Canon announces the PowerShot G12 today, an update to the advanced G series, alongside the PowerShot SX30 IS packing a wallop with a 35x optical zoom lens. These cameras offer enthusiast-focused features like RAW shooting and manual exposure modes.
Canon PowerShot G12
The PowerShot G12 notably adds 720p HD video capture, a feature missing from previous G cameras. With HD video now practically a requirement in new compact cameras, it's an expected update to the G12.
Also new to the G12 is a High Dynamic Range mode which will layer three images together that have been (ideally) captured using a tripod. The G12 will use Canon's High Sensitivity system 10 megapixel CCD sensor and will be equipped with a 2.8-inch 460k-dot LCD, Digic IV image processor, and a 5x optical zoom. That zoom lens will cover a range equivalent to 28-140mm.
Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
Canon's popular SX20 offered the most generous zoom range of the PowerShot lineup with a 20x optical zoom. Other manufacturers amped up their DSLR-like ultrazooms into the 24x and 30x zoom range while the SX20 continued to hold a top place in our monthly view rankings again and again.
Enter the SX30, vaulting to the front and center of the ultrazoom field with a 35x optical zoom lens. It covers an equivalent zoom range of 24-840mm. Also packed into the SX30's compact body is a 14 megapixel sensor, a 2.7-inch vari-angle LCD, and HD video recording with stereo sound.
Pricing and availability
The Canon PowerShot G12 will cost $499.99 when it is introduced in October. Available in September, the SX130 IS fetches an MSRP of $429.99.