Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
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Canon PowerShot G12vsSony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III

Canon PowerShot G12

70

Overall Score

70

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A multi award winning and good spec compact digital camera, but representing only middle of the road value for money
93
Reviews
239 Reviews + 15 Awards
58
Value for Money
Average
63
Features
Good Features
62
Age
5 Years Old
70
Overall Score
Very Good
Compact 10MP 5x Yes Jun 2012
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Camera Type Compact
Megapixels 10MP
Optical Zoom 5x
Image Stabilizer Yes
Release Date Jun 2012
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A multi award winning and fully featured compact camera, with a fair price
96
Reviews
910 Reviews + 18 Awards
76
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Age
3 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Compact 20.1MP 2.9x No Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Camera Type Compact
Megapixels 20.1MP
Optical Zoom 2.9x
Image Stabilizer No
Release Date Dec 2014
Canon PowerShot G12

70

Overall Score

70

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A multi award winning and good spec compact digital camera, but representing only middle of the road value for money
93
Reviews
239 Reviews + 15 Awards
58
Value for Money
Average
63
Features
Good Features
62
Age
5 Years Old
70
Overall Score
Very Good
Compact 10MP 5x Yes Jun 2012
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Camera Type Compact
Megapixels 10MP
Optical Zoom 5x
Image Stabilizer Yes
Release Date Jun 2012
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III

81

Overall Score

81

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
A multi award winning and fully featured compact camera, with a fair price
96
Reviews
910 Reviews + 18 Awards
76
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Age
3 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Compact 20.1MP 2.9x No Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Camera Type Compact
Megapixels 20.1MP
Optical Zoom 2.9x
Image Stabilizer No
Release Date Dec 2014

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£140.00
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Reasons For

Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
15 Reasons For
Image Stabilizer
The Canon PowerShot G12 has an image stabilizer, however the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III does not have an image stabilizer.

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

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43% Bigger Optical Zoom
The Canon PowerShot G12 is a 5x optical zoom digital camera. That's 2.1x bigger than the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III (2.9x).

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

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A Lot Longer Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Canon PowerShot G12 is 140mm maximum focal length, but the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III is only a 73mm maximum focal length digital camera (67mm shorter).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the camera lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camera has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camera is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

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PictBridge
The Canon PowerShot G12 supports PictBridge, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III does not support PictBridge.

'PictBridge' is a system that allows the camera to wirelessly connect directly to a printer, without needing to go through a computer connection first.

PictBridge allows users to print off photos far more easily and faster by printing directly from the device, rather than having to download the photos to a PC before printing.

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370 Battery Life
The number of battery life on the Canon PowerShot G12 is 370, but the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III only takes 320 battery life.

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.

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Cheaper by £389
The Canon PowerShot G12 costs £388.99 less than the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III.
Better Brand
Canon digital cameras have an average rating of 88.6%, whereas Sony has an average rating of 87.5%.
Better T3.com Review Score
The Canon PowerShot G12 has a T3.com review score of 80%, whereas the rating of the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III was only 0% from the same site.
Better CNET.com.au Review Score
The Canon PowerShot G12 has a review score of 82% from CNET.com.au, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III only has a rating of 80% from the same site.
Better What Digital Camera Review Score
The Canon PowerShot G12 has a review score of 92% from What Digital Camera, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III's rating was only 0% from the same site.
Better Camera Labs Review Score
The Canon PowerShot G12 has a review score of 87% from Camera Labs, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III only has a rating of 0% from the same site.
Better Cnetfrance.fr Review Score
Cnetfrance.fr's Canon PowerShot G12 review gave it a score of 84%, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III's rating was only 80% from the same site.
Better Digitalfoto.dk Review Score
The Canon PowerShot G12 has a Digitalfoto.dk review score of 90%, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III only has a rating of 0% from the same site.
Better Digitalfotoforalla.se Review Score
Digitalfotoforalla.se's Canon PowerShot G12 review gave it a score of 90%, whereas the rating of the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III was only 0% from the same site.
Better Kamerabild.se Review Score
Kamerabild.se's Canon PowerShot G12 review gave it a score of 84%, whereas the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III's rating was only 0% from the same site.
32 Reasons For
10.1MP Higher Megapixels
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a megapixels of 20.1MP, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 is only a 10MP digital camera (10.1MP lower).

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.

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Vastly Bigger Digital Zoom
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a digital zoom of 11x, however the Canon PowerShot G12 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (7x smaller).

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.

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Smaller Minimum Aperture Number
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a minimum aperture number of 1.8. That's 1 smaller than the Canon PowerShot G12 (2.8).

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the camera lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camera's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camera's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the camera to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

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6.5 Larger Maximum Aperture Number
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III is an 11 maximum aperture digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 is only a 4.5 maximum aperture digital camera (6.5 smaller).

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the camera lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camera's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camera's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

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12% Shorter Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 25mm, however the Canon PowerShot G12 is a 28mm minimum focal length digital camera (3mm longer).

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the camera lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camera has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camera can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

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Nine Aspherical Lenses
The number of aspherical lenses on the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III is nine, but the Canon PowerShot G12 only has one aspherical lens.

An aspherical lens is a special type of lens for high end digital cameras. While most lenses are constructed as part of a perfect sphere (i.e - they have an even curve across all parts of the surface), aspherical lenses are not created as perfect spheres.

Aspherical lenses are used to counter and correct the occasional aberrations that occasionally appear when using wide apertures. leading to a sharper image. However they are very much a high-end professional extra for a digital camera - they cost substantially more to produce, so are only found in the best cameras.

