Canon G12 review

The Canon G12 offers some interesting improvements over the Canon G11

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  • Good manual controls
  • Decent image quality
  • Small size
  • Good LCD screen


  • Not as good as a DSLR
  • Softness at higher ISOs

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 screen, ISO range, image quality and more in this latest Canon compact camera.

Update: See our video review below

The king among Canon compact cameras, the top-range PowerShot G series has long been the Holy Grail for those who wanted the manual features of a DSLR but couldn't afford to commit to the larger, more expensive format.

However with prices plunging and basic DSLRs available for around £350, the PowerShot G12 has its work cut out for it.

Bristling with dials and buttons, the Canon G12 is clearly built for photographers who know what they're doing, and its maximum ISO 3200 sensitivity and articulated screen give it an edge over DSLRs. But can its image quality convince?

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyPowerShot G
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesManual White Balance, Continuous Shooting Mode, Aperture Priority, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Smart Capture, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)351 g
Image Sensor Size1/1.7" (7.60 mm x 5.70 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height76.2 mm
Width112.1 mm
Depth48.3 mm
Product SeriesG
Focal Length6.10 mm to 30.50 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelG12
Product NamePowerShot G12 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4342B010AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The PowerShot G12 gives exceptional images with HS System and a premium Canon wide-angle lens. Full Manual mode, RAW, Front Dial and optional Lens Filter Adapter allow professional levels of control.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot G12 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-7L
  • Battery Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year