Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Samsung TL500

Samsung TL500 vs Canon PowerShot G12

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Reasons to buy the Samsung TL500

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Compact (114×63×29 mm)
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
47.0 vs 40.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
350 shots vs 240 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video but at a lower frame rate
Color depth
Better color depth
20.4 bits vs 19.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
161 ISO vs 129 ISO
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The G12 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
2 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Samsung TL500

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the TL500's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
320 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Size
Smaller
114×63×29 mm vs 112×76×48 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.9"
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Around 40% thinner
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro 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
              1.0 cm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12161 ISO
              TL500129 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12380 ms
              TL500320 ms
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1211.2 EV
              TL50011.1 EV
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G122 fps
              TL5001.5 fps
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1220.4 bits
              TL50019.2 bits
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1247.0
              TL50040.0
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              G12720p @ 24fps
              TL500480p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G125x
              TL5003x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $289

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              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
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $260

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              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 G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              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 G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Samsung TL500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX500

              Samsung NX500

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Slightly larger
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $206

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Samsung EX2F

              Samsung EX2F

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Size Larger

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