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Canon PowerShot S95 vs Canon PowerShot G12

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
12,800 ISO
Light-weight
Weight
193 g
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
380 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G12

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
380 ms vs 610 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
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
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
350 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon S95

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the S95's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
2200 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
100×58×30 mm vs 112×76×48 mm
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2.4x smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Weight
Lighter
193 g vs 401 g
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2.1x lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$399.00 vs $971.28
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The best price we've seen is $572 cheaper (2.4x less)
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.9"
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Around 40% thinner
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recommendations

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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
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G122700 ms
              S952200 ms
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12380 ms
              S95610 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12161 ISO
              S95153 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1211.2 EV
              S9511.3 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              20.4 bits
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G122 fps
              S951.9 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              47.0
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 24fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G125x
              S953.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              15 seconds
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G12None
              S9512,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              461k dots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $519 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              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

              $780

              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

              $407

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Nikon Coolpix P300

              Nikon Coolpix P300

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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              Avatar for Shaun9lives Shaun9lives (6:59 PM, November 26, 2011)
              I disagree.  Popularity directly affects the number and availability of aftermarket accessories.  It also, affects resale value, increases the likelihood of continued manufacturer support, and insures a wealth of online support from blogs and forums.  Now, I believe popularity should only be a minor consideration.  However, it most certainly is a factor. 
               
              La_romaa (1:21 AM, July 26, 2011)
              hey im from argentina. what do u recommend a p7000 or a s95?. i dont know what to buy!. i like the fuctions of the s95. but i like the desing and ergonomics of the p7000. the dials are very useful too. 
              So what should i buy?!. please help me ., see ya
               
              Hayduke (3:43 PM, April 20, 2011)
              I am sorry,but awarding points for popularity is insane .It has NO place in rating a camera. and removing it makes these 2 even