Canon G12 vs Nikon P300

Canon PowerShot G12 front
Nikon Coolpix P300 front

Canon G12 vs Nikon P300 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
  • Revealed January 2011
  • Superseded the Canon G11
  • Updated by Canon G15
Nikon P300
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 189g - 103 x 58 x 32mm
  • Released May 2011
  • Newer Model is Nikon P310
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Canon G12 vs Nikon P300 Overview

Below is a in depth comparison of the Canon G12 versus Nikon P300, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Nikon. The image resolution of the G12 (10MP) and the P300 (12MP) is fairly similar but the G12 (1/1.7") and P300 (1/2.3") boast totally different sensor dimensions.

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The G12 was announced 4 months prior to the P300 which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a thorough comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the G12 scores against the P300 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Nikon P300

 G12 P300 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon P300 over the Canon G12

 P300 G12 
Display size3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution922k461kSharper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Canon G12 and Nikon P300

 G12 P300 
ReleasedJanuary 2011May 2011Similar age
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Canon G12 vs Nikon P300 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera, you will need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Canon G12 enjoys outer measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") with a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs) while the Nikon P300 has dimensions of 103mm x 58mm x 32mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 189 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the G12 vs the P300.

Canon G12 vs Nikon P300 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the G12 and P300 is 83 and 92 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Nikon P300 top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Nikon P300 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's difficult to envision the difference between sensor measurements merely by reading specs. The graphic here will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the G12 and P300.

All in all, both of those cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The G12 with its larger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Nikon P300 will deliver extra detail with its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop photos a good deal more aggressively.

Canon G12 vs Nikon P300 sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Nikon P300 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Nikon P300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G12 Portrait photography features
Nikon P300 Portrait photography features
has manual focus
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
offers face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
provides face detect focus
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 Street photography information
Nikon P300 Street photography information
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
very small sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than average in class (401 grams)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G12
Sports photography with Nikon P300
has image stabilization (Optical)
better than average battery life (370 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
resolution not great (10MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G12 Travel photography highlights
Nikon P300 Travel photography highlights
better than average battery life (370 shots)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
fairly wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than average in class (401g)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
flash built-in
pretty wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
no Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon G12
Landscape photography with Nikon P300
has manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
good sized screen (2.8")
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (370 per charge)
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
resolution not great (10MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
missing Time Lapse mode
pretty wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 Vlogging highlights
Nikon P300 Vlogging highlights
fairly wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing mic socket
heavier than average in class (401 grams)
pretty wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no mic socket
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Canon G12 vs Nikon P300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Nikon P300
 Canon PowerShot G12Nikon Coolpix P300
General Information
Make Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot G12 Nikon Coolpix P300
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-01-19 2011-05-31
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 4 Expeed C2
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 160
RAW photos
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-100mm (4.2x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.8
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 2.8 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 461k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Screen technology - TFT-LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Slowest shutter speed 15s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m 6.50 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/2000s -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (15, 30fps), 1280 x 720p (15, 30, 60 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 401 gr (0.88 lbs) 189 gr (0.42 lbs)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 103 x 58 x 32mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light score 161 not tested
Battery life 370 shots 240 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (10 or 2 sec)
Time lapse feature
Card slots 1 1
Launch pricing $600 $500