Worth the weight

Canon’s happy snap­per is big on qual­ity, writes Jen­nifer DudleyNicholson

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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.

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