Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G15

Winner
Canon PowerShot G15

59

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Canon PowerShot G12

47

Canon PowerShot G12

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
922k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
380 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the PowerShot G15's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 461k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The PowerShot G15's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 2 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Size
Slightly smaller
106x75x40 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$449.00 vs $829.42
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The best price we've seen is $380 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
352 g vs 401 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.6" vs 1.9"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Color depth
Better color depth
20.4 bits vs 19.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
47.0 vs 46.0
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              350 shots
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              PowerShot G15:$449.00
              G12:$829.42
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot G15:165 ISO
              G12:161 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G15:19.9 bits
              G12:20.4 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G15:11.5 EV
              G12:11.2 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot G15:46.0
              G12:47.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              15 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PowerShot G15:12 MP
              G12:10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              PowerShot G15:1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
              G12:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $830

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $540

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $570

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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              Canon PowerShot G15 Canon PowerShot G12

              discussion

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              Observant PC Guy (7:50 PM, January 21, 2013)
              I noticed that the G15 is listed as having a 1/1.8" sensor, vs the 1/1.7" on the G12. If you compare the lenses on the G12 & G15, they are both spec'd at 28-140mm, and both have the same 6.1-30.5mm, so the sensor size could not have shrunk from 1/1.7" to 1/1.8" on the G15, or the focal length would have changed.
               
              Avatar for andyken andyken (2:58 PM, November 22, 2012)
              It annoys me that camera manufacturers nearly always exaggerate (or lie about!) the wide angle capability of their cameras when quoting '35mm equivalents'. There is a simple formula to work this out: 36 divided by the width of the sensor times the minimum focal length of the lens. So for the Canon G15, this is 36 / 7.4 x 6 .1 = 29.7mm,so the maximum wide angle capability of the G15 is effectively 30mm, but they lie and call it 28mm to make it look better. I don't understand why they are allowed to lie about this, but are required to be honest about other specs?