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

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Canon PowerShot S10

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

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Canon PowerShot S10

21

Runner-up

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
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
 

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.

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12. Explore our gallery of 3 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S10.

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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen size
Much larger screen
2.8" vs 1.8"
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Around 60% larger screen
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
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
28 mm vs 35 mm
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20% better wide angle
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1 cm vs 12 cm
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Focus on subjects 12x closer to the lens
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
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
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
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
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              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
              G122 fps
              S101.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G123,200 ISO
              S10400 ISO
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              G12720p @ 24fps
              S10None
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              G1228 mm
              S1035 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              G122.8"
              S101.8"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G125x
              S102x

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $615 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 G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $624

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $771

              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 G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $797

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

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $389

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

              Canon PowerShot S10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot N100

              Canon PowerShot N100

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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