Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25

Canon PowerShot G12 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25 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
  • Announced January 2011
  • Superseded the Canon G11
  • Later Model is Canon G15
Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
Photography Glossary

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25 Overview

Let's look a little more in depth at the Canon G12 versus Panasonic FS25, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Canon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the G12 (10MP) and the FS25 (12MP) is fairly close but the G12 (1/1.7") and FS25 (1/2.3") provide different sensor measurements.

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The G12 was revealed 2 years later than the FS25 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the G12 scores vs the FS25 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Panasonic FS25

 G12 FS25 
LaunchedJanuary 2011January 2009Fresher by 25 months
Manual focus More precise focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution461k230kClearer display (+231k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Canon G12

 FS25 G12 
Display dimensions3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Canon G12 and Panasonic FS25

 G12 FS25 
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry your camera often, you have to take into account its weight and size. The Canon G12 offers outer 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 Panasonic FS25 has specifications of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

Contrast the Canon G12 versus Panasonic FS25 in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are using at that time. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the G12 and the FS25.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the G12 and FS25 is 83 and 95 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25 top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its hard to visualize the difference in sensor sizing only by looking through a spec sheet. The visual here should offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the G12 and FS25.

As you can see, the 2 cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The G12 with its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Panasonic FS25 will result in extra detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images a bit more aggressively. The more modern G12 should have a benefit in sensor technology.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25 sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G12
Portrait photography with Panasonic FS25
you can focus manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
has face detect focus
saves RAW files
MP count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")
offers face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FS25 as a Street photography camera
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
small sensor (1/1.7")
more heavy than competitors (401 grams)
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G12
Sports photography with Panasonic FS25
has image stabilization (Optical)
great battery (370 CIPA)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect auto focus
has image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon G12
Travel photography with Panasonic FS25
great battery (370 per charge)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
really wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors (401 grams)
MP count low (10MP)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (29mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G12 Landscape photography info
Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography info
you can focus manually
really wide (28mm)
screen size is good (2.8 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
great battery (370 CIPA)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (10MP)
small sensor (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse mode
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (29mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 Vlogging advice
Panasonic FS25 Vlogging advice
really wide (28mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
slow max aperture (f2.8)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone socket
more heavy than competitors (401g)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
wide angle not great (29mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external microphone jack
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Canon G12 vs Panasonic FS25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Panasonic FS25
 Canon PowerShot G12Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
General Information
Make Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot G12 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-01-19 2009-01-27
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 1600
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 11
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 29-145mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.8 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 461 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.00 m 5.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/2000 seconds -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 401g (0.88 lb) 148g (0.33 lb)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" 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 shots -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-7L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $600 $230