Canon updates its G-Series with the PowerShot G12First G-Series Canon camera to feature HD video

14 September 2010

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon has announced the PowerShot G12, the latest bridge camera in the popular, high-end G-Series of models from Canon.

The Canon G12 is the first G-Series camera from Canon to feature an HD video mode, which is captured in 720p resolution at 24 frames per second. The G12 can capture stereo sound, and the miniature mode can be applied when shooting video.

Front-facing dial for easier manual control

Another difference between the new G12 and the previous G11, G10, G9 and G7 models are that the G12 features a new multi-purpose, front-facing dial giving quicker access to user-defined manual settings.

Find out how the Canon G11, Canon G10 and Canon G9 fared in our lab-based bridge camera reviews

The G12 has a 10Mp CCD sensor, and features the same DIGIC 4 processor found on the successful G11. The camera features Canon's new HS (high sensitivity) system technology, which Canon says gives the users more accurate control over ISO values.

HS System for improved high ISO control and performance

The company says that the HS System allows the user to set the maximum ISO sensitivity that the camera employs when in auto ISO mode. Higher ISO settings allow users to capture quicker shots in darker conditions without the need for a flash, but the higher settings generally introduce more graininess (noise) to the shots. Canon claims that this new system should keep noise to a minimum. The model's maximum ISO sensiotivity can be set as high as 12,800.

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The Canon G12 has retained the same optics as its most recent predecessor, the G11. It has a 5x optical zoom measuring 28mm at its widest. A tele-lens adaptor can be added, and the G12 is compatible with the new FA-DC58B lens adaptor.

New tele-lens adaptor with no vignetting

This new lens adaptor has a 58mm thread to allow 58mm lens filters to be added, and unlike the previous tele lens adaptor, the lens fixes to the lens barrel and reduces the vignetting, or blacked out areas on the edges of a photograph that occurred when the G11 was zoomed out.

We'll demonstrate this when we bring you a first look video review of the Canon G12 from the Photokina camera show in Cologne next week.

New to the G-Series on the G12 is the HDR setting and the Tracking AF. HDR (high dynamic range) is a setting where the camera takes three shots at slightly different exposures and lays them over each other to make a single image. This results in clearer details in both shadowed areas and brightly lit areas, which is otherwise impossible with a single shot. It's worth noting that an automatically taken HDR shot has a reduced resolution.

Tracking AF on the Canon G12

The Tracking AF (tracking auto-focus) allows the user to lock the focus on a subject and then automatically track the object, keeping it in focus when it moves.

The Canon PowerShot G12 has a 3-inch moveable LCD, a viewfinder and a hot shoe mount to enable the use of an external flash.

The Canon G12 is due to launch in October for around £540. Which? shall test the G12 in its labs shortly, but before then we shall bring you a first look G12 video review from next week's Photokina show in Cologne.

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