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22,400 Higher Maximum ISO Sensitivity
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a maximum ISO sensitivity of 25,600, however the Canon PowerShot G12 is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (22,400 lower).

ISO sensitivity denotes the sensitivity of your camera to available light. Modifying the sensitivity causes the camera to gather more or less light when forming an image. Higher sensitivity gathers more light, which means can lead to a sharper image in low-light conditions. However it may also lead to increased 'noise', meaning the ISO level must be carefully modified to get the best shot.

A higher maximum ISO sensitivity will allow you to take photos in lower light levels without using flash.

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Moderately Larger Display Diagonal
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III is a 3" screen digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 is only a 2.8" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller).

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.

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767,800 Pixels Higher Display Resolution
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a display resolution of 1,228,800 pixels, but the Canon PowerShot G12 is only a 461,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (767,800 pixels lower).

The display resolution on a display camera denotes how high detail the display is.

High resolutions on the display of your camera means that the photos you take will be shown in higher detail, allowing you to see them more clearly.

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More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of retailers increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Three More Awards
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has 18 awards, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 has 15 awards.
Expert Reviews Are Better
Based on 103 reviews, the average expert review score of the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III is 90%, however the average rating of the Canon PowerShot G12 is 82% (based on 91 reviews).
User Reviews Are Slightly Better
Based on 773 reviews, the average user review score of the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III is 91%, however the average rating of the Canon PowerShot G12 is 89% (based on 106 reviews).
Better Wired.com Review Score
Wired.com gave the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III a review score of 90%, whereas the rating of the Canon PowerShot G12 was only 80% from the same site.
Better PC Mag Review Score
PC Mag's Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III review gave it a score of 90%, whereas the rating of the Canon PowerShot G12 was only 50% from the same site.
Better DP Review Review Score
DP Review gave the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III a review score of 84%, whereas the rating of the Canon PowerShot G12 was only 73% from the same site.
Better Amateurphotographer.co.uk Review Score
Amateurphotographer.co.uk gave the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III a review score of 100%, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12's rating was only 85% from the same site.
Better Trusted Reviews Review Score
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a Trusted Reviews review score of 90%, whereas the rating of the Canon PowerShot G12 was only 80% from the same site.
Better Digitaltrends.com Review Score
Digitaltrends.com gave the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III a review score of 85%, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 only has a rating of 80% from the same site.
Better Reviewed.com Review Score
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a review score of 87% from Reviewed.com, whereas the rating of the Canon PowerShot G12 was only 0% from the same site.
Better Good Gear Guide.com.au Review Score
Good Gear Guide.com.au's Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III review gave it a score of 80%, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12's rating was only 70% from the same site.
Better Techreviewsource.com Review Score
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a review score of 90% from Techreviewsource.com, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 only has a rating of 80% from the same site.
Better CNET.com Review Score
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a review score of 80% from CNET.com, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 only has a rating of 77% from the same site.
Better Pocket Lint Review Score
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a Pocket Lint review score of 100%, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 only has a rating of 90% from the same site.
Better Digital Versus Review Score
Digital Versus's Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III review gave it a score of 100%, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 only has a rating of 80% from the same site.
Better 01net.com Review Score
01net.com gave the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III a review score of 100%, whereas the rating of the Canon PowerShot G12 was only 80% from the same site.
Better Erenumerique.fr Review Score
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has an Erenumerique.fr review score of 90%, whereas the rating of the Canon PowerShot G12 was only 85% from the same site.
Better Les Numeriques.com Review Score
Les Numeriques.com's Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III review gave it a score of 100%, whereas the rating of the Canon PowerShot G12 was only 80% from the same site.
Better Ljudochbild.se Review Score
Ljudochbild.se's Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III review gave it a score of 100%, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 only has a rating of 83% from the same site.
Better Chip.de Review Score
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a Chip.de review score of 94%, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12's rating was only 87% from the same site.
Better Netzwelt.de Review Score
The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has a Netzwelt.de review score of 74%, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12 only has a rating of 0% from the same site.
Better Dkamera.de Review Score
Dkamera.de's Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III review gave it a score of 90%, whereas the Canon PowerShot G12's rating was only 86% from the same site.

Size and Dimensions

Reviews & Awards

Awards

The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has more awards than the Canon PowerShot G12. The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has 18 awards, where as the Canon PowerShot G12 has 15 awards. Compare all award winning digital cameras.
Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
15 Awards
best4reviews.com: Editor's Choice buy-n-shoot.com: Platinum Camera Labs: Recommended Cnetfrance.fr: Editor's Choice DP Review: Gold Ephotozine: Highly Recommended kamerabild.se: Top Class letsgodigital.org/nl/: Excellent ljudochbild.se: Especially Recommended Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended Magnus.de: Buying Tip PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice Pocket Lint: Hot Product What Digital Camera: Gold
18 Awards Best
01net.com: 5 Star altomdata.dk: Recommended chip.com.my: Outstanding Digital Versus: 5 Star Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice DP Review: Silver Expert Reviews: Best Buy focus-numerique.fr: Recommended Les Numeriques.com: 5 Star ljudochbild.se: 5 Star log.com.tr: Editor's Choice mashable.com: Mashable Choice PC Mag: Editor's Choice Pocket Lint: Editor's Choice reviewed.com: Editor's Choice Techradar: Recommended tek.no: Recommended Trusted Reviews: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has better expert reviews than the Canon PowerShot G12. The average expert reviews score for the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III is 90% based on 103 reviews, where as the average score for the Canon PowerShot G12 is 82% based on 91 reviews.
Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
5 stars
38 reviews
4 stars
23 reviews
3 stars
4 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
31 reviews
4 stars
10 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III has better user reviews than the Canon PowerShot G12. The average user reviews score for the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III is 91% based on 773 reviews, where as the average score for the Canon PowerShot G12 is 89% based on 106 reviews.
Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
5 stars
72 reviews
4 stars
23 reviews
3 stars
4 reviews
2 stars
2 reviews
1 star
5 reviews
Best
5 stars
526 reviews
4 stars
176 reviews
3 stars
39 reviews
2 stars
18 reviews
1 star
14 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Canon has a better average brand rating than Sony. The average brand rating for Canon is 88.59% based on 45,838 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Sony is 87.52% based on 24,034 reviews.
Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Canon

