Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

44

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

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2000 ms startup delay
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
Weight
Light-weight
220 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX200 IS.

differences

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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
380 ms vs 460 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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
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
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
3.0" 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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$379.99 vs $965.56
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The best price we've seen is $586 cheaper (2.5x less)
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
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 cm
              SX200 IS0 cm
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              G121/4000s
              SX200 IS1/3200s
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G12$965.56
              SX200 IS$379.99
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12380 ms
              SX200 IS460 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12720p @ 24fps
              SX200 IS720p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G125x
              SX200 IS12x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              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 G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399 - $419

              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 G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              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

              $869

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

              Canon PowerShot SX200 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $230

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $180

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              $475 - $698 with 12-32mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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