Leak pegs price of Canon G12 at €549

Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 11:56 by Tech Correspondent

Supposed price details of Canon’s latest G-series point-and-shoot digital camera are out.! Word has it that Canonrumors managed to get a sneak peak to an ad claiming the Canon PowerShot G12 will be sold for €549 ($707.60 at present). No details as of now, though, on the likely availability of the new camera.

Soon after Canon having launched the Ixus 1000 HS, the PowerShot S95 and the PowerShot SX130 IS in the UK last month, Cnet Asia had published – what it claimed – were the specifications of the Canon PowerShot G12.

The Canon PowerShot G12 camera is expected to sport all the basic features of the G-series, along with a few enhancements. The G12 is likely to have a 10-megapixel CCD sensor and feature 5x optical zoom (with optical image stabilization). Like the G11, the new Canon digital camera is understood to be  equipped with a 2.8-inch tilt and swivel LCD screen.

Various reports circulating on the Web are touting the Canon PowerShot G12 camera to be capable of recording high-definition video at 720p. It also apparently offers manual exposure control.

A new high dynamic range mode on the Canon PowerShot G12 camera, rumours suggest, will allow users to take three consecutive shots which can be then combined into a detail-rich image.

Officials at Canon have neither confirmed or denied the rumors of the Canon PowerShot G12 camera’s leaked price. However, it would be highly unlikely for Canon to price its newest P&S offering anywhere near $1,000 – given that the G series of digital cameras have typically come in at the $500 range.

If the €549 price – so close to the T1i – cited by Canonrumors is anything to go by, one hopes for Canon’s sake that the G12 makes a real splash in the market, as and when it does get launched.

From the consumers’ point of view, if the suggested price indeed does turn out to be true, then it would be a better idea to pay a few extra bucks and go in for the T1i. After all, the powerful SLR camera from Canon has a 15-megapixel sensor, 18-55 no IS, a 3-inch LCD, HD video recording with HDR –  and interchangeable lenses.

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