Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200

Canon PowerShot G12 front
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front

Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200 Key Specs

Canon G12
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Display
  • 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
  • Previous Model is Canon G11
  • New Model is Canon G15
Nikon S5200
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-156mm (F) lens
  • 146g - 98 x 58 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2013
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Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200 Overview

Here, we will be evaluating the Canon G12 versus Nikon S5200, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by competitors Canon and Nikon. There exists a sizable gap among the image resolutions of the G12 (10MP) and S5200 (16MP) and the G12 (1/1.7") and S5200 (1/2.3") posses different sensor sizes.

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The G12 was introduced 24 months prior to the S5200 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a in depth comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the G12 scores vs the S5200 for portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Nikon S5200

 G12 S5200 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution461k460kClearer screen (+1k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Canon G12

 S5200 G12 
LaunchedJanuary 2013January 2011More modern by 24 months
Screen size3"2.8"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Common features in the Canon G12 and Nikon S5200

 G12 S5200 
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera often, you'll need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon G12 comes with outside dimensions of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") having a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs) while the Nikon S5200 has measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Following is a front view size comparison of the G12 compared to the S5200.

Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the G12 and S5200 is 83 and 95 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200 top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its tough to visualize the contrast in sensor sizes purely by researching a spec sheet. The image here might provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the G12 and S5200.

As you can see, both of those cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The G12 having a bigger sensor is going to make getting bokeh less difficult and the Nikon S5200 will result in more detail using its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The more aged G12 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200 sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G12 Portrait photography factors
Nikon S5200 Portrait photography factors
focusing manually
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
features face detection focusing
supports RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
good resolution (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 Street photography features
Nikon S5200 Street photography features
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (401 grams)
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G12
Sports photography with Nikon S5200
has image stabilization (Optical)
great battery pack (370 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
no phase detect AF
good resolution (16MP)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery (160 per charge)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon G12 Travel photography info
Nikon S5200 Travel photography info
great battery pack (370 per charge)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (401g)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
missing Time Lapse function
not so great battery (160 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G12 Landscape photography details
Nikon S5200 Landscape photography details
focusing manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (2.8")
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (370 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of Timelapse mode
quite wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good resolution (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not available
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
not so great battery (160 shots)
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 Vlogging info
Nikon S5200 Vlogging info
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (401g)
quite wide (26mm)
fast max aperture (f)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
missing external mic socket
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Canon G12 vs Nikon S5200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Nikon S5200
 Canon PowerShot G12Nikon Coolpix S5200
General Information
Brand Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot G12 Nikon Coolpix S5200
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-01-19 2013-01-29
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 125
RAW data
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 26-156mm (6.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-4.5 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Crop factor 4.8 5.8
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.8 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 461k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display technology - TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Slowest shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/2000 secs -
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
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 -
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
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 401 grams (0.88 lbs) 146 grams (0.32 lbs)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9")
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 images 160 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L EN-EL19
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) -
Time lapse shooting
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $600 $130