3. The Automatic Modes

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Get Shooting with the Automatic Camera Modes

Although quite advanced compared to other cameras, the G12 is still a point-and-shoot camera at heart. Canon created several modes tailored to common types of photos, such as portraits, landscapes, low-light situations, and moving subjects. The cameras also include specialized modes to shoot fireworks, snow scenes, and even underwater and aquarium photos. The idea is that even if you don’t know (or don’t care) about settings such as shutter speed, aperture, or white balance, you can let the camera use its smarts to take care of the technical details while ...

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