Let the G Series Inspire You.
Feast your eyes on an updated G Series digital camera: The G12. It's ready to impress the advanced amateurs who have always celebrated the G Series. The G12 is still loaded with powerful technologies that has made the G Series cameras so renowned, like the Canon HS SYSTEM, 2.8-inch Vari-angle PureColour System LCD, and RAW + JPEG image modes. Now, this flagship camera paves the way with these new upgrades like 720p HD Video with stereo sound to get crystal clear footage, multiple aspect ratios, High Dynamic Range, Electronic Level, Tracking AF, a Front Dial and much more to give you even more creative control than before!
10.0 Megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor create Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low light performance and better image quality.
Shoot beautiful 720p HD video in stereo sound and play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control.
Utilizes Canon's Hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting.
Large, bright 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles plus an optical viewfinder.
A high-powered 5x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 28mm Wide-Angle Lens gets you up close and personal to your subjects, as well as capture more in your frame.
A host of optional accessories including Speedlite flashes, underwater housing and Tele-Converter Lens are available.
HighDynamicRange scene mode combines multiple shots into one picture showing greater image detail.
Image Quality That's Better Than Ever.
The PowerShot G12 employs the HS SYSTEM by combining a powerful 10.0 Megapixel CCD sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor. Thanks to this technological advancement, the G12 is dramatically more sensitive than cameras with identical megapixel counts, and delivers spectacular images with minimal noise. Increased sensitivity demands a higher ISO speed, and the PowerShot G12 delivers with a new maximum setting of ISO 3200. Blur and camera shake are notably reduced for the ultimate in sharpness and clarity.
In addition, a new Low Light mode lets you capture images in an astonishing range of conditions. The camera automatically adjusts the ISO speed from ISO 320 to ISO 12800 in relation to ambient brightness, subject movement and camera shake.
Easy HD Shooting and HD Playback.
The PowerShot G12 lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD videos (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition TV monitor. You'll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 still images at once.
The PowerShot G12 also includes spectacular video functionality. When shooting video, you can get up close with the 5x Optical Zoom for riveting detail and realism, from the overall appearance to facial expressions! And the camera's Smart AUTO technology that helps ensure the perfect still image works to bring that same quality to your video.
Creative Power in Your Control.
The PowerShot G12's RAW mode lets you shoot images without JPEG compression. It gives you clearer images and complete creative control in editing. RAW images are transferred directly to the computer where they can then be edited using image adjustment software or a processing application to adjust your images as you please. The camera can also be set to allow the simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images while shooting.
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions, and with 28 Shooting Modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way:
The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
You define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
The ultimate in creative control, you select both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
The lens constantly autofocuses, avoiding any shutter lag.
The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."
For front to back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.
Kids & Pets
Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won?t miss those special shots.
Ensure highly accurate auto focusing when shooting fast-moving subjects.
The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colours.
Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one colour, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Choose to retain a single colour in your image while other colours turn monochrome.
Select a colour and replace it with a colour you specify for special effects.
Takes three shots, of the same scene, in different exposures in succession and combines all three images together to capture an image with flattering shadows and highlights. *Tripod is required.
Creates the look and feel of old photographs using sepia tones and saturation.
Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.
Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. (Note: Optional Waterproof Case WP-DC34 required for shooting any underwater images)
Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
Shoot in HD (1280 x 720) at 24 fps for up to 25 min. and 08 sec. or 4GB per clip. Shoot in VGA (640 x 480) at 30 fps or for up to 43 min. and 43 sec. or 4GB per clip and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour 58 min. and 19 sec. or 4GB per clip.
Zoom at Will - You're in the Clear.
The PowerShot G12 is equipped with Canon's highly advanced Hybrid IS function, which corrects camera shake from two sources to deliver sharp, blur-free images even when you zoom in close to your subject.
Hybrid IS employs both an angular sensor and an accelerometer, enabling it to suppress both the blur caused by the angle of the camera and the "shift blur" that happens when your subject moves parallel to the camera, a problem that is especially noticeable at large zoom factors.
With the ability to produce clear, steady images in all situations and at any zoom length, the PowerShot G12 is the camera you'll want to take everywhere.
A View That's a Pure Pleasure.
The PowerShot G12 gives you a large 2.8-inch PureColour System LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. But size is only part of the story. Canon's PureColour System LCD offers spectacular colour, resolution and contrast even at an angle. The screen is durable and easy to see. It is a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images.
Get More in the Frame.
The camera is equipped with a long, 5x Optical Zoom, and Canon's own Optical Image Stabilizer Technology keeps images steady and blur-free all through the zoom range - even in low light - by detecting motion and generating a corrective signal. Because it is an optical system, more corrective movement is allowed and there is no degradation of image quality.
The G12 is a highly versatile camera with a wide-angle zoom lens that reaches all the way from 28mm at the wide end to 140mm at the telephoto end (35mm format equivalent). You'll capture more image in every shot, and add greater depth to your overall photography.
The Creative Freedom You've Wanted.
