Sunday, August 22, 2010

The G12, again...

There has been a leak on the new G12, surprisingly from Cnet Asia this time. Numerous sites have posted the leak, so I will not repeat it here. In summary,

- There will not be a new sensor, it is likely to use the same sensor as the S95, i.e. pretty much the same as the current G11
- A couple of new features here and there include HDR and HD movie (720p) and multi aspect shooting
- The most significant cosmetic change is a new dial, similar to Canon dSLR in front of the shutter button

Now, here is something I learnt from all this. Canon do not make their own PnS sensors and from the looks of it, they do not plan to do so. Therefore, any sensor they use in their cameras are off-the-shelf parts from the likes of Sony.

Sony hasn't announced any new sensors since the BSI-CMOS one which is used in the Ixus series, including the recent Ixus 1000. It does make sense for Canon to reuse the sensor in G11 or the BSI-CMOS one. Like I said in the previous post, it would be really funny if Canon decide to use a smaller sensor in the G series than the one used in the Nokia N8 smart phone :)

For the upcoming G12, I only hope for the following:

- New Digic and circuitry to improve noise processing
- More NR options
- Improve on details by tweaking lens and perhaps AA filter. The G11 lost out to the LX3 on details.
- Faster shot to shot speed
- Faster AF speed and accuracy
- Reduce clipping
- Support longer exposure (30sec) in Av mode
- Support remote trigger
- Graduated ND on top of built in ND

So there you go, there is still hope that the G12 can be a significant improvement to the G11...

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