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Canon G12 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 10MP 5x Jun 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Fifteen industry awards
Good battery life
No HD video
196 Reviews + 15 Awards
DP Review Gold PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Gold

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Reviews

Fifteen Industry Awards

The editors of websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Ljudochbild.se all concluded that this camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

This compact camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from websites Photoreview.com.au, Best4reviews.com and Cnetfrance.fr all of whom decided that this camera was brilliant.

The editors of two additional expert review sites both concluded that they would recommend this camera. Camera Labs gave this Canon camera a "Recommended" award and Lydogbilde.no gave it an "Especially Recommended" award.

This digital camera was given a "Gold" award by both websites What Digital Camera and DP Review, both of which said that this Canon camera was brilliant.

This Canon camera received a "Platinum" award from review websites Buy-n-shoot.com who concluded that this camera was excellent.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on sixty-five expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com and CNET.com the average expert rating of this camera is 82 out of 100.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 89 out of 100. 72 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Excellent Brand

We checked 34,085 user and expert reviews (including 390 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its compact cameras. 96% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon G12 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Noise Noticeable At is 800

Six people who reviewed it considered that it was noisy. Digitaltrends.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Too much noise at elevated ISOs”. Pcworld.in wrote seven years ago “Noise noticeable at IS 800” however despite that they scored it 4 stars out of 5. Also seven years ago Best4reviews.com wrote “Price, high ISO noise problems, sluggish focusing, size” in their review of this digital camera yet they still gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Six people who reviewed it considered that it was noisy. Digitaltrends.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Too much noise at elevated ISOs”. Pcworld.in wrote seven years ago “Noise noticeable at IS 800” however despite that they scored it 4 stars out of 5. Also seven years ago Best4reviews.com wrote “Price, high ISO noise problems, sluggish focusing, size” in their review of this digital camera yet they still gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.


Lens System

Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Canon G12 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to this camera. Compact cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera have digital zooms of between 2x and 330x, and the average digital zoom is 31x.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix X20 (8x), or the Sony DSCHX300 ($540.86) (100x) which is also cheaper.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the Canon G12 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Sony DSCHX300 ($540.86) (50x and cheaper).

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Display

Very Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.8 inches, the Canon G12 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera. Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera the display diagonals range from 2.7" to 4.8".

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Canon G15 (3" and higher rated), or the Fujifilm X100 (3" and higher rated); or the Sony DSCHX300 ($540.86) (3" and cheaper).

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of cameras of this type and age is 230,000 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of only 461,000 pixels, the Canon G12 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Support

Full Manual

Thirty-three people who reviewed it agreed that it had good technical guidance. Techreviewsource.com said in their Canon G12 review “Lots of manual controls”. Eleven years ago Mac World mentioned “Superb blend of automated and manual controls”. Camera Labs mentioned “RAW files and full manual controls” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 4 stars out of 5.


Weight & Dimensions

A ProLevel Compact Camera

Fifty-six people thought the Canon G12 was compact. Six years ago Pc Mag mentioned “Very good image quality for a compact camera”. Wired.com wrote “A ProLevel Compact Camera” . Dcresource.com wrote seven years ago “Very good photo quality, with about a full stop advantage over typical compact cameras at high sensitivities” in their review of this digital camera.

Twenty-seven owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was heavy and bulky. Dp Review said on DP Review “Lots of manual control (we love the big chunky dials”. Six years ago expert review site Wired.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “They’re bulky and they weigh a ton”. Pocket-Lint.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Pocket Lint seven years ago “Big, heavy and feature rich”.

Four owners wrote that it was lightweight. Expert website Digitalcamerainfo.com said six years ago “A substantial, albeit lightweight, body” in their review of this digital camera. D. G. Carter wrote on Amazon.co.uk also six years ago “The G12 ticks all the boxes as a compact, lightweight backup to my SLRs” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

Four customers concluded that the product was easy to carry around. Only One Ade wrote “Very effective zoom, that holds the quality of the image, portable and easy to carry” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Three years ago Steve Regis mentioned “Apart from that lovely to handle and a neat package, easy to carry in pocket for urban shots when not wanting to carry a DSLR”. Judi Kasasian wrote in her review of this digital camera “The G12 is sufficiently compact and robust to be a considered a compact pocket camera and thus easy to carry around at all times for rapid deployment when required” and scored this digital camera 80 out of 100.

Two customers who purchased the product considered that it was a good body shape. Dcresource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “Well built, rangefinderstyle body”. Frank Bison said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “I find the metal body a little cold to the touch sometimes, in winter it was like holding an ice cube.”.

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Lots of Manual Control (we Love the Big Chunky Dials

Twenty-seven owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was heavy and bulky. Dp Review said on DP Review “Lots of manual control (we love the big chunky dials”.

Six years ago expert review site Wired.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “They’re bulky and they weigh a ton”. Pocket-Lint.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Pocket Lint seven years ago “Big, heavy and feature rich”.

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Design

Solid Build

Fourty-five people who reviewed the product wrote that it was well made. Mac World mentioned “Excellent build” . Dp Review said “Ultra-solid build quality along with sleek styling”. Six years ago Techtree.com said in their review of this digital camera “720p HD video with stereo sound capture, rugged build”.

