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Canon G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD

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  • 10.0-megapixel sensor and the DIGIC 4 Image Processor combine to create Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low light performance
  • Shoot 720p HD video in stereo sound; HDMI output
  • Canon's Hybrid IS compensates for angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting
  • 5x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer; 28mm wide-angle lens; optical viewfinder
  • Capture images and video to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card (not included)
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability

Canon PowerShot G12: Quick review by dpreview.com

Read the full Canon PowerShot G12 quick review at dpreview.com
As the G12 didn't arrive in time to be included in the high-end compact camera group test, we've now had a chance to put together in our quick review format that looks at the differences between its predecessor as well as competitors. Inheriting most of the core features of the G11, The G12 sees the addition of an EOS-style front control dial, Hybrid IS, multi-aspect ratio shooting and 720p HD video recording.

Read the full Canon PowerShot G12 quick review at dpreview.com

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 4.4 x 3 inches ; 12.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0041RSPRS
  • Item model number: 4342B001
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 13, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Feast your eyes on an updated G Series digital camera: The G12. It's ready to impress the advanced amateurs who have always celebrated the G Series. The G12 is still loaded with powerful technologies that has made the G Series cameras so renowned, like the Canon HS SYSTEM, 2.8-inch Vari-angle PureColor System LCD, and RAW + JPEG image modes. Now, this flagship camera paves the way with these new upgrades like 720p HD Video with stereo sound to get crystal clear footage, multiple aspect ratios, High Dynamic Range, Electronic Level, Tracking AF, a Front Dial and much more to give you even more creative control than before!

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Canon PowerShot G12 Highlights

10.0 Megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor creates Canon's HS SYSTEM
The PowerShot G12 employs the HS SYSTEM by combining a powerful 10.0 Megapixel CCD sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor. Thanks to this technological advancement, the G12 is dramatically more sensitive than cameras with identical megapixel counts, and delivers spectacular images with minimal noise. Increased sensitivity demands a higher ISO speed, and the PowerShot G12 delivers with a new maximum setting of ISO 3200. Blur and camera shake are notably reduced for the ultimate in sharpness and clarity.

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In addition, a new Low Light mode lets you capture images in an astonishing range of conditions. The camera automatically adjusts the ISO speed from ISO 320 to ISO 12800 in relation to ambient brightness, subject movement and camera shake.

Shoot 720p HD video in stereo sound and play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output
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The PowerShot G12 lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD videos (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition TV monitor. You'll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once.

The PowerShot G12 also includes spectacular video functionality. When shooting video, you can get up close with the 5x Optical Zoom for riveting detail and realism, from the overall appearance to facial expressions! And the camera's Smart AUTO technology that helps ensure the perfect still image works to bring that same quality to your video.

Shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG
The PowerShot G12's RAW mode lets you shoot images without JPEG compression. It gives you clearer images and complete creative control in editing. RAW images are transferred directly to the computer where they can then be edited using image adjustment software or a processing application to adjust your images as you please. The camera can also be set to allow the simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images while shooting.

Canon's Hybrid IS compensates for angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting
The PowerShot G12 is equipped with Canon's highly advanced Hybrid IS function, which corrects camera shake from two sources to deliver sharp, blur-free images even when you zoom in close to your subject.
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Hybrid IS employs both an angular sensor and an accelerometer, enabling it to suppress both the blur caused by the angle of the camera and the "shift blur" that happens when your subject moves parallel to the camera, a problem that is especially noticeable at large zoom factors.

With the ability to produce clear, steady images in all situations and at any zoom length, the PowerShot G12 is the camera you'll want to take everywhere.

2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots plus an optical viewfinder
The PowerShot G12 gives you a large 2.8-inch PureColor System LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. But size is only part of the story. Canon's PureColor System LCD offers spectacular color, resolution and contrast even at an angle. The screen is durable and easy to see. It is a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images.

