusual angles with it! Do not buy a camera without this feature.
    Great size, in the coat pocket nicely. Much easier to tote all day than a full sized DSLR.
    It does have limitations, but for so many occaisions it is perfect!
  • 2014-01-24 08:00
    Nifty camera!, ardent commuter
    I have had this little jewel for 3 years now and it serves me well. Love the vari-angle viewing screen, I always get the unusual angles with it! Do not buy a camera without this feature.
    Great size, in the coat pocket nicely. Much easier to tote all day than a full sized DSLR.
    It does have limitations, but for so many occaisions it is perfect!
  • 2014-01-13 08:00
    Great Camera, a total bargain for the price, Timothy
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    I have a Canon 7D that is my main camera, but sometimes I just want to take snaps. This is fantastic. I am really pleased with the control that I have. it's not just a point and shoot, though you can use it that way. It has a hot shoe, so if you want to put a nice flash on it you can, but the built in is decent. I also like staying with Canon, because if you know the software for one, you know if for the other. Also it's very fast. Turn it on, and it's ready to shoot. It also tells you if parts of the image are outside the dynamic range of the sensor. A very sophisticated camera in a small reasonably priced package, yet simple enough, you can hand it to anyone and they can use it.
  • 2014-01-13 08:00
    Great Camera, a total bargain for the price, Timothy
    I have a Canon 7D that is my main camera, but sometimes I just want to take snaps. This is fantastic. I am really pleased with the control that I have. it's not just a point and shoot, though you can use it that way. It has a hot shoe, so if you want to put a nice flash on it you can, but the built in is decent. I also like staying with Canon, because if you know the software for one, you know if for the other. Also it's very fast. Turn it on, and it's ready to shoot. It also tells you if parts of the image are outside the dynamic range of the sensor. A very sophisticated camera in a small reasonably priced package, yet simple enough, you can hand it to anyone and they can use it.
  • 2013-12-26 08:00
    Good Product/ Delivery, Scott L Fisher
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    The Canon G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 in Vari Angle LCD is exactly what we ordered. The order came as expected. Quick delivery on product.
  • 2013-12-26 08:00
    Good Product/ Delivery, Scott L Fisher
    The Canon G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 in Vari Angle LCD is exactly what we ordered. The order came as expected. Quick delivery on product.
  • 2013-11-16 08:00
    Great camera but overpriced and too bulky. The S95 was a better buy, G. Farnsworth
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    This is definitely a premium point-and-shoot. I bought it for myself at the same time I bought the S95 for my wife. They use the same sensor but this one has way more features. It takes great pictures and amazing videos but ultimately we ended up using hers much more because it is smaller. This one is very bulky for a point-and-shoot and we didn't actually end up using the external flash (it was too bulky). Overall this camera is just a little too big...the S95 was better.
    It was also really expensive. Ultimately I sold it on ebay.
  • 2013-11-16 08:00
    Great camera but overpriced and too bulky. The S95 was a better buy, G. Farnsworth
    This is definitely a premium point-and-shoot. I bought it for myself at the same time I bought the S95 for my wife. They use the same sensor but this one has way more features. It takes great pictures and amazing videos but ultimately we ended up using hers much more because it is smaller. This one is very bulky for a point-and-shoot and we didn't actually end up using the external flash (it was too bulky). Overall this camera is just a little too big...the S95 was better.
    It was also really expensive. Ultimately I sold it on ebay.
  • 2013-11-13 08:00
    Canon quality is as good as it ever was. Great camera, Amazon Customer "bill.the.builder"
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    This camera takes awesome pictures but you have to make sure you have a fast sd card. All the features are super and it's a pretty compact camera.
  • 2013-11-13 08:00
    Canon quality is as good as it ever was. Great camera, Amazon Customer "bill.the.builder"
    This camera takes awesome pictures but you have to make sure you have a fast sd card. All the features are super and it's a pretty compact camera.