The Canon Photoshot G12 is targeted as a backup camera to professional gear like DSLRs. These have a lot of features found in professional cameras in a compact form factor.

Canon was the first to reduce the megapixel with the G11. The reason for reducing megapixel was that with each increase in megapixel, there was a drop in image quality. Hence Canon decided to focus on improving image quality rather than increasing megapixel. If quality matters to you in a compact camera, then this camera is for you, if megapixel matters to you, then you need not read further :)

Here are some key features of the G12 which are carried over from G11:

  • 10 Megapixel camera
  • 5X wide-angel optical zoom
  • 2.8″ swirl LCD
  • Support for RAW
  • HDMI connectivity
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • Built in flash
  • 28-140mm (35mm equiv)
  • ISO from 80-3200 (the G12 has more ranges)
  • Weight: 355g

New features over G11:

  • HD Movie mode (new addition)
  • Hybrid IS (better image stabilisation)
  • Support for SDXC cards.

My suggestions: If you don’t need the additional features, go with the G11 as you may get a nice deal.