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5x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
The camera is equipped with a long, 5x Optical Zoom, and Canon's own Optical Image Stabilizer Technology keeps images steady and blur-free all through the zoom range--even in low light--by detecting motion and generating a corrective signal. Because it is an optical system, more corrective movement is allowed and there is no degradation of image quality.

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The G12 is a highly versatile camera with a wide-angle zoom lens that reaches all the way from 28mm at the wide end to 140mm at the telephoto end (35mm format equivalent). You'll capture more image in every shot, and add greater depth to your overall photography.

Optional accessories including Speedlite flashes, underwater housing and Tele-Converter Lens are available
The PowerShot G12 is compatible with the Speedlite flash series intended for all EOS series SLR cameras. Attach a Speedlite flash to the hot shoe, then you can set and control the flash on the "Flash Control" menu in the camera. With a Speedlight, the G12 is given extra functions such as autoflash metering, FE lock and Flash exposure compensation; continuous shooting with external flash. Also Canon's Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 enables you to have multiple slave flashes and wireless control. A Tele-Converter lens designed for the G12, Filter Adapter FA-DC58B and WP-DC34 Waterproof Case is also available.

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High Dynamic Range scene mode combines multiple shots into one picture
Shooting in high contrast environments can often result in photos with overexposed and underexposed sections. So to tackle this problem, Canon developed the High Dynamic Range shooting mode to make select PowerShot cameras even more intuitive. Under High Dynamic Range* the camera will shoot three different exposures in a succession (underexposed, overexposed and normal) and then merge them into a single image. Underexposed areas are combined with the overexposed and vice versa, resulting in an evenly detailed image with flattering shadows and highlights.
*Tripod is required.

What's in the Box
  • PowerShot G12 Camera body
  • Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-7L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LZ
  • Neck Strap NS-DC9
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

