When Canon brought out the G10 a couple years back with 14.7 megapixels on a 1/1.7″ sensor, ISO noise performance came in for a steady diet of criticism. The G11 kept the sensor size but backed off resolution to 10.1 megapixels and the gripes about ISO performance disappeared. The G12 has made its debut and you’ll be happy to know Canon didn’t mess with success – the 1/1.7″ sensor returns along with the 10.1 megapixel resolution.
At first blush the G12 looks to be a modest update of the G11 – adding a 720p HD video capability with stereo sound, and some other goodies like multiple aspect ratios, a high dynamic range scene mode, electronic level and tracking AF. Physically, there is a strong resemblance between the G11 and 12, with the 12 picking up a front dial not found on the 11. Beyond that, you’d be hard pressed to tell one from the other without seeing the badging on the front of the body.
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