As well as being compared against other pro digicams, the Canon PowerShot G12 is also often compared to boutiques, super zooms, entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms, waterproofs, mirrorless and digicams. The Canon PowerShot G12's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot G1X and the PowerShot G3 X) and Nikon (such as the D3000 and the Coolpix L320)

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon G12 compared to other pro digicam competitors include: it has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 920k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and has a much shorter battery life (350 shots vs 1000 shots).

Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11
1 year older

Significant advantages of the G11 (vs the G12)

  • Much longer battery life: 1000 shots vs 350 shots

Significant disadvantages of the G11 (vs the G12)

  • None found

common strengths of the G11 and G12

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long battery life: 1000 shots vs 350 shots

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10
1 year newer
$750

Significant advantages of the X10 (vs the G12)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 2 fps

Significant disadvantages of the X10 (vs the G12)

  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the X10 and G12

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 350 shots
  • Support external flash

Samsung TL500

Samsung TL500
6 months older
$527

Significant advantages of the TL500 (vs the G12)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the TL500 (vs the G12)

  • Much shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 350 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the TL500 and G12

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Flip-out screens
  • Support external flash

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix P7000
similar age

Significant advantages of the P7000 (vs the G12)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the P7000 (vs the G12)

  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the P7000 and G12

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very long battery life: 350 shots vs 350 shots
  • Support external flash

Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10
2 years older
$790

Significant advantages of the G10 (vs the G12)

  • Much longer battery life: 1000 shots vs 350 shots
  • Higher true resolution: 14.6 MP vs 10 MP

Significant disadvantages of the G10 (vs the G12)

  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the G10 and G12

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very long battery life: 1000 shots vs 350 shots
  • Support external flash

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years newer
$600

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the G12)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 461k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the G12)

  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the G16 and G12

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very long battery life: 360 shots vs 350 shots
  • Support external flash

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon G12 compared to boutique competitors include: it has way more more zoom (5x vs 4x), has a significantly longer battery life (350 shots vs 250 shots) and is thinner (1.9" vs 2.6").

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.8" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 920k dots), has a marginally smaller sensor (1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs four thirds 18.7x14mm), is older (september 2010 vs january 2012) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X
1 year newer
$695

Significant advantages of the G1X (vs the G12)

  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.8"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the G1X (vs the G12)

  • Much less zoom: 4x vs 5x
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 350 shots

common strengths of the G1X and G12

  • Incredible zoom: 4x vs 5x
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Flip-out screens

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon G12 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.1), is slightly smaller (mid size (112×76×48 mm) vs prosumer size (120×82×92 mm)), has a screen which flips out, is thinner (1.9" vs 4.1") and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (september 2010 vs june 2015) and is much more expensive ($2,041.61 vs $353.18).

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X
4 years newer
$530 - $849

Significant advantages of the G3 X (vs the G12)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 461k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the G3 X (vs the G12)

  • Significantly thicker: 4.1" vs 1.9"
  • Heavier: 733 g vs 401 g
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the G3 X and G12

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (123×77×105 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.9"
  • Light weight: 733 g vs 401 g

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320
2 years newer
$353

Significant advantages of the L320 (vs the G12)

  • Much better wide angle: 22 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the L320 (vs the G12)

  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 461k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the L320 and G12

  • Very small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.9"
  • Very light: 430 g vs 401 g

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
5 years newer
$399 - $426

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the G12)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the G12)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Much shorter battery life: 205 shots vs 350 shots
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and G12

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Very light: 442 g vs 401 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.9"

Nikon Coolpix L310

Nikon Coolpix L310
1 year newer
$270

Significant advantages of the L310 (vs the G12)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly longer battery life: 420 shots vs 350 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L310 (vs the G12)

  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 461k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the L310 and G12

  • Very small: Prosumer size (110×77×78 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 350 shots
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.9"

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the SX50 HS (vs the G12)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SX50 HS (vs the G12)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly thicker: 4.2" vs 1.9"
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

common strengths of the SX50 HS and G12

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 1.9"
  • Light weight: 595 g vs 401 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
1 year older
$750

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the G12)

  • Much longer battery life: 470 shots vs 350 shots
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the G12)

  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 461k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and G12

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 350 shots
  • Very light: 367 g vs 401 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon G12 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs none), has a much higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a screen which flips out and is newer (september 2010 vs january 2008).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 10 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2 fps vs 3 fps), has much more startup delay (2700 ms vs 700 ms), has a much smaller sensor (1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs pentamirror).

