Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

40

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
0.0 cm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

Items often bought with the G12 or SX20 IS

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX20 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
Size
Significantly smaller
112×76×48 mm vs 128×88×87 mm
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2.4x smaller
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
2.8" vs 2.5"
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More than 10% larger screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
380 ms vs 540 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Thickness
Thinner
1.9" vs 3.4"
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More than 40% thinner
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
Weight
Lighter
401 g vs 600 g
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More than 30% lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
350 shots vs 340 shots
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$449.00 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2400 ms vs 2700 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
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Almost the same
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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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              G121.0 cm
              SX20 IS0.0 cm
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G12350 shots
              SX20 IS340 shots
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G12Tunnel
              SX20 ISDigital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              G121/4000s
              SX20 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
              SX20 IS540 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G122700 ms
              SX20 IS2400 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G122 fps
              SX20 IS0.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G123,200 ISO
              SX20 IS1,600 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12720p @ 24fps
              SX20 IS720p @ 30fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              G122.8"
              SX20 IS2.5"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              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

              $420

              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 G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              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 SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $300 - $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $180

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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