Canon G12 review

The Canon G12 offers some interesting improvements over the Canon G11

Canon PowerShot G12
The Canon PowerShot G12 is about as close to a D-SLR as you can get, without having to buy a D-SLR

TechRadar Verdict


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    Good manual controls

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    Decent image quality

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    Small size

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    Good LCD screen


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    Not as good as a DSLR

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    Softness at higher ISOs

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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?

Dave is a professional photographer whose work has appeared everywhere from National Geographic to the Guardian. Along the way he’s been commissioned to shoot zoo animals, luxury tech, the occasional car, countless headshots and the Northern Lights. As a videographer he’s filmed gorillas, talking heads, corporate events and the occasional penguin. He loves a good gadget but his favourite bit of kit (at the moment) is a Canon EOS T80 35mm film camera he picked up on eBay for £18.