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 Significantly 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 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 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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 380 ms vs 569 ms
More than 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
The G12's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $509.00 vs $899.00
The best price we've seen is $390 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G10:569 ms
              G12:380 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G10:10 EV
              G12:11.2 EV
              Weight Heavy Help
              G10:390 g
              G12:401 g
              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
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              G10:480p @ 30fps
              G12:720p @ 24fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              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
              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 G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam


              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420 - $449

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam


              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X



              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam


              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
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam


              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam


              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot G10 Competitors



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

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors



              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot G12.


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              Canon PowerShot G12
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              Showing 3 comments

              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.