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Canon PowerShot G12 officially announcedBy Mike Joubert 15 September 2010 | Categories: news
After a press release faux-pass splashed details of Canon’s PowerShot G12 all over the internet all ready last month, Canon has now officially announced details of their top of the range digital compact.
The high-end G12’s most interesting addition is the long overdue inclusion of 720p HD video with stereo sound. It also includes an HDMI port to view images on HD displays.
Just like on Canon’s new S95, the G12 also includes built-in High Dynamic Range imaging. While shooting on a tripod, the PowerShot G12 takes three different exposures of the same scene before analysing and combining shots in-camera to create a single image. The resulting shot captures highlight and shadow detail closer to how the photographer sees it. (More after image)
Canon did not incorporate a similar front control ring as found on the S90 and S95, but we are excited about the addition of a new Front Dial that provides swift access to settings during shooting. Users can either prioritise the Front Dial or the rear Multi-Control Dial as the main way of controlling the camera, or use a combination of both.
For example, the Front Dial can be set to control aperture in AV mode while the Multi-Control Dial controls white balance or shooting aspect ratio, or it can be used independently, with the rear Multi-Control Dial disabled to prevent accidental changes to settings.
The PowerShot G12 is the first G-series model to feature Canon’s HS System – a combination of a high-sensitivity 10 Megapixel CCD sensor and high-performance DIGIC 4 processor designed to provide decent image quality in all lighting conditions, including low light.
Also included in the PowerShot G12 is Canon’s Hybrid IS technology to increase the effectiveness of the optical Image Stabilizer when shooting macro subjects.
The G12 retains the 2.8” 461 000 resolution Vari-Angle swivel LCD display and the 28 mm 5x optical zoom lens of its predecessor.
There is no word yet on a local release date or pricing for the G12.
Canon PowerShot G12 – key features:
• HS System
• High-sensitivity 10 MP CCD
• 28 mm 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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