Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Canon PowerShot S10

Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

47

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Canon PowerShot S10

23

Canon PowerShot S10

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S10

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot S10 over the Canon PowerShot G12.
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon G12

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Screen size
Much larger screen
2.8" vs 1.8"
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Around 60% larger screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1 cm vs 12 cm
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Focus on subjects 12x closer to the lens
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
28 mm vs 35 mm
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20% better wide angle
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
10 MP vs 1.9 MP
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Capture more than 5x more detail in your photos
Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The G12's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2" 6.4x4.8mm
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More than 40% larger sensor
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
15s vs 2s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Canon S10

Size
Smaller
106x70x34 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
320 g vs 401 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.9"
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Around 30% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              S10:1.7 fps
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              G12:720p @ 24fps
              S10:None
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              G12:28 mm
              S10:35 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              G12:2.8"
              S10:1.8"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G12:5x
              S10:2x

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

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

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $520

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $830

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $570

              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

              Canon PowerShot S10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Pentax Optio S1

              Pentax Optio S1

              Ultra compact

              $139

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $246

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $396

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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