Product Description

Canon's 4342B001 PowerShot G12 10MP Compact Digital Camera is ready to impress the advanced amateurs who have always celebrated the G Series. The G12 is still loaded with powerful technologies that has made the G Series cameras so renowned, like the Canon HS SYSTEM, 2.8-inch Vari-angle Pure Color System LCD, and RAW + JPEG image modes. Now, this flagship camera paves the way with these new upgrades like 720p HD Video with stereo sound to get crystal clear footage, multiple aspect ratios, High Dynamic Range, Electronic Level, Tracking AF, a Front Dial and much more to give you even more creative control than before.1-Year Limited Warranty.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It's so simple, yet versatile that it meets the needs and experience of a variety of photographers. The quality is excellent, ease of use, and fits in the hand perfectly. Ni… Read more ›
But I digress. I take it everywhere and love it, and the image quality is spectacular. If you are a pre-digital age dinosaur/moron like me, you'll love it too. Read more ›
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. Read more ›
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… Read more ›
We bought this for our daughter or Christmas, she loves it. Perfect size and does what she wants and the pictures are great. Read more ›
It's also very durable, my friend has the same camera and has dropped it many…If you don't want to invest in a DSLR but you still want great quality, this is a nice choice. Read more ›
very flexible operational, the video capturing function is great plus the articulate LCD. I would recommend this camera. it is Canon Read more ›
I'm a newbie photographer, and all the controls are very easy to grasp I didnt need to read the manual that much. The vivid color settings are my favorite when I shoot… Read more ›
I think it's hard to get the macro function to work well without having to pick a focus area repeatedly which means you might lose your picture taking opportunity or get so… Read more ›
It does come in very handy. The SCENERY modes are very useful. In fact, my favorite is Color Accent since you can pick a color in a picture, such as red, and the rest of… Read more ›
On G12 you have many things to play with, which can prepare you for a non-digital camera. And even pictures taken by the auto mode are generally great. Read more ›
Picture quality is excellent and the enormous array of features are very useful and well-organized. They will take some time to master. Read more ›
This camera is relatively easy to use for a camera with so much capability. I use it with an underwater housing for scuba. Read more ›
Fast delivery, lovely camera, easy to use, great effect, I already recommended to many friends. Cannon made it right. Read more ›
Easy to use, great price! Highly recommended! Read more ›
I love it. Easy to use. This camera does a lot more than I can do at this point...but I am learning. Read more ›
This camera takes Professional quality pics, and is easier to use than the more expensive ones. I just Love It!!! Read more ›
The product arrived sooner…The camera is easy to use for those that like automatic cameras, but has the capabilities to be used and tweaked by an experienced photographer. Read more ›
My favorite feature is the swivel screen wich is perfect when taking pictures of work which lay flat beneath me, and when I take "aerials" where I hold the camera… Read more ›
I find myself grabbing the LX5 because the slick metal body and…While in theory an articulating fold out screen is useful I don't find it all that big of an advantage. A… Read more ›
Th…The vari-angle LCD is very useful (I think Canon made a mistake in not carrying this capability over to their upgrade, the G15)... I use it for crowd shots, walking, etc. Read more ›
The swivel / rotating LCD is nice and can be convenient but I will give the warning to be careful in using this feature as you can easily damage / break the connection of… Read more ›
Some lament the optical finder, but occasionally it really is useful. In scenarios where you don't want to cause a distraction using the screen, this is very useful. It's… Read more ›
The camera was a hit with all players and performs wonderfully. The view finder and flip screen are user friendly and the overall fit and form live up to expectations. The… Read more ›
I also miss the man-sized right grip. Adding another few millimeters out to the plane of the retracted lens would have been nice. I don't feel secure `one handing' the… Read more ›
The lens is FAST- retracts and goes out really quickly. Read more ›
The lens is very sharp with surprisingly little chromatic aberration, most of which is nicely corrected by Lightroom. Likewise, wide angle distortion is nicely corrected by… Read more ›
This camera was highly…It's a great little camera, but I decided that I wanted a camera I could change lenses on and one that had excellent through the lens viewing. I… Read more ›
I am a previous…Despite an outstanding lens, Nikon has not done well in development of the P7X00 series, and the G12 is a much better camera, as described in dpreviews. T… Read more ›
I'm regretting buying Canon G12, but mind you, I bought it back in 2010, 3 years past, so many new cameras with much faster focus, better lenses, and so much clearer. I was… Read more ›
This camera gives you all the comfort of an automatic point and shoot, while…Video quality is also great - though the sound is usually not up to par with the image quality. Read more ›
The colours are superb and…The video was outstanding in my opinion within its limits (no zooming or focus adjusting while filming) but it didn't effect the overall result. Read more ›
Put into a nutshell, "I LOVE THIS CAMERA". It takes outstanding photo's, excellent video and is super easy to use. The Auto switch takes excellent spur of the moment… Read more ›
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. Read more ›
I bought this camera 2 months ago, and I can't still put it aside... Great photos, great videos, got much more then expected, highly recommend!!! Read more ›
