Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Size
Really small
Compact 103x61x38 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
Weight
Light-weight
220 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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)
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
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 380 ms vs 460 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The G12's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Canon SX200 IS

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Screen size Larger screen 3.0" 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 103x61x38 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Weight Lighter 220 g vs 401 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price Much cheaper $379.00 vs $779.00
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (2.1x less)
Zoom Slightly more zoom 12x vs 5x
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Around 6x more zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Thickness 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 Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              G12:1 cm
              SX200 IS:0 cm
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G12:$779.00
              SX200 IS:$379.00
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12:380 ms
              SX200 IS:460 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G12:2700 ms
              SX200 IS:2000 ms
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
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              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12:720p @ 24fps
              SX200 IS:720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $499

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $327 - $400

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $451

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $511 - $549

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

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $514

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $470

              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 G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $875

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $425

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              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

              $399

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $117 - $170

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $180

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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