89

89

Based on 45,838 reviews
Sony

88

88

Based on 24,034 reviews

Reviewed.com Review Score

Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
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The Canon G12 is a high-end point-and-shoot that sports an image sensor that's larger than those typically found in fixed-lens cameras. It sports an optical independent viewfinder, an articulating rear LCD, and a substantial, albeit lightweight, body...
While it doesn't hold a candle to fixed-lens juggernauts like the Fuji X100 , its size, customizability, image quality, and accessory options?not to mention price?make it far more than a simple compact camera. While many have billed it as the ideal ?...
Sep 2011
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Sony's line of RX100 point-and-shoots have long been top dog in the camera world, largely considered simply the best point-and-shoots that money can buy. The original RX100 hit the scene two years ago with a 1-inch sensor, a sharp, fast zoom lens, an...
Editor's Choice
Sony's point-and-shoot king reigns on. As we saw with both the RX100 and RX100 II, there's an enormous amount of hype about the RX100 III. Yes, RX100s are a bit of a known quantity, but with a new lens, processor, and pop-up EVF the RX100 III is bett...
Jul 2014

Techradar Review Score

Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
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The latest in its G-series range of high-flying compact cameras, Canon's PowerShot G12 replaces the flagship PowerShot G11 just a little over a year after the latter was released.The G11 received rave reviews on its launch, and the Canon G12 offers s...
...
Aug 2011
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The Sony RX10 III was announced in March this year, less than a year after the RX10 II which, according to Sony, the new camera doesn't replace. The most noticeable difference is the inclusion of a variable aperture (f/2.4-4) mega zoom lens, with a r...
Excellent and fast 24
600mm lens
Superb stills and video quality
High quality EVF and tilting LCD screen
Excellent high ISO performance
Pricey compared to the competition
Poor autofocus at longer focal lengths
Relatively large and heavy
The RX10 III's 24-600mm Zeiss lens, coupled with Sony's excellent 1-inch sensor, deliver class-leading image quality. Its 4K and HD video functionality is also superb. It's a large, relatively heavy and pricey camera though, and is let down by its au...
Jun 2016

PC Mag Review Score

Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
PC Mag logo
Just a few years ago, the PowerShot G12's predecessors were the cat's meow?Canon's point-and-shoot G Series cameras looked and felt like digital SLRs, with manual controls and optical viewfinders packed into smaller-than-D-SLR bodies. Flash forward t...
Very good image quality for a compact camera
Optical viewfinder
Manual controls
Articulating LCD
Pricey
Bulky
Small sensor for such a big camera
The Canon PowerShot G12's images and features are excellent for a point-and-shoot camera, but at its size and price, you can get far better......
Mar 2011
Best
PC Mag logo
Sony's original RX10 was a groundbreaking camera, delivering image quality that was well beyond that of other long zoom designs, with a tough, weather-resistant build. The latest iteration, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III ($1,499.99), triples the zoom ra...
Editor's Choice
1-inch image sensor
25x wide-aperture zoom lens
Quick autofocus
14fps burst shooting
Raw image capture
Dust and splash resistant body
EVF and tilting rear LCD
Monochrome information LCD
Wi-Fi with NFC
4K video capture
High-def slow motion
Very expensive
Omits internal neutral density filter
Lens hood blocks flash at wide angles
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III marries an incredible 25x zoom lens to a large image sensor and delivers excellent images, 4K video, and fast autofocus. But it carries a premium price tag......
Jul 2016

Digital Versus Review Score

Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
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Pretty much no compact digital cameras have optical viewfinders these days. With compacts constantly getting smaller, it's becoming difficult to find room to squeeze them in when space is already at a premium.Some of the more bulky expert models seem...
Good optical zoom with excellent stabilisation
Highquality design and build
Digital noise incredibly well handled up to 1600 ISO
Logical, wellthoughtout design and handling
Swivel LCD screen
3inch screen only displays 460 000 dots
Optical viewfinder lacks precision and can be uncomfortable if you wear glasses
Optical zoom could be faster
Inferior burst mode and video mode
Grip handle isn't deep enough
For advanced users, the Canon G12 is an excellent and versatile camera that takes great-quality pictures. In fact, it really deserves five stars for its photos, but the disappointing video mode unfortunately cost it a star......
Feb 2011
Best
Digital Versus logo
Two years ago, Sony got everyone talking by unveiling the RX100 , a top-of-the-range compact camera with a 1" sensor (13.2 x 8.8 mm compared with the usual 1/2.3" or 6.2 x 4.6 mm) taking excellent-quality pictures while fitting easily into a pocket o...
5 Star
Popup EVF
Digital noise handled very well up to 3200 ISO
Compact build
Good lens aperture
Great sharpness levels in the middle of the frame
Comprehensive video mode
Onboard WiFi and NFC
LCD is too glossy and doesn't have touchcontrols
2470 mm focal range is quite limited
Lens could be sharper around the edges of the frame
Battery charges incamera (standalone charger is an optional extra)
Grip sold separately
No allweather finish
Ba
The Sony RX100 Mark III is a great upgrade of the firm's high-end compact camera, bringing a wide-aperture lens and a pop-up viewfinder that's both practical and downright irresistible. And with excellent picture quality to boot, the RX100 Mark III i...
Jun 2014