Nine owners considered that it was strong and durable. Consumersearch.com wrote “Massiv und robust, gute Verarbeitung, gute Bedienmglichkeiten, einfache Menfhrung, sehr schnell, hervorragende Bildqualitt, gute Softwareausstattung” . Consumersearch.com also said “Robust manual controls with improved dials” in their review. Wossonthen gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Certainly robust in its metal case, as proven when I accidently threw it across the stippled surface of passenger ferry deck”.

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Image Quality

Seventy-nine customers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Dp Review mentioned on DP Review eleven years ago “Excellent image quality using eight different inks”. Cnet.co.uk wrote in their review of the Canon G12 on CNET.co.uk seven years ago “Tanklike build quality”. Six years ago Techreviewsource.com said “Very good imagevideo quality”.

Easy to Use

Fifty people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use. Mac World said “Superb ease of use” and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Best4reviews.com mentioned “New Front dial very handy” in their review of this digital camera. Techtree.com wrote “Good image quality even in dark conditions, complete manual control, supports RAW image format, large swivel LCD screen, easy to use with dedicated dials, good Macro”.

Seventeen owners said in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Dp Review wrote in their review of this digital camera “Super-speedy in normal quality settings” . Five years ago Winter mentioned “One that allowed me to still easily use manual settings so I can still retain control over my images”. In the same month Geoffcal252 wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Its good on auto settings too.” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

Five customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was easy to handle. Pcworld.in said “Excellent handling and plenty of manual controls” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Five owners who reviewed it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. P a J Covey scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon.co.uk seven years ago “Once you hold it is your hand the G12 is very nice to hold” in their review of this digital camera. Buddy said “It feels great in my hands compared to its newer”. Bill wrote “Having spent a long time considering the G12, I'm not disappointed now its in my hands”.

Two people said in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Dp Review said in their review of this digital camera “Easy to set up and use”. Mr. Paul Dutton said “Extremely easy to set up and gave us the peace of mind me needed withoin minutes of opening the box”.

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Timeless Design

Six customers who bought the Canon G12 considered that it was well designed. Six years ago Digital Versus wrote “Highquality design and build”. Digital Versus also wrote “Logical, wellthoughtout design and handling” in their review. What Digital Camera said in their review of this digital camera “Timeless design”.

Six customers wrote that the product was neat. Expert review site Pocket-Lint.com gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “It also builds on these with some neat new equipment”. Expert review site Best4reviews.com said in their review of this digital camera “Builds on these with neat new equipment including a new control dial on the front, 720p HD movie capture, Hybrid Image Stabilisation”. Seven years ago expert review site Cameralabs.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Neat new features” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Five owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was good looking. Six years ago Colin Peters mentioned in his review of this digital camera “This camera has taken some of my best photos ever - crisp and beautifully exposed”. Mrshev wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Aside from that I have taken some wonderful shots with this camera and it is robust and beautifully made”. Mrshev also wrote “We have managed to drop this a few times and although dented this camera is pretty tough” in their review.

Four people who purchased it considered that it was ergonomic. Camera Labs said “Superb controls, build and ergonomics” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Seven years ago Best4reviews.com wrote “Excellent image quality, well made, superb lens, excellent feature set, good ergonomics and handling”. Dp Review mentioned eleven years ago “Good ergonomics (extra control dial makes a lot of difference” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5.

One person reckoned that this digital camera was smooth. Kilrymont said on Amazon.co.uk “The samples I tried for curiosity's sake all looked pretty smooth and fine textured to my eye” in their review of this digital camera.

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Features

Unique Features

Nineteen owners who purchased it agreed that it had good features. Good Gear Guide.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Plenty of manual features, good image quality, versatile zoom lens, pocketable”. Pocket Lint mentioned in their review of this digital camera “JPEG and RAW capture, build, extensive feature set, multi-angle LCD, great control layout”. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “The Canon PowerShot G12's images and features are excellent for a point-and-shoot camera.”.


Light Exposure

Supports Eighteen ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Canon G12 is more than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a 160 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The ISO sensitivities "80", "100", "125", "200", "250", "320", "400", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2500", "3200" and "Auto" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Canon G12 supports PictBridge. Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera also support PictBridge.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Seven people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good battery life. S. Jones. mentioned “The battery life is very good” in their Canon G12 review. D. G. Carter gave this digital camera a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “An optical viewfinder and excellent battery life were high on the checklist” in their review of this digital camera. D. G. Carter also wrote “Other common bug-bears with compacts tend to be a difficulty in composing the shot with the LCD in strong sunlight and a less than wonderful battery life” in their review.


Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Canon G12 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Canon G12 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a Custom Colour

The Canon G12 has a custom colour, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Dioptre Correction

The Canon G12 has a dioptre correction, as do most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon G12 has an orientation sensor. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have an orientation sensor.

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Features Histogram

The Canon G12 features histogram, as do most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Canon G12 has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Canon G12 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Good Flash

Three owners who reviewed the product thought it had a good flash. Frank Bison mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “It takes photo's indoors without flash no problem at all” in his review of this digital camera.

