Canon PowerShot G12

PowerShot and IXUS digital compact cameras

Canon PowerShot G12
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Canon PowerShot G12

The Benchmark

The PowerShot G12 gives exceptional images with HS System and a premium Canon wide-angle lens. Full Manual mode, RAW, Front Dial and optional Lens Filter Adapter allow professional levels of control.

  • HS System
  • High-sensitivity 10 MP CCD
  • 28mm wide, 5x zoom lens, Hybrid IS
  • 7.0 cm (2.8") vari-angle LCD, Electronic Level, OVF
  • Front Dial, Full Manual & RAW
  • HD movies, HDMI
  • High Dynamic Range mode
  • Smart Auto
  • Multi-Aspect Shooting
  • Extensive accessory system
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  • Great low-light shots Great low-light shots
  • 10.0 Megapixel CCD 10.0 Megapixel CCD
  • 5x optical zoom with wide-angle 5x optical zoom with wide-angle
  • Lens-shift Image Stabilizer Lens-shift Image Stabilizer
  • Steady macro shots Steady macro shots
  • Powerful DIGIC processing Powerful DIGIC processing
  • Flip-out for viewing at any angle Flip-out for viewing at any angle
  • Extra control Extra control
  • Aperture and shutter speed control Aperture and shutter speed control
  • RAW RAW
  • 720p movies with stereo sound 720p movies with stereo sound
  • Auto mode with scene detection Auto mode with scene detection
  • Helps keep horizons straight Helps keep horizons straight
  • High Dynamic Range mode High Dynamic Range mode
  • Neutral Density Filter Neutral Density Filter
  • View stills and videos on TV View stills and videos on TV

HS System with High-sensitivity 10 MP CCD and DIGIC 4

The HS System is a powerful combination of high-sensitivity sensor and DIGIC 4 processor – providing exceptional low-light shooting capabilities. Higher ISO reduces the need for flash and allows faster shutter speeds to reduce blur when the subject is in motion.

28mm wide, 5x zoom lens with Hybrid IS

A high-quality genuine Canon lens covering 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) allows for flexibility and clarity. The optical Image Stabilizer corrects camera shake up to 4-stops, while Hybrid IS gives sharp results when shooting macro.

7.0 cm (2.8") vari-angle LCD, Electronic Level, OVF

The vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD offers superb colour rendition and contrast and can be adjusted for shooting at awkward angles. Electronic Level display shows a level indicator on screen to check the camera is horizontal while an optical viewfinder allows the user to compose using their own shooting style.

Take Full Control

The PowerShot G12 features Full Manual mode with RAW format giving the user complete control during post-shot editing; and with support for Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, digital SLR users can integrate the PowerShot G12 into an existing workflow.

HD movies with HDMI

As well as shooting high quality stills, the PowerShot G12 can capture 720p HD Movies with stereo sound. Results can be played back with no loss in quality via the HDMI terminal.

High Dynamic Range mode

In high contrast scenes, a conventional digital camera can struggle to capture detail in shadows and highlights. When placed on a tripod the High Dynamic Range mode takes multiple exposures of the same scene and combines them in-camera to capture a high contrast scene in detail.

Smart Auto

Smart Auto uses Scene Detection Technology to detect the appropriate scene from a possible 28, to obtain the best result. Smart Flash Exposure intelligently controls flash power and usage.

Multi-Aspect Shooting

The user can shoot in a range of formats including 3:2, 1:1, 16:9 and 4:5 allowing perfect composition at the time of shooting without the need to post-process.

Extensive accessory system

The PowerShot G12 supports a range of accessories including a Lens Filter Adapter which allows the addition of 58mm filters. A hotshoe allows for the use of Canon Speedlite flashes while a Waterproof Case allows the user to use the camera underwater up to 40m.

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 1/1.7 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 6.1 - 30.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 - 140 mm)
Zoom Optical 5x. Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined Approx. 20x
Maximum f/number f/2.8-f/4.5
Construction 11 elements in 9 groups (1 double-sided aspherical element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), 4-stop, Hybrid IS

FOCUSING

Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed centre or Face Select and Track)
AF Modes Single, Continuous (only available in Auto mode), Servo AF/AE[10], Tracking AF
AF Point Selection Manual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 1 cm (W) from front of lens in macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ND Filter (3 stop)
AEB 1/3 - 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200
Speed 1 - 1/4000 sec. (factory default)
15 - 1/4000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom1, Custom2.
White Balance Correction

VIEWFINDER

Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder
Dioptre Correction Yes

LCD MONITOR

Monitor Vari-angle 7.0 cm (2.8”) PureColor II VA (TFT), Approx. 461,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II¹)
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm - 7.0 m (W) / 4.0 m (T)
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites¹, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

SHOOTING

Modes Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom (2 modes), Low Light (2.5MP), Quick Shot, SCN (Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Sports, Smart Shutter(Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Color Accent, Color Swap, High Dynamic Range, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Nostalgic, Stitch Assist), Movie
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.0 shots/sec.¹, AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec.¹, LV: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size 4:3 - (L & RAW) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, Resize in playback (M2, S, 320 x 240)
16:9 - (L) 3648 x 2048, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (L)3648 x 2432, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (L) 2736 x 2736, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
4:5 - (L) 2192 x 2736, (M1) 1696 x 2112, (M2) 960 x 1200, (S) 384 x 480
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (HD) 1280 x 720, 24 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps, (M) 320 x 240, 30 fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Movie Length Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (HD)¹
Up to 4 GB or 1 hour (L, M)²

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, RAW, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My Menu Start-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes, live histogram
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x - 10x
Self Timer Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi

INTERFACE

Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.4 – 10.6 (Intel processor required)

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional for RAW development

POWER SOURCE

Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-7L (NB-7L battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 370 shots¹
Approx. 420 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50

ACCESSORIES

Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-660, SC-DC65A, DCC-1600
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC34, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Lenses Tele-converter 1.4x TC-DC58D
Lens Adapter LA-DC58K
Filter Adapter FA-DC58B (Compatible with Canon 58mm Filters: Circular Polarizing PL-C B, Neutral Density Filter ND4X-L & ND8X-L, Protect, UV, Softmat No.1 & 2)
Flash Canon Speedlites (including 220EX, 270EX, 430EX II, 580EX II [4]), Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Bracket BKT-DC1, Speedlite Bracket SB-E2,
High Power Flash HF-DC1
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote Switch RS-60E3
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50, Battery Charger CB-2LZE
Other Ring Accessory Kit RAK-DC2
Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment 0 - 40°C, 10 - 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 112.1 x 76.2 x 48.3 mm
Weight Approx. 401 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
Manual Power Adjustment ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
External Flash ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: 1280 x 720, 30 fps Speed Class 4 or above. 1920 x 1080, 30 fps Speed Class 6
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
  • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.