Techreviewsource.com Review Score

Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
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The Canon PowerShot G12 is a standard point and shoot with a 10.4-megapixel resolution, but it has a few tricks to show. First, it has HDR and RAW shooting, 720p HD video recording and an HDMI port. It also has a pop-out LCD display and excellent......
Very good imagevideo quality
Popout LCD display
HDMI out
Lots of manual controls
Slow shooting speed
No zooming during video recording
...
Feb 2011
Best
Techreviewsource.com logo
Sony's RX series of compact cameras have wowed us with their small size and excellent image quality since the introduction of the original RX100 . But that type of quality doesn't come cheap, especially in a pocketable form factor. The RX100 II upped...
Excellent high ISO performance
Big 1inch image sensor
Sharp, wide aperture lens
10fps burst shooting
Customizable controls
Large, titling LCD
Popup OLED EVF
Quick focus
Raw support
WiFi with NFC
Very expensive
Short zoom range
Lacks hot shoe
External charger not included
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III compact camera earns Editors' Choice accolades because of its image quality and excellent EVF, even despite its high price......
Jul 2014

Wired.com Review Score

Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
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If you?re looking for a high performance camera with great image quality, you should get a digital SLR, right?Well yes, DSLRs are top-drawer picture-takers. But they?re bulky and they weigh a ton. They also aren?t exactly the most discreet cameras ou...
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Plenty of manual feature, good image qualit, versatile lens
Even lowerpriced competing models offer higherresolution 1080p HD video capture
Only digital zooming during video capture degrades quality
Imaging sensor is still tiny, though other advanced compacts have gone big
Antiquated menu system
Grainy image qualit, noticeable lens barrellin, shutter button is poo, rear buttons feel cheap
...
Feb 2011
Best
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The big question is whether the RX100 III's extra features are worth a few hundred more dollars than its predecessors, which are now its main competitors. It really depends on your shooting style and your video needs. The new camera is more similar t...
Pound for pound, the best pocket camera available now
Outstanding photo and video quality for its size
The ultimate blend of features for any level of photographer
The only pocket camera with an electronic eyelevel viewfinder
Costs as much as a DSLR
Tighter zoom range stops short of ultimate portrait territory
A step back in battery life as compared to previous models
Needs a certain storage card to use its best video mode
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Nov 2016

CNET.com Review Score

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Optical viewfinder
Articulated LCD
Built-in neutral-density filter
Very good photo quality for its class
Shot-to-shot performance still a little sluggish
Some annoying controls
Relatively unchanged from its predecessor, save the addition of 720p video, the Canon PowerShot G12 remains a very good, more-or-less compact model, designed to please photo enthusiasts......
Feb 2011
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III (aka RX100M3) is quite a different animal from its sibling, the Editors' Choice RX100M2 . With a manufacturer price of $800 (£700, AU$1,100) it costs about $150 (£110, AU$200) more, and targets enthusiasts willing ...
A great electronic viewfinder that doesn't increase the size of the svelte Sony Cybershot R 100 III is one of the camera's highlights
Plus it offers excellent performance, photo and video quality
The camera shuts down when you retract the viewfinder, the autofocus system could be more consistent, and it has poor battery life
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is an overall great camera that delivers significant improvements over the RX100 II, but not everyone will think it's worth the extra cost......
Jul 2014

Trusted Reviews Review Score

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The G12, which updates the acclaimed G11 , is an option for those who want better pictures and better features than a less well specified compact will deliver, but don't actually want to go the whole hog and plump for a DSLR. Or alternatively it can ...
Vast array of manual controls
Exceptional build quality
Tilt and rotate screen
Accessory shoe
Excellent image quality
Below average video mode
Bulky for a compact
Expensive
...
Feb 2011
Best
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What is the Sony RX100 III? The Sony RX100 III is the latest in a range of consistently fantastic Sony compact cameras. Sony's RX100 models have proved that compacts aren't just for people who are obsessed with convenience or don't care much beyond p...
Recommended
Excellent image quality
Great dynamic range
Pocketable size
No hot shoe
No touchscreen
No 4K video
The Sony RX100 III is another compact camera smash ? a tiny package that can create some stunning images.Next, check out our best cameras round-up......
Oct 2014

Stuff.tv Review Score

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If you?ve seen a Canon G-series before, the PowerShot G12 will look very familiar ? it looks almost identical to the G11, with the exception of a new front-mounted jog dial. Aside from the non-pop-up flash, it could also easily be mistaken for its......
A supremely capable digital compact that edges its rivals in most of the areas that count......
Jan 2011
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The most arresting change is the addition of an electronic viewfinder, which pops up from the left side of the RX100 III's top plate. Sony has done a fantastic job of cramming an EVF into such a tiny camera and, while it's not particularly large, bri...
Superb image and video quality
Pocketsized
Great build and features
Pricy
Short optical zoom range
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III verdict Open Gallery If you already own a great premium compact camera (such as one of the other RX100 models) then there may not be quite enough here to warrant what would be an expensive update. But if, on the other h......
Nov 2014

