This is the best all-around camera you can get at 500 bucks, especially in lowlight situations. 720p 16:9 video with stereo mics, articulating screen, hot shoe, decent macro... sure if you want a compact with a CMOS sensor go for something else but this one is good for 98% of what I need it for*. Massive bang for the buck.
*The other 2% is when I need to take pictures in the dark with no flash.
This is really an excellent semi-professional camera. Excellent because it has the quality of a big "reflex" camera with the size of a small one. I'd say there is way too many options for a casual user. Just beware if all of these options and buttons are something you like, before taking it.
Only small issue: the options and buttons are everywhere and it happened to me quite often that I pushed something by mistake with my fingers.
2010-11-28 - 15:27:52
Douglas G. Copella
I love this camera!!!!!!
I own a Canon 5D MKII and love it dearly, but there are times I like to travel light. I have used the G9 before and it took outstanding photo's so when I heard there was going to be a new release I couldn't wait. 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 photo's when you don't have time to do a manual setup. Am I glad I waited and bought the G12? You bet I am!! This camera is an excellent addition to my camera bag and would bu yit again in a heart beat.
Mine just came in yesterday from Amazon and though I'm still working my way through the menus and settings this camera is awesome!
As a professional camera operator I've struggled for years trying to find a small digital camera that would allow me control and quality without having to haul around my pro Canon EOS systems... it was too much like work!
Agreed, as the other reviewer noted the optical viewfinder is marginal but it did have diopter adjustment that worked for my eyesight and the small dial / controls on the back are a bit tedious even for my moderately sized fingers. This is just being picky though but well... I'm picky.
I've been coveting the G11 for a while and am very pleased with the G12 so far. Even at ISO 3200 there's very little noise.
2010-12-11 - 15:25:35
fan of photos
The camera takes great pictures. I like the fact that you can adjust the ISO on the fly. It is very light and easier than carrying a bulky DSLR. I chose this camera because of the 2.8 inch Vari-Angle LCD. The only thing that is frustrating is that the manual comes on CD. You have to print it to figure out some extra features, that is why I gave the G12 4 stars. Night shots come out really clean. I look forward to enjoying this camera.
In case you are buying this to capture images in RAW mode just be aware that it's not supported in Adobe Camera Raw yet. Adobe updates their supported camera list every 3-4 months and still no guarantee that the G-12 will be updated then. For now using the software that came with the camera you can convert the CR2 to a Tif image and then follow normal work-flow opening in Camera Raw.
I've only had the camera for a couple days so I can't give an accurate review, but so far I'm very impressed. The screen being able to flip 270 degrees is so handy, especially when taking videos.
2010-12-26 - 15:25:24
G12 for great phots
I bought this camera after using a friends G10. I have a DSLR system that I use for business, but I found I was only "working" at photography and that I had lost some of the fun of it. Not any more. The G12 can go from turn it on and shoot to full manual with all the necessary controls. Image quality is superb. The camera is easy to use, is small with adequately sized controls, and the video quality excellent. The small basic viewfinder can be helpful when the lighting conditions make shooting with the LCD difficult. It is not designed to replace the LCD however. The built-in zoom lens (28mm - 140mm 35mm equivalent) works well for me, be some photographers may prefer a wider or longer lens. Me. I'm happy. I am shooting more personal stuff now and am experimenting with new subjects. Best of all, because of its size I always have a camera with me.
2011-01-02 - 15:25:24
Having used the G3 as a workhorse supplement to my DSLRs I kept holding off on the newer G series cameras. The ability to shoot HD video and smaller size finally won me over.
One other note - the first camera shipped to me by Amazon was lost/stolen in the mail. While I was stunned that they shipped a $[...] product without requiring a signature (the threshold is $700), they (Amazon) were fantastic. They immediately shipped a replacement camera and even expedited the shipping.
2011-01-18 - 15:25:25
I bought mine online at a different site since Amazon was sold out at the time. I've had it for about 2 weeks now, and really like it so far. I am not a serious professional by any means, just a semi-serious amateur. I have previously owned Sony's, Nikons, Olympus and Pentax - both P&S and DSLR.
I like all the settings and played with most everything except the HD video, as I really bought the camera for photography and not video. It will be headed to Maui with me next month and I plan on buying the canon waterproof housing as well. I'll update this review when I get some photos to share.
The pictures taken so far have been great, and the camera processes the images faster than I expected. It's heavy and bulky and certainly won't be mistaken for a P&S you'd find a 14 year old dragging around. Love the articulated screen, and I don't find that the buttons or dials are hard to use - neither does my boyfriend and he has big fingers.
All in all, so far a great camera - pictures rival the ones from my Pentax K100 Super D DSLR. I'm happy with my purchase.
