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Canon G12 vs Sony W650

Portability
83
Imaging
35
Features
50
Overall
41
Canon PowerShot G12 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36

Canon G12 vs Sony W650 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
  • Released January 2011
  • Superseded the Canon G11
  • Replacement is Canon G15
Sony W650
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 124g - 94 x 56 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2012
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Canon G12 vs Sony W650 Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Canon G12 and Sony W650, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by manufacturers Canon and Sony. There is a large difference among the resolutions of the G12 (10MP) and W650 (16MP) and the G12 (1/1.7") and W650 (1/2.3") use totally different sensor sizes.

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The G12 was launched 11 months earlier than the W650 which means that they are of a similar age. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going in to a complete comparison, below is a brief view of how the G12 grades versus the W650 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Sony W650

 G12 W650 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution461k230kSharper screen (+231k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony W650 over the Canon G12

 W650 G12 
RevealedJanuary 2012January 2011Newer by 11 months
Screen sizing3"2.8"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Common features in the Canon G12 and Sony W650

 G12 W650 
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Canon G12 vs Sony W650 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera often, you're going to have to think about its weight and measurements. The Canon G12 features physical measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs) while the Sony W650 has proportions of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") with a weight of 124 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you choose at that time. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the G12 vs the W650.

Canon G12 vs Sony W650 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the G12 and W650 is 83 and 96 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Sony W650 top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Sony W650 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is tough to see the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by viewing a spec sheet. The picture here may offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the G12 and W650.

As you can see, both of those cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The G12 featuring a bigger sensor will make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Sony W650 will render more detail utilizing its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots far more aggressively. The more aged G12 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon G12 vs Sony W650 sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Sony W650 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Sony W650 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G12 Portrait photography features
Sony W650 Portrait photography features
47
you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW files
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
34
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
features face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 Street photography highlights
Sony W650 Street photography highlights
64
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (401 grams)
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (124g)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon G12 Sports photography highlights
Sony W650 Sports photography highlights
34
has image stabilization (Optical)
good battery power (370 per charge)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
has no phase detect AF
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G12 Travel photography info
Sony W650 Travel photography info
60
good battery power (370 per charge)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
pretty wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (401g)
low MP (10MP)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
69
lighter than average in class (124 grams)
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G12 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony W650 as a Landscape photography camera
49
you can focus manually
pretty wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (2.8 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
good battery power (370 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
missing Timelapse mode
43
decently wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 Vlogging advice
Sony W650 Vlogging advice
60
pretty wide (28mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
slow max aperture (f2.8)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (401g)
33
decently wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
lighter than average in class (124 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone port
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Canon G12 vs Sony W650 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Sony W650
 Canon PowerShot G12Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650
General Information
Brand Name Canon Sony
Model type Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2011-01-19 2012-01-10
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 BIONZ
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-125mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/2.6-6.3
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.8 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 461 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech - Clear Photo TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15s 2s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m 3.70 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/2000s -
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 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 401g (0.88 pounds) 124g (0.27 pounds)
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 161 not tested
Other
Battery life 370 photographs 220 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-7L NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $600 $140