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Canon G12 vs Nikon L19

Portability
83
Imaging
35
Features
50
Overall
41
Canon PowerShot G12 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L19 front
Portability
94
Imaging
31
Features
11
Overall
23

Canon G12 vs Nikon L19 Key Specs

Canon G12
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 401g - 112 x 76 x 48mm
  • Introduced January 2011
  • Older Model is Canon G11
  • Renewed by Canon G15
Nikon L19
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • ()mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 130g - 97 x 61 x 29mm
  • Announced February 2009
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Canon G12 vs Nikon L19 Overview

The following is a extensive assessment of the Canon G12 and Nikon L19, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Canon and Nikon. There is a big difference among the image resolutions of the G12 (10MP) and L19 (8MP) and the G12 (1/1.7") and L19 (1/2.5") posses different sensor size.

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The G12 was brought out 24 months after the L19 making them a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief overview of how the G12 matches up against the L19 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Nikon L19

 G12 L19 
AnnouncedJanuary 2011February 2009Newer by 24 months
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size2.8"2.7"Larger display (+0.1")
Display resolution461k230kSharper display (+231k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon L19 over the Canon G12

 L19 G12 

Common features in the Canon G12 and Nikon L19

 G12 L19 
Touch display Neither contains Touch display

Canon G12 vs Nikon L19 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to travel with your camera frequently, you'll need to think about its weight and measurements. The Canon G12 has got outer measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") and a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs) whilst the Nikon L19 has proportions of 97mm x 61mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 130 grams (0.29 lbs).

Compare the Canon G12 and Nikon L19 in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are working with at that time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the G12 compared to the L19.

Canon G12 vs Nikon L19 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the G12 and L19 is 83 and 94 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Nikon L19 top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Nikon L19 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be difficult to imagine the difference in sensor dimensions only by going through specifications. The pic below will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the G12 and L19.

Plainly, the two cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The G12 because of its larger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF simpler and the Canon G12 will show more detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The newer G12 should have an edge in sensor tech.

Canon G12 vs Nikon L19 sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Nikon L19 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Nikon L19 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G12 Portrait photography advice
Nikon L19 Portrait photography advice
47
manual focus
high flash sync (1/2,000s)
offers face detection focus
delivers RAW files
low MP (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
18
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor resolution not great (8 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 as a Street photography camera
Nikon L19 as a Street photography camera
64
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (401 grams)
54
lighter than competitors (130g)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon G12 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon L19 as a Sports photography camera
34
built in image stabilization (Optical)
great battery life (370 CIPA)
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
low MP (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
15
fixed focal length (()mm)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (8MP)
small sensor (1/2.5")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G12 Travel photography features
Nikon L19 Travel photography features
60
great battery life (370 per charge)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
reasonably wide (28mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (401 grams)
low MP (10MP)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
57
lighter than competitors (130g)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution not great (8 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon G12
Landscape photography with Nikon L19
49
manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is good (2.8 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (370 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low MP (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
no Timelapse recording
21
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (8MP)
small sensor (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon L19 as a Vlogging camera
60
reasonably wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone socket
more heavy than competition in class (401 grams)
25
lighter than competitors (130g)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
no mic support
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Canon G12 vs Nikon L19 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Nikon L19
 Canon PowerShot G12Nikon Coolpix L19
General Information
Brand Name Canon Nikon
Model type Canon PowerShot G12 Nikon Coolpix L19
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-01-19 2009-02-03
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.5"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 5.744 x 4.308mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 24.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 8MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 3264 x 2448
Highest native ISO 3200 1600
Minimum native ISO 80 64
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) ()
Highest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.1-6.7
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 6.3
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.8 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 461k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.00 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/2000s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 401g (0.88 lb) 130g (0.29 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 97 x 61 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 161 not tested
Other
Battery life 370 shots -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-7L 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $600 $0