2011-01-23 - 15:25:39
nice point and shoot camera!
Nice low light images.
Still gets blurr with "active/sports" mode.
In the auto mode, no selection for "flash" mode all the time. Only choices are "no flash" and "auto-flash". So in occasions when you want a flash, if the camera thinks otherwise, you won't get one.
Over-all an ok camera esp for someone like me who doesn't want to play around the available modes.
2011-02-02 - 15:25:24
John M. Quinzio
Worth the Wait
This review comes from a guy who has shot Leica M4s exclusively for past 30 years. I have a pretty good sense of how a high quality camera should feel and perform. I was reluctant to move away from my M4s and take the plunge into digital because the cameras in my price range offer little or no manual control over the shot. And, those that did allow me to control the shot were too bulky to take on my backpacking trips. I'm glad I waited. The G12 feels and performs like an M4 on steriods. While it will never replace the my Leicas, I can do all the things I love to do with my shots and if I like, I can just put it on cruise control and shoot away. I could go on-and-on about the features, but most of the other reviewers have covered them very well. Simply put, if you want to go digital and need the performance of a professional grade camera along with the performance, feel and portability of a legend, look at the G12.
2011-02-23 - 15:25:25
Great $500 Camera
First let me comment on the "One Star" reviews. These people need to wake up to reality. This is the best compact digital camera in this price range.... PERIOD.
I have the Canon XTI, the 40D, the 5D Mark II, the G-11 and a $2,500 Panasonic Vid Cam. I'm a retired professional photographer. What camera do I always have with me? The G-12. For anything up to 11x14 prints they all fit the bill nicely.
Of course for high end work, it's the 5D Mark II or the Panasonic. I just tested the G-12 against the Panasonic for video capability. The Panasonic has two distinct advantages. Power zoom while shooting and the ability to use an external microphone with wind screen (Dead Cat). But we are talking apples and pears. You don't carry a large vid-cam on your belt.
I spent a few hours on the Virginia & Truckee Railway out of Carson City, NV. (Side note-- a great steam train ride) I shot with the G-12 and the Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40 AVCHD Camcorder with 10.6MP Still and 12x Optical Zoom. I planned to use the video to create a DVD of the ride. On the finished DVD if is not possible to tell the difference in the video shot with which camera. However, there is objectionable wind noise with the G-12 when shooting into the wind. But that's a given that any videographer already knows will happen with an unprotected microphone.
Five stars for the G-12. It does a great job for stills and video. Lots of great usable features.
The one star folks need to spend the $$$ if they want a "does everything any time any where features" and stop crying.
2011-02-28 - 15:26:07
G12 IS NOT AN UPGRADE... it's a joke!
So Canon bit the bullet by inserting 'gimmicky' features like HD video & HDR snaps. Irrelevant. I bought the G12 for it's PHOTOGRAPHY muscle & would've been fine if it shot none-hd videos. As for that HDR junk... that's just a lazy way of letting your camera do your image touch-up on-the-fly, when in reality- Auto-Bracketing does the same job while having the user-flexibility to adjust the HDR output (3 pictures in 3 different exposures) to the computer.
You know what Canon... if you kept the same G11 features to the G12 BUT UPGRADED THE LENS to a f/2.0, it would be considered a TRUE UPGRADED.
2011-03-05 - 15:27:09
Richard A. Bretschneider
Very happy with my G12 Purchase
A little history: I shot a lot of SLR film back in my college days, mostly for newspaper and print publications - not pro work, but still had to produce like one. Over the years I stopped having time for such things, until digital photography raised its head in the '90's and I jumped from one technology to another. Only recently having rediscovered SLRs by way of the digital models, I've grown more and more disdainful of my various point-and-shoot models which I burned through at about one a year.
I played with a friend's G11 recently and was more than a little impressed. The quality of pictures, responsiveness of the camera, balanced with the relatively compact size and breath of features sold me at once. Reading about the G12 I bought one without even trying it.
I was not disappointed. After shooting 200 pictures last week I'm very satisfied. This is a wonderful compromise in size against my Nikon digital SLR. I'm able to hand it off to friends to take a shot and they get great results as well. The feel is sturdy, the menus and functions very straightforward, and the shots I'm getting are terrific. Time from being turned off to taking a picture is among the fastest I've dealt with.
I know there are some very negative reviews of this camera, but they're apparently from people who are upset that this wasn't more of an update from the G11, and they unfairly ding this model because they want to get a dig in on Cannon. I don't think you have to go further than reading through their "complaints" to understand they can be wholly dismissed.
This will be my camera of choice for my trip to Mexico next month. Really looking forward to shooting with this camera!
