"Has Everything I Need With A Little Extra :)"5.0 starson by Finland
Pros: Swivel View Finder *** Image Stabilization *** Outside Controls *** A Place To Add A Better Flash *** Shoots In RAW *** Some Len's Can Be Added *** How To, Books Written Specifically For This Camera.
Cons: Awkward To Hold And Shoot *** A Lot Abilities I Find Unnecessary Because of Computer Photo Editing Software These Days,
Summary: I bought the camera because I missed out on Image Stabilization with a different Canon PowerShot (A630) back in 2006. I basically use my camera mostly to take shots of "text" from books & magazines to put them in my computer using Prizmo (sweet). Hence, taking Shot's without the flash (to avoid the glare bouncing back from the page) made my shots of "text" fuzzy and hard to read, like, all the time (that is, without an iron grip that would make Superman envious) all because my A630 has no Image Stabilization, follow? Furthermore without question, I need the swivel LCD screen, being books & magazines are just placed on the floor or table or even just on my lap etc. No studio over here (places everyone), lol...Looks like the EYE FI feature of turning off the card from uploading (built in the Camera) does work, although there is still a note in the booklet about it "maybe" having trouble. Being a big fan of the EYE IF card I felt compelled to make an "addendum."
That's really about it, using the flash with my old A630 covered any other requirements for picture taking farfignugen (just fine).
So I thought I would leave my two cents worth at CNET because, I do own this camera :)
Also I had bought a lens that fit the A630 PowerShot, something called LA-DC58F if this is the adaptor and not the Lens itself, I forget because there are a couple of len's and filters but you do need an ADAPTOR, why?
The lens itself doesn't come off the camera, rather you add a lens OVER, the camera's lens itself, you with me? However, it seems the Fish Eye lens is unnecessary because the G12 apparently has the ability built in (and you'll never guess with lens I happen to have). But I'll see which one works better.
I'm not an advance photographer, rather far from it, which this camera says is a stepping stone too (a pro camera). It has all or at least most of the "adjustment" stuff on the outside of the camera, which even I know must be great (being that you don't have to dig around for it in the Menus). But for me, outside of avoiding the glare from flash (and using a slave flash sidekick helps), it seems you can just tweak the "stuff out" on Computer Programs, no? Like I said, I'm just a knock around type of guy.
I do look forward to trying out different abilities, and there is a book written specifically for this camera, which I have (in digital - bought through Kindle, Amazon) but I tell ya, between you and me, the more I think about it, why on earth try and make adjustments "on" the camera other than just getting a good plane, ordinary shot (which Auto seems to do just fine) and do the rest with a computer program.
The camera Is awkward to hold, in so much as your fingers easily can sit on top of some control functions, but the interfering controls are rather innocuous (not harmful), and when you start taking shots, you will realize that how the camera feels in the hand, is really not that important, when your mind is (or should be) on the shot itself, follow? So in my opinion, how a camera feels in the hand (truth be told) is not so high on my list. Oh don't get me wrong - when I'm shopping I find it hard to shake the need for the requirement, but trust me, I know when I'm shooting it's the farthest thing from my mind...
It shoots RAW, which from what I understand helps a lot when tweaking images on the computer; I look forward to seeing what that's all about; and last but certainly not least, there is a video camera built in to this bad boy, which I'm sure is fine, considering I use other devices specifically for that purpose, but it's there. The booklet talks about it maybe having some difficulty with working with EYE FI an SD Card Product, a dream come true (I use one) although there is a setting "in" the menu Made Especially for the EYE FI Card (believe it or not) to turn "the card" off. Which I found to be rather a cool idea, because I happen to shoot when the computer is on (not that I can't turn the EYE FI up loader off in the computer, you see?). So in closing, I think the difficulty they refer to in the booklet might be about the camera not being able to "turn off" the EYE FI SD Cards ability to upload (which is it's purpose) because when I have engage the off function in the camera, it doesn't work (at least so far) BUT the card still works just fine (so I don't know what that's all about and I don't wanna know - as long as my card still works). Yes, it's just avoiding the use of the cable, but when you experience the ease, there is no going back (and the speed seems to be the same as any other upload) being that I'm in the ten or so shot range. There are several cards to choose from "don't forget video" so I would suggest reading about them, if your interested...
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Updated on Feb 14, 2011