Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
83
Imaging
36
Features
50
Overall
41
Canon PowerShot G12 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49

Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS 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
  • Released January 2011
  • Previous Model is Canon G11
  • Renewed by Canon G15
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Released December 2012
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Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Below is a in-depth assessment of the Canon G12 versus Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by companies Canon and Olympus. The image resolution of the G12 (10MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) is relatively well matched and they possess the exact same sensor sizing (1/1.7").

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The G12 was brought out 23 months prior to the XZ-2 iHS which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the G12 matches up against the XZ-2 iHS with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 G12 XZ-2 iHS 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Canon G12

 XZ-2 iHS G12 
ReleasedDecember 2012January 2011More recent by 23 months
Screen dimension3"2.8"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution920k461kSharper screen (+459k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon G12 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 G12 XZ-2 iHS 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing

Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

If you are looking to lug around your camera, you will want to factor its weight and dimensions. The Canon G12 offers external 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 Olympus XZ-2 iHS has dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you select at that time. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the G12 against the XZ-2 iHS.

Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the G12 and XZ-2 iHS is 83 and 85 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to visualise the difference between sensor measurements merely by checking specifications. The visual here will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the G12 and XZ-2 iHS.

To sum up, both the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Olympus XZ-2 iHS to give more detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The older G12 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G12
Portrait photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
48
manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000s)
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
low resolution (10MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
46
has manual focus
has face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 Street photography info
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography info
65
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
very small sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than competitors (401g)
66
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than others (346 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G12
Sports photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
34
has image stabilization (Optical)
good battery pack (370 CIPA)
low fps (1.0 frames/s)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
44
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking focus
good battery life (340 shots)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon G12 Travel photography features
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography features
60
good battery pack (370 CIPA)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
fairly wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (401g)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
61
good battery life (340 CIPA)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than others (346g)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G12 Landscape photography advice
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography advice
49
manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
screen size is good (2.8 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
good battery pack (370 per charge)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
55
has manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (340 shots)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 Vlogging advice
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging advice
60
fairly wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic support
heavier than competitors (401g)
36
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have microphone port
does not have selfie friendly screen
more heavy than others (346 grams)
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Canon G12 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Canon PowerShot G12Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Brand Name Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot G12 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2011-01-19 2012-12-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
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 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 3968 x 2976
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 35
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 4.8
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen size 2.8" 3"
Resolution of screen 461 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) Electronic (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/2000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 401 grams (0.88 lbs) 346 grams (0.76 lbs)
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 47 49
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 20.4
DXO Dynamic range score 11.2 11.3
DXO Low light score 161 216
Other
Battery life 370 photos 340 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $600 $450