Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5

Portability
95
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 front
Portability
89
Imaging
50
Features
54
Overall
51
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Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5 Overview

Here, we are analyzing the Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Canon and Panasonic. The resolution of the SD1200 IS (10MP) and the GF5 (12MP) is fairly close but the SD1200 IS (1/2.3") and GF5 (Four Thirds) provide totally different sensor dimensions.

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The SD1200 IS was brought out 4 years before the GF5 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Canon SD1200 IS being a Compact camera and the Panasonic GF5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving into a in-depth comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the SD1200 IS grades against the GF5 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5 Key Specs

Canon SD1200 IS
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-105mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 160g - 86 x 55 x 22mm
  • Revealed February 2009
  • Other Name is Digital IXUS 95 IS
Panasonic GF5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 267g - 108 x 67 x 37mm
  • Revealed April 2012
  • Superseded the Panasonic GF3
  • Refreshed by Panasonic GF6
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Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you'll have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Canon SD1200 IS comes with external dimensions of 86mm x 55mm x 22mm (3.4" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 160 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Panasonic GF5 has dimensions of 108mm x 67mm x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5") having a weight of 267 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are employing during that time. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the SD1200 IS versus the GF5.

Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the SD1200 IS and GF5 is 95 and 89 respectively.

Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5 top view buttons comparison

Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's tough to visualise the difference in sensor sizes only by looking through a spec sheet. The pic below might offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the SD1200 IS and GF5.

As you can see, each of the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The SD1200 IS with its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field more challenging and the Panasonic GF5 will result in extra detail with its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop images far more aggressively. The more aged SD1200 IS will be behind in sensor tech.

Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5 sensor size comparison

Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SD1200 IS as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic GF5 as a Portrait photography camera
26
includes face detect focus
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
MP count low (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
56
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
comes with face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Canon SD1200 IS Street photography advice
Panasonic GF5 Street photography advice
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
70
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
features focus by touch
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon SD1200 IS Sports photography highlights
Panasonic GF5 Sports photography highlights
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
41
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (4.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon SD1200 IS
Travel photography with Panasonic GF5
51
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
MP count low (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
61
features focus by touch
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SD1200 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic GF5 as a Landscape photography camera
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.5")
lack of manual mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
60
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SD1200 IS Vlogging advice
Panasonic GF5 Vlogging advice
28
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have microphone socket
32
touchscreen functionality
comes with face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing external mic jack
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Canon SD1200 IS vs Panasonic GF5 Specifications

General Information
Company
Canon
Panasonic
Model type
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
Also called
Digital IXUS 95 IS
-
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed
2009-02-18
2012-04-05
Body design
Compact
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by
-
Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type
CCD
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
224.9mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
3648 x 2736
4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO
1600
12800
Minimum native ISO
80
160
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
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
23
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range
35-105mm (3.0x)
-
Max aperture
f/2.8-4.9
-
Macro focusing distance
3cm
-
Number of lenses
-
107
Focal length multiplier
5.8
2.1
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.5"
3"
Resolution of display
230 thousand dot
920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology
-
TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (tunnel)
None
Features
Slowest shutter speed
15s
60s
Maximum shutter speed
1/1500s
1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed
1.0fps
4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
-
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
6.30 m
Flash settings
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync
-
1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
1920 x 1080 (60, 50 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
640x480
1920x1080
Video file format
Motion JPEG
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
None
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
160g (0.35 lbs)
267g (0.59 lbs)
Dimensions
86 x 55 x 22mm (3.4" x 2.2" x 0.9")
108 x 67 x 37mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
50
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
20.5
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
10.0
DXO Low light rating
not tested
573
Other
Battery life
260 shots
360 shots
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NB-6L
-
Self timer
Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
One
One
Retail cost
$250
$600