It took great photos and it was so small and convenient. It also took great videos. Read more ›
G12 allows user to manually operate functions as we can do it on DSLR. The depth of field is not very deep comparing to DSLR but the color is so vivid. It also comes with… Read more ›
Love the big, tilting viewing screen. Seems to be sharp with good color and I like being able to quickly choose among several ratio formats. I shoot mainly on manual, so I… Read more ›
One of the best camera I ever tried. Excellent pictures high quality and great color. Read more ›
I use a neck strap and for an all day outing, the camera doesn't feel too heavy. Images are crisp with good color accuracy. The LCD is excellent and the tilt screen a plus,… Read more ›
My wife definitely likes the size and feel of this camera. So far I've taken only a limited number of pictures, but all seem clear and sharp with crisp colors. I haven't… Read more ›
I have had several DSLRs and compacts, including Nikon,…Very powerful and versatile, but even on auto or semi-auto takes lovely pictures, deep colors and crisp focus. H… Read more ›
The control dial is a bit touchy and requires some practice to avoid…The ability to fit filters and external flash units is another plus missing from most smaller cameras. Read more ›
The provided flash is fairly powerful, but its positioning close to the lens makes it prone to red-eye. If you buy a G12, do yourself a favor and invest in the 270EX or… Read more ›
T…The hot-shoe flash is a great advantage with the companion cannon flash and is probably the best way to improve indoor photography by properly illuminating the whole room. Read more ›
Things I dont like: - the built in flash is horribly bright (manual settings can adjust this but still make it bright) - I dont know if the detachable flash is any better -… Read more ›
I do all my main work in Raw but having jpegs readily available for the web and for portability is a real…The flash is quite powerful reaching 21' at wide angle in P mode. Read more ›
I love the quality of the…The built in flash works decently too, and it's a great added bonus to have the hot shoe on there if I want to throw my 580 EX II's on it. Read more ›
Great camera! the size is convenient for travleing, much easier to take on trips, etc. than the SLR and the different lenses with the quality of an SLR. Highly recommend! Read more ›
Great size, in the coat pocket nicely. Much easier to tote all day than a full sized DSLR. Read more ›
I love this camera. It is not too heavy and is a nice size for travelling. I also was very pleased that it has a plug for a remote shutter. Read more ›
The G12 is not a full DSLR replacement for many reasons, but it doesn't…It is a perfect little brother for the full size camera and it's going to be used 80% of the time. Read more ›
Bought camera to bridge the gap between a point and shoot and a full size SLR and it works very well in most of the modes that we have tried it with. Adjustable for most… Read more ›
Easy to use camera that…Wanted a compact size camera (this is a little larger)that had an optical view finder- a feature that's getting harder to find on smaller cameras. Read more ›
Battery life Auto focus is faster than I expected Price Read more ›
Picture and video quality are both very good and noise up through ISO 400 is very good and even at 800 is still acceptable in most…The close focus distance is very good. Read more ›
Got it! Auto-focus works well (as does manual). HD video high quality. Read more ›
11 for me…12 The autofocus works great, fast and with an excellent accuracy, feature not easy to find in a small camera, so reduces the possibility of loosing a nice photo. Read more ›
Operation speed…I have read a few posts saying that focusing speed is vastly improved from the G11 - I haven't found that to be the case but none-the-less its pretty good. Read more ›
Great small camera, good colors, good focus, easy to carry, light, take excelent pictures, I love my G12 for traveling Read more ›
Good feel (solid). Takes excellent photos for the price and is a good travel alternative to my Nikon Digital SLR and all of its lenses Read more ›
It does take a while to understand all it's functions and the best way to capture a moment. for the price, it is the best thing available in the market. Get a tripod with it. Read more ›
I can't…The Canon g12 is an excellent camera and you may not need it over the g11, but the new features and the price are well worth an upgrade or first time purchase. I… Read more ›
Sounds like profit loyalty. They would NOT allow me buy a G15 or G1 X at discount, full price only. NO THANKS, Canon. Read more ›
We are very happy with this camera. It works well, the pictures look nice and the price was right. We would recommend this! Read more ›
Definitely…My favorite feature is the color accenting that no other camera has .... I was able to get this at a good price but it's worth the $$$ if you had to pay more. Read more ›
If you want to…The image stabilized zoom is great, video is great (incidentally a lot of the comments about video zoom are NOT true),total AUTO with flash OFF, is great. Read more ›
It looks good and has that old school boxy heavy feel. It has a great zoom and the hot shoe for flashes and bayonet for wide angles and telephoto lens which is amazing. Down… Read more ›
From a spec standpoint, this camera provides all one would need... fairly fast lens @ F2.8, nice zoom range from 28mm - 140mm (35mm equivalent), 10 mp, and many of the… Read more ›
- Nikon P7100 had the best zoom, great external controls though not to my liking, but was turned off by partially articulated display, less dynamic range, and slow as the… Read more ›
The only negative thing I can say about the G12 is that it would have been nice to have…Having said that, I have taken pictures at full optical zoom and then cropped them. Read more ›
Beware of third party lenses as all of the lenses produce edge blurs…This camera is meant for people who want a powerful camera with decent zoom factor, that is pocketable. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

