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7.18.2012

Canon G12

I have had the Canon G12 for a while, and I really like it; good quality images, snappy performance, and for the most part it's a keeper. One of the main reasons I got it was the optical viewfinder to have more focusing control, but I have found I rarely used it as it was not terribly helpful. If I had to do it again I would go micro 4/3s and I still might. an EP1 with a 14-42 lens is compelling, but for now I am saving of for a wide angle lens for my Canon DLSRs. Summing up the G12 here are my pluses and minuses:
+
  • Tons of neat features especially the built in ND filter
  • Fast performance even in RAW
  • Great picture quality
  • Good trade-off of quality vs size for my DLSRs
  • Good battery life
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  • Not really pocket-able
  • Focus assist light stays on the whole time camera is in focus, does not lock and go off
  • Optical viewfinder sucks
  • Micro 4/3s viable alternative
Since it's not really pocket-able, I'm going with the Fuji Finepix F600 as by do-it-all pocket camera. Just got it last week and will test it out and give my feedback. If it works out I may sell my G12 and get a Micro 4/3s, but with the 5x zoom, the G12 is still a more compact alternative to the m4/3s with a lens that is 5x zoom.

Below is a gallery of some of the pictures I have taken with the G12:


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