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Thinking of getting a Canon PowerShot G12

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dtytfyiutiufg    3

Hi all,

I am thinking of buying a Canon PowerShot G12 when it is released next week (October 8th). I had a G11 and loved it. I had a 40D which I sold when I didn't have time (or money) to spend on such an expensive camera. The G11 was a very nice middle ground camera giving great results but without the overhead of a dSLR. I sold my G11 a few months ago as I needed the cash more but now things have balanced out for me I am thinking of getting the new G12. I don't have the money to spend on a dSLR and my previous experience with the G11 makes me want the G12. I know it is expensive and I could spend a little more and get a 500D or similar from another company but I don't really want something the size of a dSLR at the moment.

I was wondering what others opinions are. What competitors are there to the G12 from other makes such as Sony and Panasonic?

My maximum is ?500 and that is pushing it a bit above what I would like to spend to be honest, the G12 is ?450.

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Argote    73

For that kind of money I'd look into a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera such as the Sony NEX series or a Micro Four Thirds from Panasonic or Olympus.

The NEX has a large APS-C sensor though the zoom lens is kinda large to slip it in your pocket (you could also get it with a 16/2.8 pancake lens for less but you wouldn't have the zoom, or you could get both). In it's defense, the G12 is pretty big as well.

http://www.amazon.co...85781583&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.co...5781909&sr=8-15

http://www.amazon.co...85781618&sr=8-3

http://www.amazon.co...85781618&sr=8-8

The NEX also has adapters for most mounts of lenses and can actually AF Sony A-mount lenses with built in motors with the official adapter (and with the new firmware update).

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Andre    9

Nikon Coolpix P7000 is pretty much a direct competitor of G11 and most likely G12 as well. Read and watch some review about it. You might like it.

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dtytfyiutiufg    3

The Sony NEX-5 looks very interesting although it is a bit more than I wanted to pay. Seems that it is better than similar offerings from Panasonic, etc.

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Argote    73

The Sony NEX-5 looks very interesting although it is a bit more than I wanted to pay. Seems that it is better than similar offerings from Panasonic, etc.

The advantage is that it uses a larger APS-C sensor rather than a four thirds sensor (which is still decently large, but smaller).

Also look into the NEX 3, it is very similar from what I can remember.

http://www.mhohner.d...a/onebody/nex-3

http://www.mhohner.d...a/onebody/nex-5

Here's the list of differences (aside from the physical body itself):

http://www.mhohner.d...x-5&comp2=nex-3

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dtytfyiutiufg    3

Ugh after spending the past couple of hours reading about all the different cameras I am now torn between the following; Canon PowerShot G12 or, Sony NEX-5 (dual lens kit is pretty good value) or, Panasonic GF1 or biting the bullet and getting a Canon EOS 550D (18-55mm lens kit) as it is only a little more than the rest and the reviews are pretty epic. Damn I am stuck for choice now! :(

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o0moonman0o    54

if u are gonna get a g12, just get a s95. else go micro 4/3 as others have pointed.

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dtytfyiutiufg    3

I think I am gonna save up a little more and get the 550D, if I am going to spend ?500 on a camera I might as well save a little bit more and get a full on dSLR again for ?150 more I figure.

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crazzy88ss    65

I think I am gonna save up a little more and get the 550D, if I am going to spend ?500 on a camera I might as well save a little bit more and get a full on dSLR again for ?150 more I figure.

+1 to that

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Argote    73

I think that if you definitely want the smaller size then a NEX or M4/3 would also be nice. If you prefer more physical controls then do go for the DSLR.

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dtytfyiutiufg    3

Yeah I am going to get the 550D :) The included lens will be good enough for a while so I can save up for a nice USM zoom :)

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