T3.com Review Score

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Since its maker doesn?t yet offer an interchangeable lens compact system camera to rival the , or Canon?s range-topping 10 megapixel PowerShot G12 is being pitched as a more portable back up for a Canon EOS digital SLR. Thus this is a brick-like....
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Dec 2010
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The Sony RX100 III is the brand's latest premium compact and sports a cool pop-up electronic viewfinder (EVF). Following on from the popular Sony RX100 and Sony RX100 II (both of which will still continue to be sold), the new 20.1-megapixel model als...
We gave the RX100 II five stars when we reviewed it and the new model looks set to be equally impressive. Sony has looked at all the feedback from the previous two models and addressed all the niggles to product a fantastic all-rounder.The brand is k...
May 2014

Ephotozine Review Score

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EPHOTOzine member Adrian Wilson reviews the Canon Powershot G12.The G12 is the latest in a long line of Canon G series cameras; a point and shoot range for the more discerning photographer who wants quality but not the bulk of a DSLR. The G12 boasts ...
Highly Recommended
Looks and handles really well, yet compact enough to fit in most pockets
Full of features, including a real HDR setting
Low distortion 5 times zoom lens produces sharp images in most situations
Control wheels rather than menus control most things you n
4-way controller gets caught by the thumb and inadvertently changes settings
High ISO creates a lot of noise
Optical viewfinder is not easy to use
The G12 is an impressive camera; one packed with creative modes for the enthusiast yet offers the total manual control to the more experienced used. For the photographer who travels regularly but does not have space for a DSLR, this would be the idea...
Dec 2010
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The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark III is the third version of the RX10 bridge camera from Sony, with the latest version featuring a 25x optical zoom lens with a bright f/2.4 to f/4.0 aperture, and a zoom range equivalent to 24 to 600mm in 35m......
Bright 2.4 to 4.0
25x optical zoom lens
Excellent image quality
Excellent noise performance
4K video recording
High speed video
Weather-sealed body
High resolution electronic viewfinder
High speed continuous shooting
Fast focus and shutter re
High price
JPEG Super Fine not an option when shooting JPEGRAW
Raw not available at the same time as creative effects
Quite large and heavy
The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark III offers a unique 25x optical zoom Zeiss lens with a bright f/2.4 aperture at the wide-angle end of the lens, and a bright f/4.0 at the telephoto end of the lens. The use of a 1inch, high-speed 20 megapixel BSI CMOS se...
Aug 2016

Good Gear Guide.com.au Review Score

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The Canon PowerShot G12 is an advanced compact digital camera that can fit in your pocket, yet provides a full gamut of manual controls and a relatively big zoom. It's the type of camera you should consider if you want something that will give you fu...
Plenty of manual features, good image quality, versatile zoom lens, pocketable
Grainy image quality, noticeable lens barrelling, shutter button is poor, rear buttons feel cheap, video mode not great
If you want a small, well-featured camera that allows you to easily take manual control over its exposure settings, the PowerShot G12 is a good choice -- it also does HD video. However, its picture quality isn't perfect: it's grainy and there is noti...
Nov 2010
Best
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At the heart of Sony's small Cyber-shot RX100 III is a 20-megapixel sensor that can capture images at a quality level that's usually reserved for bulky digital SLRs. That's the major distinction between this compact camera and competing models; it's ...
Good sensor captures plenty of detail
Builtin EVF and flash
Hinged screen
NFC is cumbersome
Focus wasn't always on point
Even though the RX100 III packs a viewfinder, flash, and hinged screen, it's still small enough to fit in a pants pocket. Best of all, its image quality is excellent......
Jul 2014

Imaging Resource.com Review Score

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The PowerShot G12 manages to improve on the G11 without taking any backward steps. It represents more a refinement than a revision, but that only reflects what a solid camera the G11 was. Despite that, the G12 is getting squeezed on one side by its o...
Articulated LCD screen helps compose from unusual angles
High build quality
Good grip
Dials for ISO and EV
New Front dial very handy
Excellent optics with a 28mm start to the 5x optical zoom
Excellent Optical Image Stabilization
New hybrid IS sy
Awkward size
Heavy and bulky
Controls are stiff and rough
Small Shutter button and Zoom ring
Mediocre cycle times
Poor optical viewfinder coverage
High barrel distortion at wide-angle
Moderately high chromatic aberration at wide-angle (when wide
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Nov 2010
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Not surprisingly, given its impressive new lens, the Sony RX10 III is both larger and heavier than is the RX10 II, but the change in size is rather less significant than one might expect. With dimensions of 5.2 x 3.7 x 5.0 inches, the RX10 III has gr...
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Mar 2016

