The Canon PowerShot G12 is the new flagship model from Canon and the successor to last year's PowerShot G11. The new PowerShot G12 retains most of the great features of the G11 and it improves upon the video recording and offers more controls than the PowerShot G11.
Features and Specs Sporting the same 10 mega pixel sensor (1/1.7-inch size) and 228mm wide angle lens as the G11, the PowerShot G12 is not much different from the G11 except for some improved features. The 28mm wide angle lens extends up to 140mm (5x optical zoom), and it has lens-shift type (optical) image stabilization. Canon calls the IS- Hybrid IS. It is a newly developed IS technology optimized to reduce angular camera shake (rotational) and shift camera shake (linear). Canon uses its DIGIC 4 image processor and has branded the G12 with the HS tag which stands for High Sensitivity. Canon also includes the new electronic level to help maintain even the horizontal level. The G12 offers a new control dial in the front like most Canon DSLRs do, and the camera supports an optional FA-DC58B lens filter adapter.
The G12 is not actually lightweight nor does the size make the camera pocketable.
The video recording which was VGA for the G11 has also been improved to 720p HD video at 24fps with stereo audio recording on the G12. However, there is no optical zoom during video recording. The G12 has an HDMI-out and also has the same swiveling 2.8-inch LCD screen, an optical viewfinder and a flash hotshoe. It also supports SDXC memory cards.
The G12 also has an expanded set of ISO settings which includes the ISO levels- 125, 160, 250,320, 500, 640, 1000, 1250, 2000 and 2500. It has multi-aspect shooting mode - 16:9, 4:3, 1:1 and 4:5, and there is also a High Dynamic Range modewhich captures three exposures of the same scene and automatically merges them to a single image which results in better dynamic range.
The camera offers P, A,S, M shooting modes and additional modes like C1, C2, Quick Shot and Low Light. There are 28 scene modes which also include miniature and fish-eye effects. It also shoots RAW apart from JPEG images. The package includes a 4GB class 4 SD card, a neck strap, USB cable, A/V cable (no HDMI cable), CD ROM (manual), ‘Getting Started’ guide book and a battery charger.