Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G10 vs Canon PowerShot G15


Canon PowerShot G10


Canon PowerShot G10


Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
380 ms shutter lag

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G10

True resolution
High true resolution
14.6 MP
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
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Advantages of the Canon G10

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Battery life Much longer battery life 1000 shots vs 350 shots
Around 3x more shots per battery charge
True resolution Much higher true resolution 14.6 MP vs 10 MP
Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
Around 10% larger screen
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 2000 ms vs 2700 ms
Around 30% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
Get that real film feel
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 47.0 vs 37.0
Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.2 EV vs 10 EV
1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie format Higher resolution movies 720p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video but at a lower frame rate
Color depth Better color depth 20.4 bits vs 19 bits
Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 380 ms vs 569 ms
More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
The G12's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 2 fps vs 0.7 fps
Around 3x faster continuous shooting
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Supports RAW RAW support Help
        Better editing
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        Weight Heavy Help
        G10:390 g
        G12:401 g
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        G10:10 EV
        G12:11.2 EV
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        G10:569 ms
        G12:380 ms
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        G10:156 ISO
        G12:161 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        G10:0.7 fps
        G12:2 fps
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        G10:19 bits
        G12:20.4 bits
        Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
        G10:2000 ms
        G12:2700 ms
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        G10:480p @ 30fps
        G12:720p @ 24fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        Zoom Poor zoom Help

        Compared to recent pro digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        15 seconds
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        G10:1,600 ISO
        G12:3,200 ISO
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        461k dots
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm




        Shared Competitors



        Canon PowerShot G15

        Canon PowerShot G15

        Pro digicam

        $399 - $499

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Canon PowerShot G16

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Pro digicam


        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Canon PowerShot G11

        Canon PowerShot G11

        Pro digicam


        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Canon PowerShot G1X

        Canon PowerShot G1X


        $510 - $549

        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 G9

        Canon PowerShot G9

        Pro digicam


        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Lowest price Is much less expensive
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $479 - $498

        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon PowerShot G10 Competitors



        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot G10.

        Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors



        Nikon Coolpix P7100

        Nikon Coolpix P7100

        Pro digicam


        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out


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        Canon PowerShot G12
        PowerShot G12

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        Roger (10:11 PM, December 09, 2010)
        Hi....I agree with the comments above regarding G10 vs G12 prices...As a benchmark for you, as of today 12/9/10, you can order a G12 for $469 from Amazon....$30 off the retail price of $499. When I bought my G10 on 12/12/08, I got it for $419 from Amazon, a savings of $80 from the same retail of $499 for the G10 at that time.

        What works for me is to always buy my first camera in a line from Amazon using their discount then I upgrade it at the local camera store after 2-3 years with a trade-in allowance they give me for my older model. As an example, last year I traded in my Canon XTi DLSR for a brand new T1i for a total cost of $424 plus tax compared to the T1i $799 retail cost last year I got a trade-in allowance of $225 for the XTi.

        As for resolution concerns, my first Canon was a G3 with only 4 mp and I took some of my best shots ever with it. So trading my G10 with 14 mp down to 10 mp is not a large concern for me with al the G12 perks you mention.....Thanks for your comparisons
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:40 PM, November 17, 2010)
        Hi Larry, you're right thats an absurd price. For some reason once cameras stop generally being available for sale (e.g. older models such as the G10), some online stores offer them at high prices, and Snapsort automatically finds those prices. Though I agree they're not very useful as no one would pay that much for the camera.

        If you're curious where the price came from, just go to the G10 prices page:

        Larry Poke (5:35 PM, November 17, 2010)
        Where do you find a G10 for just under $1,000? I have NEVER seen them listed at this price. I bought my G10, brand new, in the box, with all the accessories for $499. The credibility of your other observations is somewhat in doubt.