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

Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot G12

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Canon PowerShot G15

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Canon PowerShot G12

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G15.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12.

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)
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 461k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 4 f-stops better
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
Screen size
Larger screen
3" 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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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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
107×76×40 mm vs 112×76×48 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
352 g vs 401 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$779.25 vs $971.28
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The best price we've seen is $192 cheaper (around 20% less)
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
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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
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              350 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              PowerShot G15$779.25
              G12$971.28
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot G15165 ISO
              G12161 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G1519.9 bits
              G1220.4 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G1511.5 EV
              G1211.2 EV
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot G1546.0
              G1247.0
              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
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              PowerShot G151/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm
              G121/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $402

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $799

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $519 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot G12.

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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?