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
1 year older
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the G12)

  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Tunnel
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.8"
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the G12)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 461k dots
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)

common strengths of the D3000 and G12

  • Very small: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 1.9"

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the G12)

  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Tunnel
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the G12)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 461k dots
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)

common strengths of the DSLR-A200 and G12

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.9"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon G12 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a screen which flips out, has a much longer battery life (350 shots vs 190 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (5x vs 30x), has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (461k dots vs 920k dots) and is much larger (mid size (112×76×48 mm) vs compact (100×58×23 mm)).

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS
5 years newer
$180 - $189

Significant advantages of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS (vs the G12)

  • Much smaller: Compact (100×58×23 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS (vs the G12)

  • Much shorter battery life: 180 shots vs 350 shots
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.8
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the PowerShot ELPH 360 HS and G12

  • None found

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 190 IS
5 years newer
$149 - $169

Significant advantages of the PowerShot ELPH 190 IS (vs the G12)

  • Much smaller: Compact (95×57×24 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.9"

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot ELPH 190 IS (vs the G12)

  • Much shorter battery life: 190 shots vs 350 shots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the PowerShot ELPH 190 IS and G12

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
3 years newer
$2,192

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the G12)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 5x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the G12)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 350 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and G12

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
4 years newer
$279

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the G12)

  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 5x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much smaller: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the G12)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 350 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and G12

  • None found

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon G12 compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a built-in flash, has a slightly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a screen which flips out and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 5 mm), is much larger (mid size (112×76×48 mm) vs ultra compact (60×42×30 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), lacks and external mic jack and is older (september 2010 vs september 2013).

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition
3 years newer
$429

Significant advantages of the Black Edition (vs the G12)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Black Edition (vs the G12)

  • None found

common strengths of the Black Edition and G12

  • None found

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the WG-1 GPS (vs the G12)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the WG-1 GPS (vs the G12)

  • None found

common strengths of the WG-1 GPS and G12

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon G12 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), records movies in 24p, has a screen which flips out and supports an external flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.8" vs 3"), doesn't have a touch screen, has a marginally smaller sensor (1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs four thirds 17.3x13mm) and is older (september 2010 vs june 2011).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3
9 months newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF3 (vs the G12)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.8"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF3 (vs the G12)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No 24p support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DMC-GF3 and G12

  • Fairly small: Compact (108×67×33 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.9"
  • Light weight: 264 g vs 401 g

Olympus PEN E-PL2

Olympus PEN E-PL2
3 months newer
$435 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL2 (vs the G12)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.8"
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: NMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL2 (vs the G12)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No 24p support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the E-PL2 and G12

  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×73×42 mm) vs Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.9"
  • Light weight: 362 g vs 401 g

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon G12 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 35 mm), has a slightly larger screen (2.8" vs 2.5"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (461k dots vs 115k dots), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it is much more expensive ($2,041.61 vs $553.34).

Canon PowerShot A640

Canon PowerShot A640
4 years older

Significant advantages of the A640 (vs the G12)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A640 (vs the G12)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 115k dots vs 461k dots

common strengths of the A640 and G12

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Flip-out screens
  • Support external flash

Canon PowerShot G7

Canon PowerShot G7
4 years older
$553

Significant advantages of the G7 (vs the G12)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G7 (vs the G12)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 350 shots
  • Lower resolution screen: 207k dots vs 461k dots

common strengths of the G7 and G12

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Support external flash