Photokina 2010: Canon PowerShot G12

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Canon PowerShot G12 camera at Photokina 2010

Canon PowerShot G12

The 10Mp Canon PowerShot G12 is the latest in the popular line up of high-end bridge cameras from Canon.

The G12 boasts a handful of new features that previous models in the G-series lacked- the most noticeable being the inclusion of HD video at 720p resolution.

The Canon G12 also supports AF (Auto-Focus) Tracking, which allows the focus to lock onto a moving object, and there are also a number of new aspect ratios that allow users to experiment with the shape of their shots. 

Previous models included the regular 4:3 ratio and the 16:9 widescreen ratio, while the new G12 offers the square 1:1 ratio, plus 3:2 and 4:5 options.

Canon PowerShot G12 first look video at Photokina 2010


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The G12 retains the same optics as its most recent predecessor, the G11, with an optical range of 5x - from 28mm to 140mm.

The PowerShot G12 allows the user to set the maximum ISO sensitivity achievable when in the automatic ISO mode. This is a very useful feature and stops the camera choosing ISO settings that are higher than the user would like - something that might happen in particularly low light conditions.

Sample photographs taken on the Canon G12

Another new addition to the Canon G-Series on the G12 is the new filter adaptor. When fitted to the G12 the adaptor allows the user to take advantage of a number of 58mm filters. 

Pleasingly, however, when the adaptor is used there is no vignetting in the image, thanks to it being spring-loaded. Vignetting is the effect of the edges of the photo being obscured as you would see if you shot a photo through a tube. This still can occur on the G12 when zoomed out with the tele lens adaptor fitted.

We'll fully test the Canon PowerShot G12 in our labs shortly, but in the meantime see how the G11, the G10 and the G9 models performed by reading our in-depth bridge camera reviews.

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