Pocket Lint Review Score

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Tweet The G12 is Canon's new premium PowerShot digital compact and while it inherits most of the key feature of its predecessor, the G11, it also builds on these with some neat new equipment. The new kit includes a new control dial on the front for e...
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Image quality
JPEG and RAW capture, build, extensive feature set, multi-angle LCD, great control layout and handling
High ISO noise problems, sluggish focusing, size, price
Big, heavy and feature rich, the G12 nevertheless packs a real photographic punch, it's a true enthusiasts digital ?compact?. And, while the G12's new kit makes it a key camera if you're in the market for a well specified bridge-style snapper, we wor...
Nov 2010
Best
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If you want a pocketable high-end compact camera that offers it all, it looks as though Sony may have finally cracked it with the Cyber-shot RX100 III. This third-generation model delivers a large 1-inch sensor size, but rewrites the earlier RX100 ru...
Editor's Choice
Builtin electronic viewfinder, truly pocketable size, superfast 2470mm (equivalent) lens, customisable lens ring control, great image quality, sturdy build
ND filter added
Autofocus ought to be more effective in all lighting, it's crazy expensive, shorter focal length than predecessor, no touchscreen, small button controls
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds key features that were absent in its predecessors and is the camera to shake up the high-end compact market one again. It's the benchmark pocketable camera to beat. We love the new built-in electronic viewfinder......
Jun 2014

CNET.com.au Review Score

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Still going strong after a decade on the market, Canon's PowerShot G series has seen a bunch of contenders for its do-almost-everything crown come and go. But recently, a few cameras have pushed the envelope and fought hard for a slice of the p......
Great video quality
Articulating LCD screen
Excellent image quality
Optical viewfinder
Articulated LCD
Built-in neutral-density filter
Very good photo quality for its class
Screen is not colour accurate
No real improvements over the 11 apart from HD video
No external mic input
Expensive compared to competition
Shot-to-shot performance still a little sluggish
Some annoying controls
As long as you're happy paying a premium for the Canon name, the G12 is an excellent do-almost-anything camera. Its main weakness is that it's almost identical to the earlier G11 model......
Nov 2010
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III (aka RX100M3) is quite a different animal from its sibling, the Editors' Choice RX100M2. With a manufacturer price of $800 (£700, AU$1,100) it costs about $150 (£110, AU$200) more, and targets enthusiasts willing t...
A great electronic viewfinder that doesn't increase the size of the svelte Sony Cybershot R 100 III is one of the camera's highlights
Plus it offers excellent performance, photo and video quality
The camera shuts down when you retract the viewfinder, the autofocus system could be more consistent, and it has poor battery life
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is an overall great camera that delivers significant improvements over the RX100 II, but not everyone will think it's worth the extra cost......
Jul 2014

What Digital Camera Review Score

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Canon's PowerShot G series has been a favourite for the photographer looking for the advance control of a DSLR in a smaller and more portable body. The range has gone through several generations and stages of evolution, with the Canon PowerShot G12 b...
Gold
Timeless design
HD video addition
New control wheel on the camera's front
Zoom optique de qualit et excellente stabilisation
Niveau de fabrication de haute vole
Gestion remarquable du bruit lectronique jusqu' 1600 ISO
Ergonomie soigne et rflchie
Ecran LCD mont sur rotule
11 7 Zoll CCDSensor mit 10 0 Megapixel
Gute Detailwiedergabe auch bei hheren Empfindlichkeiten
Allgemein wenig Bildrauschen
RAWAufnahmemodus vorhanden
28mm WeitwinkelBrennweite
Optisches 5fachZoom 28140mm kleinbildquivalente Brennweite)
Optischer Sucher vorhanden
Scharfes 2 8 Zoll Display mit 461.000 Bildpunkten
Kameradisplay erlaubt maximale Einblickwinkel und eine gute Schrfebeurte
Could maybe of done with a few more upgrades
Ecran LCD 7 6 460 000 points seulement
Viseur optique peu prcis et mal ais pour les porteurs de lunettes
Le zoom optique aurait pu tre plus lumineux
Mode rafale limit, mode vido limit
Poigne pas assez creuse
Im Video kein optisches Zoomen mglich, nur digital
Keine Fokusnachfhrung whrend der Videoaufnahme
Groe Bauform und hohes Gewicht fr eine Kompaktkamera
Keine (Aufnahme)Informationen im optischen Sucher eingeblendet
Optischer Sucher relativ klein
Im Telebereich verdeckt das Objektiv einen kleinen Teil des Sucherbildes
Stativgewinde nicht in der optischen Achse
Wechselplatte verdeckt Akk
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Nov 2010
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Sony's Cyber-shot RX10 line has redefined what we can expect from superzoom compacts, but can the latest in the line score the company a hat trick? Matt Golowczynski finds out in this RX10 III reviewAt a glance:With relatively small sensors and often...
Highquality lens with extremely useful zoom range
Superb sensor produces fine stills and highquality video
Very effective image stabilisation system
Broad range of prooriented video specs
WiFi easy to set up and works well
Expensive
Max aperture of 4 at 100mm
No builtin ND filter
Menu system not as intuitive as could be
Purple fringing and blooming evident in some areas
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Canon's PowerShot G12 is the latest model in the company's flagship G-series, designed to satisfy the demands of enthusiasts who want a powerful compact or a pocketable backup to a DSLR. Announced in September 2010, it's the successor to the PowerSh....
Recommended
5x zoom with 28mm wide and 1cm macro
Flash hotshoe
RAW files and full manual controls
Great quality 2.8in 460k articulated screen
Superb controls, build and ergonomics
Slow continuous shooting at full resolution
Can't optically zoom while filming
Lumix L 5 and PowerShot 95 compelling alternatives
No longer smaller than a camera with a DSLR sensor
Canon's PowerShot G12 may only represent a modest update over its predecessor, but by addressing some of the criticisms of that model while adding a few small but neat new features, it's become a preferable camera overall. So the first headline is Ca...
Nov 2010
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The RX100 III shares the same back-illuminated 1in type / 20.1 Megapixel sensor as the RX100 II, although couples it with the latest BIONZ X processor. The 1in type sensor may be smaller than Micro Four Thirds or APS-C sensors, but crucially sports a...
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Apr 2014

