Updated (September 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon PowerShot G15

100

Canon PowerShot G12

85

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
922k dots
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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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.

competitors

Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Pro digicam

$534

Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$244

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$600

Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Battery life Slightly longer battery life

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$695

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000

Entry-level DSLR

$637 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Super zoom

$530 - $849

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
Size Larger

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?