Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony DSC-W800

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Canon PowerShot G12
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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
Smaller minimum aperture number Edit
Canon PowerShot G12 is 2.8 minimum aperture. That's 0.4 smaller than the Sony DSC-W800 (3.2).
20 smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Canon PowerShot G12 is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-W800 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 bigger).
13s longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Canon PowerShot G12 is a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-W800 is only a 2s maximum shutter speed digital camera (13s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

0.1" larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon PowerShot G12 has a display diagonal of 2.8", however the Sony DSC-W800 is only a 2.7" screen digital camera (0.1" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Significantly higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon PowerShot G12 is a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-W800 is only a 230,400 pixels display resolution digital camera (230,600 pixels lower).
One hundred and seventy more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Canon PowerShot G12 is a digital camera that takes 370.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony DSC-W800 only takes 200.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Expert reviews are a lot better
The Canon PowerShot G12 has an average expert review score of 82% based on 90 reviews, but the Sony DSC-W800 has an average rating of 70% (based on 4 reviews).
User reviews are marginally better
The Canon PowerShot G12 has an average user review score of 89% based on 103 reviews, but the Sony DSC-W800 has an average rating of 85% (based on 946 reviews).
6 Reasons For
Significantly higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a megapixel of 20.1MP, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 is only a 10MP digital camera (10.1MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

36x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a digital zoom of 40x, however the Canon PowerShot G12 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (36x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

A lot smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 is a 6.4 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 is only a 4.5 maximum aperture digital camera (1.9 bigger).
Higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Sony DSC-W800 is 30fps JPEG frame rate, but the Canon PowerShot G12 is only a 24fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (6fps lower).
£372 cheaper
The Sony DSC-W800 costs £372.02 less than the Canon PowerShot G12.
Available from 27 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

Reasons Against

7 Reasons Against
10.1MP lower megapixel Edit
The Canon PowerShot G12 has a megapixel of 10MP, however the Sony DSC-W800 is a 20.1MP digital camera (10.1MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Nine times smaller digital zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot G12 has a digital zoom of 4x, but the Sony DSC-W800 is a 40x digital zoom digital camera (36x bigger). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

A lot bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon PowerShot G12 has a maximum aperture number of 4.5, however the Sony DSC-W800 is a 6.4 maximum aperture digital camera (1.9 smaller).
6fps lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Canon PowerShot G12 is a 24fps JPEG frame rate digital camera, whereas the Sony DSC-W800 is a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (6fps higher).
£372 more expensive
The Canon PowerShot G12 is more expensive than the Sony DSC-W800 by £372.02.
Not as many stockists
Only 1 seller sell the Canon PowerShot G12, however 28 retailers sell the Sony DSC-W800. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over one year older
The Canon PowerShot G12 is older than the Sony DSC-W800 by 20 months.
8 Reasons Against
13% larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 has a minimum aperture number of 3.2. That's 0.4 larger than the Canon PowerShot G12 (3.2).
Bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
Sony DSC-W800 is 100 minimum ISO speed, but the Canon PowerShot G12 is an 80 minimum ISO speed digital camera (20 smaller).
7x shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Sony DSC-W800 is only 2s maximum shutter speed, but the Canon PowerShot G12 is a 15s maximum shutter speed digital camera (13s longer). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

0.1" smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony DSC-W800 is a 2.7" screen digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 is a 2.8" screen digital camera (0.1" larger). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Two times lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony DSC-W800 is only 230,400 pixels display resolution, but the Canon PowerShot G12 is a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (230,600 pixels higher).
One hundred and seventy less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Sony DSC-W800 is 200.00, but the Canon PowerShot G12 only takes 370.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

A lot Lower expert review Score
The Sony DSC-W800's average expert rating is only 70%, however the Canon PowerShot G12's is 82% (based on 90 reviews).
Marginally Lower user review Score
The Sony DSC-W800's average user rating is 85%, however the Canon PowerShot G12's is 89% (based on 103 reviews).

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Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
10MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Optical Sensor Size
 1/1.7"
BEST
 1/1.7"
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3648 x 2432
 2736 x 2736
 3648 x 2048
 2192 x 2736
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1696 x 2112
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 960 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 384 x 480
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 3648 x 2432
 2736 x 2736
 3648 x 2048
 2192 x 2736
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1696 x 2112
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 960 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 384 x 480
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 1:1
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9
 4:5
BEST
 1:1
 3:2
 4:3
 16:9
 4:5
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Total Megapixels
Unknown - Click to provide data 20MP
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5x 5x
Digital Zoom
4x 40x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
4.5 6.4
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8
BEST
3.2
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
140mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
6.1 - 30.5 4.6 - 23
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
11/9 Unknown - Click to provide data
Combined Zoom
20x Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Aspheric Elements
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face tracking
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
9 Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Auto
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2500
 3200
 25
 Auto
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2500
 3200
 25
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 3,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80
BEST
100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
2s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (tele)
0.5 - 4 0.6 - 1.76
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 7 0.4 - 3.5
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1280 x 720
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
24fps 30fps
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 H.264
BEST
 MOV
 H.264
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MMC+
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MMC+
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 29MB
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
2.8"
BEST
2.7"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
461,000 pixels
BEST
230,400 pixels
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Calm
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Calm
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data 12,60
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
Custom Colour
 Custom colour
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Resizing
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DPOF
 Exif
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Underwater
 Night
 Night portrait
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Underwater
 Night
 Night portrait
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 109g
Height
76.2mm 55.5mm
Depth
48.3mm 20.8mm
Width
112.1mm 96.8mm
Weight (including Battery)
401g 125g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
NB-7L NP-BN
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
370 shots
BEST
200 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Ports Quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Operating Systems
Windows 7/Vista/XP,Mac OS X 10.4 – 10.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
On/off Switch
 On/off switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed
1 - 1/4000; 15 - 1/4000 Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Memory Capacity
29min. 59sec. Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
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