Digitaltrends.com Review Score

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Ferraris get updated every few years. And so do Canon?s ?G? series point-and-shoot cameras. Last year we tested the G11 and liked it a lot, but it still had some drawbacks, notably the lack of high-def video recording. The company rectified that prob...
Canon's G12 introduces HD video recording, in-camera HDR capabilities, and a number of other subtle updates to the well-respected, but expensive, G series......
Oct 2010
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They say that the third time's always the charm. But Sony has been charming us with its Cyber-shot RX100 series since the first model. Now in its third iteration, it's the rare camera that gets treated like a rock star ? if one was to judge by the co...
Editor's Choice
Excellent compact camera
Beautiful 20.1MP stills
Outstanding XAVC S videos
Breakthrough popup EVF
Expensive
No hot shoe
Limited focal range
It's really simple: If you have the money and are in the market for a great compact digital camera, go ahead and purchase the RX100 III for all the reasons detailed. As an all-around package, there's really nothing quite like it; it beats out even th...
Jul 2014

Kenrockwell.com Review Score

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The Canon G12 is 2010's update to Canon's G series. The very big news is a tiny little front control dial. Canon's G series has a cult following, but I'm not a member. I prefer the smaller and lighter , which is the same thing as......
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Sep 2010
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Sample Image Files Intro SpecificationsAccessories USA Version PerformanceSony RX10 Mk III (72mm filters, 38.5 oz./1,091g with battery and card, about $1,498) bigger. I got mine through B&H. I'd also get it at Adorama, at Amazon or at Crutchfield.Thi...
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May 2016

Amateurphotographer.co.uk Review Score

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Canon PowerShot G12 at a glance: 10-million-pixel sensor 28-140mm f/2.8-4.5 lens 2.8in, vari-angle LCD screen Hotshoe 1280x720-pixel HD video capture Street price around £500Scores: Features - 8/10 Build and Handling - 9/10 White balance and Colour ...
While the PowerShot G12 builds on the successful formula set out by the G11, it doesn?t really add anything new. It is perhaps best to think of it as a G11 Mark II, but this is no bad thing ? the G11 is an excellent camera, winning AP?s 2010 Enthusia...
Jan 2010
Best
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At a glance:With relatively small sensors and often worryingly ambitious lenses, superzoom bridge cameras have usually been overlooked by discerning photographers, as compact system cameras and DSLRs have become more powerful and portable. Most peopl...
High-quality lens with extremely useful zoom range
Superb sensor produces fine stills and high-quality video
Very effective image stabilisation system
Broad range of pro-oriented video specs
Wi-Fi easy to set up and works well
Expensive
Max aperture of 4 at 100mm
No built-in ND filter
Menu system not as intuitive as could be
Purple fringing and blooming evident in some areas
The RX10 III rounds off an impressive trilogy of cameras from Sony, and it is difficult to come away from using it and feel underwhelmed. Although it covers much the same territory as the RX10 II, the increase in focal range over previous models chan...
Jun 2016

DP Review Review Score

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Canon Powershot G12 Quick Review January 2011 | Barnaby Britton This is the latest in our series of 'Quick Reviews.' We use this format for cameras that are operationally similar and identical in terms of output to models we've already reviewed. We ...
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For this Quick review we ran some basic studio tests to confirm that the G12's still image quality is essentially identical to the G12. To get all the in-depth information that you expect from a dpreview review on the Canon Powershot G12 you'll have ...
Jan 2006
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The Sony DSC-RX10 III is an enthusiast-oriented bridge camera with a 24-600mm equivalent F2.4-4 lens and 20MP 1"-type stacked CMOS sensor. That sensor and the BIONZ X image processor are shared with the RX10 II and Sony RX100 IV, and offer great dyna...
Silver
New 24600mm equivalent 2.44 lens is optically excellent
1"type stacked sensor provides excellent dynamic range and ISO performance
Combination of reach and video feature set is unparalleled
Tweaked ergonomics offer comfier grip and better customizabil
New lens loses builtin ND filter
Lots of glass to push around means slower startup and zoom times
Autofocus prone to hunting
Touchscreen would improve control, especially AF point placement
Menu system still needs a makeover
Buttons are mushy and lac
Compared to its peers, the RX10 III is the best all-around bridge camera on the market. The 1"-type stacked CMOS sensor offers the same (that is, very good) performance as its predecessor, while the new lens reaches from a wide angle of 24mm all the ...
Jun 2016

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What are They Best Used For

Portrait Photography

When ranking cameras for their skill in taking portrait photos, we’ve concentrated on several key attributes. The most important of these are image resolution, sensor size and image stabilisation. A larger image resolution means the portrait will be more detailed, while the sensor and stabiliser means that the portrait won’t be blurry at all. On top of that, a pre-flash can help reduce the chance of red eye, and smile detection can help find that perfect moment Finally, extras like a handheld remote control or a self timer can help with taking self-portraits and group shots.

Compare the best portrait photography cameras.

