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Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100

Portability
83
Imaging
35
Features
50
Overall
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Canon PowerShot G12 front
 
Nikon Coolpix P7100 front
Portability
82
Imaging
36
Features
55
Overall
43

Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100 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
  • Launched January 2011
  • Old Model is Canon G11
  • Replacement is Canon G15
Nikon P7100
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-200mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 395g - 116 x 77 x 48mm
  • Released February 2012
  • Older Model is Nikon P7000
  • Newer Model is Nikon P7700
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Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100 Overview

Here is a in depth comparison of the Canon G12 and Nikon P7100, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by manufacturers Canon and Nikon. The image resolution of the G12 (10MP) and the P7100 (10MP) is very similar and they come with the exact same sensor sizes (1/1.7").

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The G12 was introduced 13 months earlier than the P7100 making the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a full comparison, below is a short overview of how the G12 matches up versus the P7100 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Nikon P7100

 G12 P7100 
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon P7100 over the Canon G12

 P7100 G12 
ReleasedFebruary 2012January 2011Fresher by 13 months
Display dimension3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution921k461kClearer display (+460k dot)

Common features in the Canon G12 and Nikon P7100

 G12 P7100 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon G12 comes with external dimensions of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") and a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs) while the Nikon P7100 has proportions of 116mm x 77mm x 48mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 395 grams (0.87 lbs).

Take a look at the Canon G12 and Nikon P7100 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the G12 vs the P7100.

Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the G12 and P7100 is 83 and 82 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100 top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's hard to visualise the gap between sensor sizing merely by going over specs. The visual here will offer you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the G12 and P7100.

All in all, both the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same megapixels so you should expect similar quality of photographs but you will want to take the production date of the products into consideration. The older G12 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100 sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G12 Portrait photography information
Nikon P7100 Portrait photography information
47
you can focus manually
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
provides face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
45
manual focus
comes with face detection focusing
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 as a Street photography camera
Nikon P7100 as a Street photography camera
64
fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (401g)
64
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition (395g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G12 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon P7100 as a Sports photography camera
34
image stabilization (Optical)
good battery life (370 CIPA)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect auto focus
39
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
good battery power (350 per charge)
low frames per second (1.3 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon G12 Travel photography details
Nikon P7100 Travel photography details
60
good battery life (370 CIPA)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
quite wide (28mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (401g)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
57
good battery power (350 per charge)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
more heavy than competition (395g)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Landscape Comparison

Canon G12 Landscape photography advice
Nikon P7100 Landscape photography advice
49
you can focus manually
quite wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (2.8 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (370 per charge)
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
no Timelapse mode
52
manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
good battery power (350 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 Vlogging advice
Nikon P7100 Vlogging advice
60
quite wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone support
more heavy than competition in class (401 grams)
30
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
comes with external microphone socket
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
more heavy than competition (395g)
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Canon G12 vs Nikon P7100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Nikon P7100
 Canon PowerShot G12Nikon Coolpix P7100
General Information
Company Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot G12 Nikon Coolpix P7100
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-01-19 2012-02-20
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 Expeed C2
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 99
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-200mm (7.1x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/2.8-5.6
Macro focus distance 1cm 2cm
Crop factor 4.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen size 2.8 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 461k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech - TFT LCD monitor with anti- reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage - 80 percent
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 1.3 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m 9.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill flash, Manual, Slow sync, Rear curtain flash
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/2000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format H.264 H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 401 grams (0.88 lbs) 395 grams (0.87 lbs)
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 116 x 77 x 48mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 47 41
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 19.4
DXO Dynamic range score 11.2 10.7
DXO Low light score 161 165
Other
Battery life 370 photographs 350 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (10 or 2 second delay)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $600 $750