2011-03-13 - 15:27:00
Wait for the G12a
I could not wait to get this camera and when I did I was so excited, until I started using it.
Outdoors and in bright light it is awesome. Now start to work with some lower light and here is where it's flaws shine.
When taking video in low light with I would get blue lines on the screen, this was ok except the record on the movie. I called Canon and they could not repro the problem. So I took the camera and exchanged it, the second one I got did the exact same thing. Blue lines from top to bottom. I search the internet to find out if anyone else was having the problem. It's called vertical smear and is a problem with CCD sensors. however you can make the problem go away by turning down the exposure. Now only if the G12 would allow you to do that, then you could solve the problem, video mode is Auto only.
Next problem, is you can not write to RAW in Auto mode
I wanted to use the camera and work with studio flash, I set the camera to M, turn off the built in flash, set the shutter speed to 1/200 and f8 so far so good, put the pocket wizard on to trigger my strobes press the shutter and the screen goes black. So I am thinking it is a problem with the pocket wizard. It is a problem in that the LCD shows a preview of what the photo will look like, since the photo is too dark without a flash, the screen goes black, so now you can't see what you are focusing on.
I thought the camera was targeted towards pros. So why Auto only video mode? What can't you preview with a an external flash, why no raw in auto? Hopefully firmware will resolve some of these issues in the meantime, I returned the second one and will wait for an update. For $500 it's too buggy for me and will wait, however if you plan to shoot mostly outdoor and bright lit scenes you will love it.
2011-03-27 - 15:26:57
Near perfect P & S
I spent a lot of time online comparing this camera with the canon S95, Lumix LX-5, and less so the Nikon. I was tempted by the S95's smaller size but greater control options and better lens led me to the G12. I was also interested in the Panasonic LX-5 but I just could not get over the Panasonic color management especially in JPEG since I'm too lazy to deal with RAW exclusively and didn't want to adjust color on all my photos, I went with the G12. Sure, it is not that fastest, brightest, or smallest, but it is a very good compromise in a size that is somewhat pocketable (certainly in a jacket pocket and in a pinch my pant pocket). Its speed certainly doesn't compare with DSLR level cameras but the difference with the LX-5 was not enough to sway me. I'm not a pro but want quality photos of my family and scenaries when we travel, and I think this is a great camera for that. I've not missed too many great shots with this camera, its low-light performance is very respectable, and its "auto" mode is excellent. The auto white-balance biases toward the warm side in indoor lighting so that's only the thing I'd like to go out of auto mode for. Occassionally I use the other settings but rarely. I'll post some of the photos taken in "auto" to demo how good it is as a P&S while still giving people near professional-like control for lots of things.
Pros against competing cameras:
Flip-out screen (I know some people dismisses this but it is handy sometimes)
Automatic/internal lens cover (just say no to the dangling lens cover)
Good lowlight performance (yeah I know the S95 is similar and the LX-5 has better aperture but I liked the G12 performance better on head-to-head comps)
5x optical zoom
no optical zoom on video (but this doesn't bother me on a photo camera)
size/weight (it's not that bad, if I want super compact I just use my phone's camera)
I'm very happy with my purchase. It is a good P&S companion to people who have DSLR, and for me it's good enough to delay my DSLR purchase for now.
2011-06-07 - 15:12:30
Canon G12 review
Having originally bought a Canon G11, but upgraded due to losing my G11, I felt I needed to stay with the flow and go with the G12.
I love the flip out screen for getting close to the action in difficult shooting situations such as very low shooting. Picture quality is always excellent in whatever shooting mode you chose. The only down side to picture quality is in high contrast situations such as shooting in strong sunlight with shadows - picture will either be great for the bright situation or the shadows, but not both.
Other than that, and the camera being a bit on the bulky side, its always there as my second camera - the other being a DSLR. and now it has HD movies.
There's not much difference between the the G12 and G11, other than a few settings and HD movies, but I am extremely happy with it.
I'd fully recommend to anyone
2012-04-27 - 19:59:12
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*sarcasm* Now you see, this is VERY complicated, especially for you. It took me months to figure this one out! You see, there is a dial on the top of the camera, next to the button you use to take photos. Now on that dial, you will see many icons. You see the icon that looks like a video cam? The one below SCN? Turn the dial so the black line next to the dial is facing the cideo camera icon. Then press the big silver button and record! *sarcasm* once again it took me MONTHS to figure this out
This camera is a tragic waste of potential for a variety of reasons too long for listing here. The viewfinder has been mentioned already. It is worse than you might imagine. The zoom range of 28-140 is too limiting considering the competition. The aperature only opens to 2.8. And 28mm is the widest angle available. I truly want a camera in the category the G12 sits in with regard to size and construction quality, though one done right. Still waiting for some company to take my money.
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