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Here are some general test shots taken with the G12 to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the extremities of the focal range.
A maximum telephoto image, one of a couple we attempted; in the other the camera had unsurprisingly focused on the busy background rather than our Egyptian goose. 'Vivid' option again selected here to give the colours a bit ore pep and lift some of the murk of the actual day. Nice detail maintained in the feathers here.
A wideangle and close up/maximum telephoto shot of the same subject to give an idea of the benefits of the 28-140mm equivalent focal range on offer with the G12. Though a 5x optical zoom may seem fairly modest in this age of 15x zoom pocket compacts, it does extend creative possibility in terms of framing nonetheless.
Some 'golden hour' light and the G12 is capable of delivering some pleasingly natural colour, even if in general terms the default setting on the G12 is a little muted for our tastes. Plenty of detail in evidence here in the brick work, although an adjustment for brightness and contrast in Photoshop would help add a bit more depth and be truer to the lighting at the time, as our second image suggests.
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