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Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5

Portability
83
Imaging
35
Features
50
Overall
41
Canon PowerShot G12 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
34
Overall
36

Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5 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
  • Old Model is Canon G11
  • Replacement is Canon G15
Panasonic SZ5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 136g - 104 x 58 x 21mm
  • Announced July 2012
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Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5 Overview

In this write-up, we are evaluating the Canon G12 and Panasonic SZ5, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Panasonic. There is a significant difference between the resolutions of the G12 (10MP) and SZ5 (14MP) and the G12 (1/1.7") and SZ5 (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor size.

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The G12 was manufactured 18 months before the SZ5 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise summation of how the G12 matches up versus the SZ5 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Panasonic SZ5

 G12 SZ5 
Focus manually More accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution461k230kCrisper display (+231k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ5 over the Canon G12

 SZ5 G12 
AnnouncedJuly 2012January 2011Fresher by 18 months
Display sizing3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")

Common features in the Canon G12 and Panasonic SZ5

 G12 SZ5 
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry your camera, you are going to need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Canon G12 comes with external measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") with a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs) whilst the Panasonic SZ5 has proportions of 104mm x 58mm x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 136 grams (0.30 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you choose during that time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the G12 compared to the SZ5.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the G12 and SZ5 is 83 and 95 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5 top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be tough to visualise the difference between sensor sizing only by reading technical specs. The visual underneath will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the G12 and SZ5.

As you have seen, each of these cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The G12 because of its larger sensor will make getting bokeh less difficult and the Panasonic SZ5 will offer you greater detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop images a little more aggressively. The older G12 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5 sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G12 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic SZ5 Portrait photography factors
47
focusing manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
features face detection focus
exports RAW formats
low MP (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
34
good resolution (14 megapixels)
includes face detection focus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic SZ5 as a Street photography camera
64
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
very small sensor (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (401 grams)
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (136 grams)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon G12 Sports photography advice
Panasonic SZ5 Sports photography advice
34
image stabilization (Optical)
better than average battery power (370 shots)
low fps (1.0 fps)
low MP (10MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect auto focus
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
low frames per second (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon G12
Travel photography with Panasonic SZ5
60
better than average battery power (370 CIPA)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
reasonably wide (28mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (401 grams)
low MP (10MP)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
70
lighter than competitors in class (136g)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G12 Landscape photography features
Panasonic SZ5 Landscape photography features
49
focusing manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (2.8")
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (370 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low MP (10MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
no Timelapse mode
42
fairly wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 Vlogging information
Panasonic SZ5 Vlogging information
60
reasonably wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone support
more heavy than competition in class (401 grams)
32
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
lighter than competitors in class (136g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic support
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Canon G12 vs Panasonic SZ5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Panasonic SZ5
 Canon PowerShot G12Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
General Information
Company Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot G12 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-01-19 2012-07-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 3200 1600
Max enhanced ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.8 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 461 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology - TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 8 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.00 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/2000 secs -
Exposure
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) 1280 x 720p ( 30,25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 401g (0.88 lbs) 136g (0.30 lbs)
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 104 x 58 x 21mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
Other
Battery life 370 shots 250 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail cost $600 $195