Updated (March 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

44

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

34

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

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Advantages of the Canon SX260 HS

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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
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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Size
Smaller
106×61×33 mm vs 112×76×48 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Weight
Lighter
231 g vs 401 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$437.40 vs $971.28
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The best price we've seen is $534 cheaper (2.2x less)
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.2 fps vs 2 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.9"
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More than 30% thinner
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the G12's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
380 ms vs 510 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
350 shots vs 210 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX260 HS1/3200s
              G121/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX260 HS510 ms
              G12380 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX260 HS3.2 fps
              G122 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $358

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $779

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $402

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $799

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $519 - $649

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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