Good Exposure Control

Two customers who reviewed the Canon G12 concluded that it had good exposure controls. A. De Fleury mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “I find the exposure compensation a very helpful facility, slightly underexposing helps you deal with overexposed skies a common digital problem” in their review of this digital camera.

Good LCD Screen

Thirty-two owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good screen. Trusted Reviews gave the Canon G12 a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote six years ago “Tilt and rotate screen”. Techreviewsource.com said “Popout LCD display” and rated it 80 out of 100. Seven years ago Cnet.co.uk mentioned on CNET.co.uk “Tilt and swivel display is very useful” and gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Thirteen owners concluded that it had a good viewfinder. Expert review site Digitalcamerainfo.com said “It sports an optical independent viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera. Rupert scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon.co.uk six years ago “LCD screen excellent in bright and low light, viewfinder is ok”. Geo rated it a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “It has similar features to my SLR and picture quality is excellent - and it has a viewfinder”.

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Image Quality

Ninety-seven customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was able to produce good images. Dp Review mentioned eleven years ago “Excellent picture quality” . Mac World wrote also eleven years ago “Superior image and video quality” . Seven years ago Consumersearch.com mentioned “Ergonomie gnrale, diversit de boutons et de commandes ddis, dont arrive d'une roue crante l'avant, cran pivotant, qualit des photos (surtout en basse lumire), prcision des rglages (par 13 de diaphragm”.

Fifteen customers thought the Canon G12 was good in low light. Digitaltrends.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned seven years ago “Low noise even in very low light”. Dcresource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Good outdoor and low light visibility”. Claycloggs wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Low light ability is really impressive” in their review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Eight customers said in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range. Best4reviews.com said seven years ago “Dials for ISO and EV”. Mac World mentioned “Dial modes for ISO and Exposure Compensation” in his review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. What Digital Camera gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Gestion remarquable du bruit lectronique jusqu' 1600 ISO” in their review of this digital camera.

Seven customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Dcresource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Flipout, rotating high resolution 2.8" LCD display”. Dp Review said “Good JPEG resolution (though stick to Raw for best results”. Macworld.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Mac World “Fun shooting modes” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it had a good image sensor. Dr. John Bromilow he wrote on Amazon.co.uk “A built in remote sensor would have been helpful” in his review of this digital camera. Five years ago Cdsatpb mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “That is an accepted penalty of the smaller sensor on a compact camera”.

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Hj Zoom, Lav Pris

Fifteen customers who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good zoom. Best4reviews.com mentioned “Excellent optics with a 28mm start to the 5x optical zoom” in their review of this digital camera. Mac World he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Hj zoom, lav pris”. Consumersearch.com said seven years ago “Versatile 5x optical zoom lens”.

Eight customers thought the product had a good lens. Wired.com mentioned “Plenty of manual feature, good image qualit, versatile lens”. Wired.com also wrote “102 YearOld Lens on Canon 5D MkII” in their review. Shackbleep said “If not, there are better cameras out there with a much better lens range”.

Four customers who bought the product thought it had a good image stabiliser. Best4reviews.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said seven years ago “Excellent Optical Image Stabilization”. Asia.cnet.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Effective optical image stabilizer”. Dcresource.com said in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “New and improved "hybrid" optical image stabilization”.

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Dp Review gave the product a rating of 73 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera “Accurate metering and focus”. Rupert gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk six years ago “Focus fast and accurate with various settings including focus check, lock, face select”. P a J Covey mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Face tracking and also auto focus are very fast on the G12”.

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No HD Video

Twenty-three customers who reviewed it considered that it was not good for video recording. Techtree.com mentioned “Tiny field of view in optical viewfinder, no optical zoom during video capture”. Techtree.com also wrote “4GB limit for video capture, no dedicated video capture button” in their review. Trusted Reviews said “Below average video mode” in their review of this digital camera.


Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon G12 has an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera which do not have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this camera and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the Fujifilm FinePix X20 or you might consider a higher scoring digital camera such as the G15, and the PowerShot G1 X Mark II both from Canon are also worth considering.

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1/1.7"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/1.7" optical sensor size, which is typical of many cameras that have been around for more than two years. 7.60 x 5.70mm.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The Canon G12 has a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s) found on most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 384 x 480, 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 960 x 1200, 1200 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 1200, 1696 x 2112, 2112 x 2112, 2192 x 2736, 2736 x 2736, 2816 x 1584, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 2112 and 3648 x 2048 and 3648 x 2432.

This digital camera's still image resolution (640 x 480) is in fact the worst still image resolution across all compact cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

Across comparable types of digital camera the best still image resolution is 4608 x 3456.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Image Resolution

The Canon G12 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of this age and spec have a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years the best image resolution is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Canon G12 supports video capability. Most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago also support video capability.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to consider including the Canon G15 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon G12 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at including the Fujifilm X100 which has better reviews; or the Fujifilm FinePix X20, or the Sony DSCHX300 ($540.86) which is cheaper.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon G12 has an HDMI port. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Canon G12 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon G12 supports video recording, as do most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This compact camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers info 4342b010aa

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