It’s official. In October, Canon will begin shipping the G12 at around $500. It offers many upgrades that were recently introduced on the Canon S95 last August.
The big news for me personally is that it’s finally shooting video at 720p/30 HD and even has an HDMI output. This makes the G12 a very affordable video camera as well as still camera.
Canon’s Hybrid IS advanced stabilization as well as the multi-shot high dynamic range mode add some cool new features to the G12.
A 10-megapixel sensor and 5x zoom round out the camera. Dedicated dials for exposure and ISO are still onboard, as is an optical viewfinder, a hot shoe, and a 2.7-inch articulating LCD.
The addition of “in-camera” HDR mode is exciting – although I want to see what that fully entails before I get TOO excited. Considering Nikon’s announcement earlier of the P7000…Nikon appears to offer a few features the G12 does not. The P7000 offers a slightly longer lens at 7.1x zoom compared to 5x zoom and a larger 3-inch compared to 2.7-inch LCD.
On paper the G12 looks great. I expect given the history of the G-series it will be a great performer. I am going to put both the G12 and the new Nikon P7000 through extensive testing in October and let you know which one I’ll be carrying in my bag. My poor G11 is getting nervous. It knows it’s bound for the orphanage.
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