335 of 339 people found the following review helpful By G. S. Harmon on November 5, 2010
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As I'm an old film guy who has resisted digital photography almost as much as dentist visits, I've really avoided making the jump. Of course, I've had a few small point and shoot cameras for quick snapshots. But recently, I've found it necessary to get a camera with more capabilities and quality.

I'd love to have a higher-end DSLR, but flying these days really doesn't lend itself to lugging a big camera bag with a couple of lenses, flash, etc. I gripe just taking my shoes off at the security checkpoint. And I am avoiding paying checked bag fees as much as I possibly can!

Last April, I finally decided to get something a bit nicer, and after weeks of searching through review after review, I finally settled on a Fuji HS10. At first, I loved that camera. Then, I discovered that particular unit was eating batteries with the voracity of John Pinette at a Vegas buffet. So, back it went. And I waited and continued to research.

Then, along comes Canon with this G12. Remember, I'm an old film guy, so I like some controls. But after 5 minutes playing with this camera, I was most impressed. Startup - it's ready to go in a flash. Focus - spot on for 99% of the photos I've shot (nothing's perfect), and that 1% I can peg on me for focus issues. Low light? Simply amazing! This camera's ability to compensate for low light is borderline spooky. Combined with the lens image stabilization, I've taken shots that would have required a tripod, cable release, and good old-fashioned luck with a film camera.

Sports mode is very good. While the 'rapid-fire' shots aren't blazing fast, they are sharp, clean, and quick to save. In fact, the camera is fast with saves in most every mode I've tried.
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2,034 of 2,114 people found the following review helpful By Todd Gilbert on October 2, 2010
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So I owned a G11 - and for whatever reason sold it a few months back. I have since tried the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and Samsung TL500. This whole time I was searching for something better than the G-series - I only found it with the GF1 - but it is too large to be a compact.

I only give this camera 4 stars instead of 5 for the following reasons.
1. External Speedlite control - you still need a "Master" unit like a 580EX II or Canon STE2 to control external Speedlites. Canon should get off their butt in this area to compete with the new Nikon P7000. I almost considered going the Nikon route just to have that feature built in. Canon - start paying attention to what David Hobby says.

2. The screen is only 460K resolution. The Nikon mentioned above is 960K. The Samsung TL500 I mentioned above sports a beautiful AMOLED screen that knocks this one out of the park.

3. The pathetic optical viewfinder. You are catering to those people that say a camera MUST have one of these - stop it.
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172 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Moreno Tagliapietra on January 8, 2011
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Hello, I am a part-time fine art photographer and my favorite subjects are landscapes, flowers, classic European architecture, travel, visual arts and crafts. I work with two DSLR systems but like to have with me a compact camera at all times for any eventuality. Depth of field, composition and sharpness are typically more important to me than very fast focusing and shooting (I work mostly in Av mode) but sometimes I need my equipment to be responsive enough to capture travel's fleeting moments.

I have recently replaced my award-winning compact Fuji E900 with a Canon G12. Living not far from B&H in Manhattan, I had the chance to "play" with it and the other two cameras I was considering - the Nikon P7000 and the Panasonic LX5 with its external EVF - before buying. After putting the camera through its paces for a couple of weeks with my kind of photography I have come to the following conclusions.

The G12 is an advanced compact camera larger than your average pocketable but smaller than a micro 4/3" or similar. It does not fit in a shirt pocket but it does it in a regular pouch together with your wallet, cell phone etc. (I never use photo bags to avoid advertising the equipment). The fact that it has some size and weight makes it more stable in my hands and allows for its numerous external controls.

The camera's key features include a larger than average 1/1.7" 10Mp sensor with superior image quality in low light and higher ISO values, a sharp 28-140mm zoom lens, an optical viewfinder, a fully articulated LCD monitor, many dedicated external controls, manual exposure, Raw format, good responsiveness, reasonably fast autofocus even in low light, and a powerful flash.
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