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In 2010 Canon released the PowerShot G12 as a premium compact successor to the PowerShot G11 released in 2009. The G11 proved to be an extremely popular camera. The outward dimensions appearance of the G12 is identical to the G11, but the G12 is slightly heavier. Many of the features of the G11 are also identical to those found on the G12 including: 10.0 Megapixel CCD, DIGIC 4 processor, a 28-140mn equivalent lens, a 2.8” tilt and swivel LCD, an optical viewfinder, manual control and RAW recording capabilities.
So what is the difference between the two cameras? One of the major differences, and perhaps its significant enough for you to trade in your G11, is that the G12 offers 720p High Definition video. The G11 only has 640 x 480. The second major difference in the G11 and G12 is in the number of possible ISO settings. The range on both cameras remains the same but the G12 offers more “in between” settings. Specifically, the G12 adds ISO 125, ISO 160, ISO 250, ISO 320, ISO 500, ISO 640, ISO 1000, ISO 1250, ISO 2000, and ISO 2500. Thus, the low light capabilities of the G12 are usefully improved.
The reception of the upgraded G12 features has been largely positive with most new users providing very satisfied feedback. The noted exception to this appears to have come largely from current G11 owners who were looking for a more expanded feature set.
For an average camera user the best thing about either the G11 and G12 PowerShot cameras is that they are used by professional photographers as their “second” or backpack store cameras that serve as a backup camera for their higher-end SLR cameras. Considering the standards demanded by these professional camera users, the G11 and G12 cameras produce excellent photographs for the money invested. We also recommend that you read user reviews on Amazon.com for the Canon PowerShot G11 10MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch articulating LCD and the Canon G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD before you actually spend any of your hard earned cash.