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Friday
Sep172010

Canon G12 Powershot Point and Shoot Camera Release Announced!

Just a few days ago, on September 14, Canon announced a new point and shoot camera, the G12, that serious photographers should take a close look at. Even professionals will want to add one of these to their gear with all the features, creative flexibility, and portability that it brings.



Canon's G-series line is a very rugged, very full-featured set of cameras that occupy the top-end of point and shoot cameras. These are an elite set of point and shoots that offer professional-grade features and quality yet are light weight and small enough to be brought along on trips that dSLRs would be too large, bulky, or heavy for. As an owner of a G10, I couldn't be more pleased with how it enhances my shooting options especially when traveling.

With the release of the G12 coming, I'm very eager to upgrade!

A caution to readers...if you are an "Automatic Mode" photographer, don't waste your time and money with this one. You'll be buying features that you'll never use. This camera is built with professional photographers in mind and offers manual mode capabilities that deserve careful understanding and practice to fully appreciate and make good use of. If you prefer to leave your camera in automatic mode, there are dozens of other point and shoot cameras that take really excellent images for $150 less than the G12.

Release Date: Early October Sometime (Currently available for pre-order!)
Price: $495

When I read camera reviews online, I notice that reviews tend to include lots of technical information, some of which I seem to have difficulty understanding how it relates to my shooting images. So here's a different look at the G12...the stuff that I look for in cameras, hopefully, in a more easily understood manner.

The basics...

10 Megapixels - I like that they didn't add any more pixels to the G12. There is such a thing as too many pixels on a smaller sensor like this one and 10 seems to be the sweet spot so far.
Optical Zoom: Focal Length 28mm-140mm (in 35mm terms) - This offers photographers a great range to shoot in and extends the creative possibilities.
Digital Zoom: 4x - I always advise turning this off. Traditionally, digital zoom is a crop performed in-camera with an algorithm that adds detail to an image digitally and not always with enough precision. Sometimes it leaves images with pixally, out of focus, or blemished areas even on a more sophisticated model of camera like the G12.

What sets this camera apart?...

2.8 inch Swiveling LCD Screen - this is especially helpful for tough to get photos when the camera is being held overhead or on the ground.
Digic 4 Chip - this brings improvements in processing speeds, noise reduction, RAW file handling performance, increased battery life, and face recognition. What is a Digic chip? Digic chips are to cameras what Intel Pentium chips are to computers. (This is the same chip used in the Canon 5D Mark II dSLR.)
HS System - allows shooting at higher ISOs (up to 3200) while retaining excellent image quality. This means you can shoot in more low light scenarios without having to use a flash or tripod.
HD Video - 720p HD video recording at 24 frames per second with surround sound. The 'Miniature Effect' scene mode is available in movie mode allowing photographers to shoot at a range of selectable slower frame rates for dramatic, compelling time-lapse-style videos which appear of model scale.
RAW File Handling & Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Software - looking to shoot RAW and do some post processing after your shoot? The G12 can handle .jpg and RAW files and comes with editing software.
Hotshoe - allows for the use of an external flash such as the Canon 580 EX II.
Wide Aperture - aperture can be opened as wide as 2.8 - 4.5 depending on focal length.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Take three images at exposures -2, 0, and +2 and merge them into one high contrast image in-camera!
Tracking AF Mode - tracks subjects that are in motion.
Electronic Leveler - checks if the camera is level to ensure a level horizon.
Multi-Aspect Shooting - allows the photographer to select various aspect ratios to shoot in including 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 and 4:5.
Fast Shooting - shoots up to 4.2 frames per second at its fastest.
Hybrid IS - counteracts camera shake and enables photographers to capture shots in darker conditions. The G12 allows shooting at shutter speeds approximately 4-stops slower than would be otherwise necessary to achieve a sharp shot.

Where can you get one? My favorite places to buy camera gear are B&H; Photo Video and Amazon. I always get the best prices and service at either of these two vendors and without any fuss.

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