The PowerShot G12 is compatible with the Speedlite flash series intended for all EOS series SLR cameras. Attach a Speedlite flash to the hot shoe, then you can set and control the flash on the "Flash Control" menu in the camera. With a Speedlight, the G12 is given extra functions such as autoflash metering, FE lock and Flash exposure compensation; continuous shooting with external flash. Also Canon's Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 enables you to have multiple slave flashes and wireless control. A Tele-Converter lens designed for the G12, Filter Adapter FA-DC58B and WP-DC34 Waterproof Case is also available.
Beautiful Images with Beautiful Detail.
Shooting in high contrast environments can often result in photos with overexposed and underexposed sections. So to tackle this problem, Canon developed the HighDynamicRange shooting mode to make select PowerShot cameras even more intuitive. Under HighDynamicRange* the camera will shoot three different exposures in a succession (underexposed, overexposed and normal) and then merge them into a single image. Underexposed areas are combined with the overexposed and vice versa, resulting in an evenly detailed image with flattering shadows and highlights.
*Tripod is required.
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical / 4x Digital / 20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
10.0 Megapixel, 1/1.7-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Approx. 10.4 Megapixels
Approx. 10.0 Megapixels
6.1 (W) - 30.5 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 140 (T) mm)
My Colours Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Colour*
* Adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available.
- Not available in RAW and RAW+JPEG
*Delay time (0 - 15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots
(1 - 10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Normal: Approx. 2.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 4.2 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
AF: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
LV: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.2 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
- Differs depending on the zoom position.
SD/SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format Normal, Fine, RAW
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG), RAW (CR2 Canon Original))*
* Images processed with DPP.
Videos: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 16:9 Large: 3648 x 2048 Medium 1: 2816 x 1584 Medium 2: 1920 x 1080 Small: 640 x 360
3:2 Large: 3648 x 2432 Medium 1: 2816 x 1880 Medium 2: 1600 x 1064 Small: 640 x 424
4:3 Large: 3648 x 2736 Medium 1: 2816 x 2112 Medium 2: 1600 x 1200 Small: 640 x 480 RAW: 3648 x 2736 - Fixed to 1824 x 1368 when in Low Light
1:1 Large: 2736 x 2736 Medium 1: 2112 x 2112 Medium 2: 1200 x 1200 Small: 480 x 480
4:5 Large: 2192 x 2736 Medium 1: 1696 x 2112 Medium 2: 960 x 1200 Small: 384 x 480
Videos: Standard, Colour Accent, Colour Swap: 1280 x 720 (24 fps*1), 640 x 480 (30 fps*2), 320 x 240 (30 fps*2) Miniature Effect: 1280 x 720 (Shooting: 6 fps/3 fps/1.5 fps; Playback: 30 fps*2) 640 x 480 (Shooting: 6 fps/3 fps/1.5 fps, Playback: 30 fps*2) *1 Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps. *2 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
Medium 1 (M1)
Medium 2 (M2)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
Low Light (L)
File Size (KB)
Standard, Colour Accent, Colour Swap
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
320 x 240
Video size (KB/sec.)
25 min. 08 sec.
43 min. 43 sec.
1 hr. 58 min. 19 sec.
1 hr. 42 min. 57 sec.
2 hr. 59 min. 03 sec.
8 hr. 04 min. 30 sec.
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
1 hr. 45 min. 52 sec.
3 hr. 21 min. 09 sec.
5 hr. 35 min. 16 sec.
3 hr. 43 min. 30 sec.
6 hr. 42 min. 20 sec.
11 hr. 10 min. 33 sec.
7 hr. 13 min. 30 sec.
13 hr. 43 min. 40 sec.
22 hr. 52 min. 47 sec.
15 hr. 15 min. 11 sec.
27 hr. 27 min. 20 sec.
45 hr. 45 min. 35 sec.
Note: N=Normal F=Fine Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.
Playback Modes File
- Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Resume Playback, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Jump, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist), Smart Shuffle - Still Images: Single, Index, Magnification, Trimming, Resize, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning. - Videos: Normal Playback*, Editing, slow motion **, pause, first frame, last frame, next frame, previous frame, fast forward, fast rewind * Auto settings available in 5 levels ** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available.
Select image, select range, all images (all filtered images) - The image data in the memory card stored with the design rule for camera file systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased). - RAW + JPEG images can be erased individually.
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed USB (dedicated female connector with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Analog: NTSC/PAL, digital: HDMI mini connector
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-7L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50 LCD Monitor on: Approx. 370 shots LCD Monitor off: Approx. 1000 shots Approx: 310 shots when in Quick Shot mode (LCD monitor on) Approx. 7 hours
1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-7L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50
LCD Monitor on: Approx. 370 shots LCD Monitor off: Approx. 1000 shots Approx: 310 shots when in Quick Shot mode (LCD monitor on)
Approx. 7 hours
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.41 x 3.00 x 1.90 in. / 112.1 x 76.2 x 48.3mm* CIPA Compliant
Approx. 12.4 oz./ 351g (camera body only)
What's in the Box
Lithium Battery Pack NB-7L
Battery Charger CB-2LZ
Neck Strap NS-DC9
AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
26 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi).
All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.
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