Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

40

Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

29

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 SX200 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
0.0 cm
Weight
Light-weight
220 g

Items often bought with the G12 or SX200 IS

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

Advantages of the Canon G12

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the G12's lens captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
380 ms vs 460 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The G12's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon SX200 IS

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Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
2000 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Size
Smaller
103×61×38 mm vs 112×76×48 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
220 g vs 401 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.5" vs 1.9"
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More than 20% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              G121.0 cm
              SX200 IS0.0 cm
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              G121/4000s
              SX200 IS1/3200s
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12380 ms
              SX200 IS460 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G123,200 ISO
              SX200 IS1,600 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12720p @ 24fps
              SX200 IS720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              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 G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              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
              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 SX200 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205 - $249

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $266

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

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