Canon PowerShot G12 Review

Overall 42
Imaging 11
Features 41
Size 79
Price 1

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/1.7" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.8″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 112 x 76 x 48 mm
  • Weight: 401 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Canon G11.
  • Replaced by Canon G15.

Canon PowerShot G12 Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot G12 that Canon has first introduced to the public in Jan 19, 2011. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Canon developed this model to replace their older product G11 and, after some time, Canon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one G11.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #297 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #690 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot G12 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot G12 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Optical (tunnel)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g
  • Battery Life: 370 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 161
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot G12 With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot G12. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12 has the following external dimensions 112 x 112 x 48 mm (44.09 x 29.92 x 18.9″) with the weight of 401 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot G12, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot G12 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 48mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot G12 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot G12 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot G12 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon PowerShot G12 — 370 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Canon PowerShot G12 — 48 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot G12 — 401 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot G12 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot G12 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon PowerShot G12 Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot G12 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot G12 has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon PowerShot G12 features a 10.0 MP 1/1.7" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon PowerShot G12, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 47 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon PowerShot G12’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot G12 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.7" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot G12 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot G12

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot G12 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 2.8" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 461k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (tunnel) ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot G12 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

PowerShot G12 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, PowerShot G12 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot G12, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot G12 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Canon PowerShot G12 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect PowerShot G12 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot G12 provides a shooting life of 370, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Canon PowerShot G12 offers the highest battery life that reaches 370 shots.

How Good is Canon PowerShot G12 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot G12’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot G12’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot G12 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot G12 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G12 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G12 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot G12 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G12 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 78. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G12 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (112 x 76 x 48 mm)
  • Small 1/1.7"(7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon PowerShot G12 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G12 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G12 can be called a 62 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (161)
  • Small battery life (370 shots)

Canon PowerShot G12 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G12 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G12 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (401 g)
  • Big size (112 x 76 x 48 mm)

Canon PowerShot G12 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot G12 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot G12 can be called a 63 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (11.2)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (161)

Canon PowerShot G12 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot G12
Announced Jan 19, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 2.8″
Screen Resolution 461k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 7
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 47
DxO Color Depth 20.4
DxO Dynamic Range 11.2
DxO Low Light ISO 161
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
Sensor Dimensions 7.44 x 5.58 mm
Sensor Area 41.52 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 401 g
Physical Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48 mm
Battery Life 370 shots
Battery Type 370 shots
Battery Model NB-7L
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Storage Slots 1

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