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

Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon PowerShot G15

51

Canon PowerShot G12

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
922k dots
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.5 EV
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

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

$1,606

Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Supports 24p No 24p support
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$504

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$411

Zoom Much more zoom
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Aperture Much narrower aperture

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$498

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus Tough TG-4

Waterproof

$329

Aperture Wider aperture
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11

Pro digicam

Battery life Much longer battery life
Supports 24p No 24p support

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?