Canon Powershot G12
10 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Optical image stabilization; 2.8-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video; 1.7-inch CCD sensor; Max aperture f2.8; Optical viewfinder; High dynamic range shooting; Multiple aspect ratio modes; DIGIC IV image processor; RAW, JPEG formats; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The G12 is Canon's latest high-end compact, an excellent camera for photo enthusiasts and anyone interested in very sharp shots from a relatively compact camera. The G series has traditionally been very well received in the photo-enthusiast community, so Canon stuck to the formula: it sports the same sensor, similar body, and familiar interface over last year's G11. Notable upgrades include 720p HD video, a high-sensitivity system (also seen in the SD4000
this year), and an upgraded image stabilization system. It's built like a brick, which diminishes its appeal to a degree, as does the lens; the range is nice, but it starts at f/2.8, where some competitors drop down to f/2.0 or lower. But if you want an optical viewfinder and tons of manual control on a compact camera, look here.