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

Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon PowerShot G15

46

Canon PowerShot G12

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
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 G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$650

Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Pro digicam

$679

Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$397 - $448

Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$650

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Travel zoom

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Pro digicam

$679

Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Battery life Shorter battery life

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?