Worth the weight
Canon’s happy snapper is big on quality, writes Jennifer DudleyNicholson
tivity, exposure compensation, shutter speeds and more.
It might sound complicated, but the dials are straightforward, well-placed and should be appreciated by any photographer with a basic grounding in the elements.
Want to shoot in low light? Turn the ISO dial to 3200, the exposure up to +2, and select a large aperture.
All of this can be done without delving into an onscreen menu.
Of course, should you wish to cheat, you could put it on Auto and hold it steady.
It’s smart enough to react to its environment, whether that involves dim lighting or a close-up.
Like its big DSLR brothers, this camera comes with an optical viewfinder for photo purists, but also imports a rotating 2.8-inch LCD screen more commonly seen on its compact siblings.
It’s an attempt to combine the best of both worlds and it works admirably.
To put faraway items in the frame, Canon has added a 5x optical zoom lens to this camera that stretches from a wide angle of 28mm all the way to 140mm, which should suffice for most shots. It offers a focal length as low as f2.8.
The 10-megapixel camera also uses Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor to great effect.
In short, results from this camera can be amazing. With the right settings, photographers can capture images with great depth, bright yet natural colour and tight focus.
As an upgrade to the G11, Canon has also added highdefinition video capture, albeit at only 720p.
There are few complaints to be made about the G12, but it doesn’t take a big step up from its predecessor, it is a touch slower to start up than its competitors and that price and size might throw off some potential buyers.
However, hose looking to capture clean, beautiful images with a bag-friendly camera should fall fast for the G12.
It is worth the weight. Go with the pro: it’s easy to think a professional might use the Canon PowerShot G12 on their day off.