Shooting with Canon's G12

The G12 needs little introduction, it's the newest addition to a well established linage of Powershot G-Series cameras from Canon and the family resemblance is striking; little has changed between it at its older brother, the G11.

I initially bought the camera as a "something-small-I-can-throw-in-the-bag-and-always-have-with-me" camera, and it does a stirling job. Lately though, I got to wondering "how would it do in the studio?" This week I got my chance to find out!

I've been producing headshots for the exhibition catalogue of Ravenbourne's BA Digital Photography interim show (more info here). Being a forward thinking course, it seemed the perfect chance to test - and hopefully prove - that a high-end compact camera is perfectly capable of producing fantastic studio shots.

The headshots were to be taken in black and white, sadly the RAW mode on the G12 does not allow black and white preview but this wasn't such a problem - in the end I set up the lighting as i wanted, had a cheeky look on the jpeg preview and then switched to RAW for the remainder of the shoot.

The G12 performed fantastically, synching with the flash quite happily at speeds of 1/500th and above, I'm pretty sure we could have gone much higher. The G12 also scored bonus points in the relaxed attitude it seemed to place people in; photographers are notoriously camera shy and my cohort no exception, with the G12 though, its small size and flip out screen allowed me to engage with the subjects, rather than being hidden behind the back of a 5Dii and huge lens.

My only real qualm would be the brief period of blackout on the screen - occasionally the subject would move without my being able to see easily.

As for the quality, the pictures it outputs are lovely and crisp. Here's a 100% crop, straight from the camera, with only Lightroom's default import settings:

and a couple of photos, black and white for the catalogue:

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