Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W

Canon PowerShot G11 front
Samsung HZ15W front

Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W Key Specs

Canon G11
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 375g - 112 x 76 x 48mm
  • Revealed December 2009
  • Later Model is Canon G12
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Introduced February 2009
  • Also referred to as WB550
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Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

The following is a in depth assessment of the Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Samsung. The image resolution of the G11 (10MP) and the HZ15W (12MP) is very well matched but the G11 (1/1.7") and HZ15W (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The G11 was introduced 10 months after the HZ15W and they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a more detailed comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the G11 grades against the HZ15W with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G11 over the Samsung HZ15W

 G11 HZ15W 
IntroducedDecember 2009February 2009Newer by 10 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution461k460kSharper display (+1k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Canon G11

 HZ15W G11 
Display dimensions3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Canon G11 and Samsung HZ15W

 G11 HZ15W 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you're going to have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon G11 features outer measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") having a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) while the Samsung HZ15W has proportions of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") with a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the G11 versus the HZ15W.

Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G11 and HZ15W is 83 and 90 respectively.

Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to envision the gap between sensor dimensions just by looking at specs. The image below may give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the G11 and HZ15W.

As you can plainly see, both cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The G11 using its larger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF simpler and the Samsung HZ15W will resolve extra detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos more aggressively. The younger G11 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G11 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Portrait photography camera
focusing manually
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
features face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
MP count low (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
you can focus manually
offers face detection focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G11 as a Street photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Street photography camera
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
small sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than others (375 grams)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
heavier than competition (249 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G11 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Sports photography camera
image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect AF
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G11 Travel photography features
Samsung HZ15W Travel photography features
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
really wide (28mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (375g)
MP count low (10MP)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (249 grams)
low MP (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G11 Landscape photography factors
Samsung HZ15W Landscape photography factors
focusing manually
really wide (28mm)
nice screen size (2.8")
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
no Timelapse mode
you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
no manual mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G11 Vlogging information
Samsung HZ15W Vlogging information
really wide (28mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
no external microphone port
more heavy than others (375 grams)
decently wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection focus
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic socket
heavier than competition (249 grams)
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Canon G11 vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G11 and Samsung HZ15W
 Canon PowerShot G11Samsung HZ15W
General Information
Company Canon Samsung
Model Canon PowerShot G11 Samsung HZ15W
Otherwise known as - WB550
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-12-16 2009-02-23
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.8 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 461k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Min shutter speed 15s 16s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m 4.70 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/2000s -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 375g (0.83 pounds) 249g (0.55 pounds)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 169 not tested
Battery model NB-7L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $600 $330