Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W

Canon PowerShot G12 front
Samsung HZ15W front

Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W 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
  • Superseded the Canon G11
  • Replacement is Canon G15
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Introduced February 2009
  • Also Known as WB550
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Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

Below is a extended overview of the Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by companies Canon and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the G12 (10MP) and the HZ15W (12MP) is relatively comparable but the G12 (1/1.7") and HZ15W (1/2.3") offer totally different sensor measurements.

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The G12 was announced 24 months later than the HZ15W which makes them a generation apart from one another. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a complete comparison, here is a quick summary of how the G12 scores versus the HZ15W with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Samsung HZ15W

 G12 HZ15W 
IntroducedJanuary 2011February 2009More recent by 24 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution461k460kCrisper screen (+1k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Canon G12

 HZ15W G12 
Screen size3"2.8"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Common features in the Canon G12 and Samsung HZ15W

 G12 HZ15W 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to lug around your camera regularly, you should think about its weight and measurements. The Canon G12 features exterior dimensions of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") along with a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs) whilst the Samsung HZ15W has proportions of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") and a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are employing at that moment. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the G12 and the HZ15W.

Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G12 and HZ15W is 83 and 90 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is tough to see the difference in sensor measurements purely by checking out a spec sheet. The photograph below might give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the G12 and HZ15W.

As you can see, both of the cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The G12 using its bigger sensor will make getting shallower DOF less difficult and the Samsung HZ15W will provide more detail with its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The newer G12 will have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G12 Portrait photography highlights
Samsung HZ15W Portrait photography highlights
you can focus manually
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
has face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
focusing manually
supports face detection focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 Street photography info
Samsung HZ15W Street photography info
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than competition (401g)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
more heavy than average in class (249g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G12 Sports photography highlights
Samsung HZ15W Sports photography highlights
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good battery (370 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect autofocus
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G12 Travel photography advice
Samsung HZ15W Travel photography advice
good battery (370 CIPA)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
really wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (401g)
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (249g)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G12 Landscape photography highlights
Samsung HZ15W Landscape photography highlights
you can focus manually
really wide (28mm)
screen size is good (2.8 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
good battery (370 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
no Time Lapse function
focusing manually
really wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon G12
Vlogging with Samsung HZ15W
really wide (28mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic port
heavier than competition (401g)
really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone socket
more heavy than average in class (249 grams)
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Canon G12 vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Samsung HZ15W
 Canon PowerShot G12Samsung HZ15W
General Information
Make Canon Samsung
Model Canon PowerShot G12 Samsung HZ15W
Also referred to as - WB550
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2011-01-19 2009-02-23
Physical type 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 10 megapixel 12 megapixel
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 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.8" 3"
Screen resolution 461k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 16 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.00 m 4.70 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
External flash
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/2000 seconds -
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 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
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) 249 grams (0.55 lbs)
Physical dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
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 photographs -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-7L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $600 $330