Landscape Photography

When ranking cameras for their ability to photograph landscapes, we’ve concentrated on a number of key attributes. The most important of these is optical zoom capability, since it allows you to take detailed photos of particular parts of the landscape from a long way away and still have them come out in good detail. Weight and battery life are also very important, since you may be carrying your camera with your for a long time while walking around - you want it to be light enough to not be a hassle, and with a good strong battery, so it doesn’t run out of juice mid-way through the trip! Finally we have taken into account several important factors, such as environmental protection (especially water and dust resistance) and whether the camera comes with GPS, in order to pin-point exactly where you took the photo for later reference.

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Everyday Photography

When ranking cameras for everyday use, we’ve concentrated on size and battery life, since you don’t want your camera weighing you down as you wander, and you definitely don’t want it running out of juice! Good optical sensor size and an image stabiliser are also important, since many of your photos will be taken with very short notice, and these will help reduce any instances of blurring in the photo. Finally, a moving display allows you to tilt the display up and down, in order to raise or lower the camera to find interesting angles, while still being able to see the display to frame the shot.

Compare the best everyday photography cameras.

Sports Photography

One of the most important attributes of a good sports photography camera is speed. The players at a game will normally be moving very fast, so you need a camera that will keep up with them and produce clean, unblurry photos. Therefore a fast shutter speed and an image stabiliser will allow you to react fast to sudden events without the end result turning into a blurry mess. Connected to this, a multi burst (or ‘motor drive’) functionality will allow you to take a larger number of photos in a very short space of time - therefore meaning you’ll have a large number of shots to choose from when selecting the perfect photo afterwards. Because you may be taking an awful lot of photos, a good battery life is very important too. Finally, weatherproofing is always a good idea - rain doesn’t always stop play, and you definitely don’t want it to stop your camera!

Compare the best sports photography cameras.

Wildlife Photography

When ranking cameras for their ability to photograph wildlife, we've concentrated on a number of key attributes. Optical zoom is important to allow you to take clear, detailed photos of animals without having to get physically close to them. A high ISO sensitivity will help take cleaner photos in low-light conditions. Finally, since animals tend to move (and sometimes quite fast), we consider a trio of the camera's shutter speed, auto focus power and whether it has an image stabilisation system or not. All three of these will help you take crisper, cleaner photos of fast moving objects.

Compare the best wildlife photography cameras.

Key Features

Megapixels

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.

Image Stabilizer

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

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Yes
No

Image Sensor Size

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a digital camera. Compact digital cameras have smaller optical sensors due to the reduced space available in the camera body. Digital SLRs and Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) have large optical sensors to achieve maximum image quality.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality photographs. A 4/3" sensor size has a 2x crop factor compared to 35mm film, while a 1/4" sensor size is significantly smaller and will result in lower quality images.

Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Digital Zoom

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.

Minimum Aperture Number

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the camera lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camera's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camera's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the camera to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Maximum ISO Sensitivity

ISO sensitivity denotes the sensitivity of your camera to available light. Modifying the sensitivity causes the camera to gather more or less light when forming an image. Higher sensitivity gathers more light, which means can lead to a sharper image in low-light conditions. However it may also lead to increased 'noise', meaning the ISO level must be carefully modified to get the best shot.

A higher maximum ISO sensitivity will allow you to take photos in lower light levels without using flash.

Display Diagonal

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.

Specification

 
 
 
Picture Quality Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Camera Type
compact
 compact
compact
 compact
Megapixels 10MP 20.1MP
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Image Sensor Size 1" 1"
Still Image Resolution
5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3648
5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3648
Maximum Image Resolution
5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3648
5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3648
Optical Sensor Size
1/1.7"
 1/1.7"
1/1.7"
 1/1.7"
Sensor Type
CCD
 CCD
CCD
 CCD
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H) Unknown - Click to provide data
Total Megapixels Unknown - Click to provide data 20.9MP
Supported Aspect Ratios
16:9,1:1,16:9,1:1
 16:9,1:1,16:9,1:1
16:9,1:1,16:9,1:1
 16:9,1:1,16:9,1:1
 
 
 
Lens System Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Optical Zoom 5x
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2.9x
Digital Zoom 4x
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11x
Minimum Aperture Number 2.8 1.8
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Maximum Aperture Number 4.5 11
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Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 140mm 73mm
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Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv) 28mm 25mm
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Aspherical Lens 1 9
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Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom 20x Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blade Unknown - Click to provide data 7
 
 
 
Focusing Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
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 spot
centre weighted Spot Auto Focus
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
 spot
 centre weighted
 Spot Auto Focus
 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 spot
centre weighted Spot Auto Focus
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
 spot
 centre weighted
 Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Points 9
BEST
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide) Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Auto Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
Auto Manual
Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Auto Manual
Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele) Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Light Exposure Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
ISO Sensitivity
Auto
 Auto
Auto
 Auto
Light Exposure Modes
Auto shutter priority
aperture priority Manual
Shutter priority AE Aperture priority AE
aperture priori Shutter priori
AP M
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 aperture priori
 Shutter priori
 AP
 M
Auto shutter priority
aperture priority Manual
Shutter priority AE Aperture priority AE
aperture priori Shutter priori
AP M
 Auto
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 aperture priori
 Shutter priori
 AP
 M
Maximum ISO Sensitivity 3,200
BEST
25,600
Minimum ISO Sensitivity 80
BEST
125
Light Metering
Evaluative (Multi-pattern) Centre-weighted
Spot evaluative
Multi-pattern
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 evaluative
 Multi-pattern
Evaluative (Multi-pattern) Centre-weighted
Spot evaluative
Multi-pattern
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 evaluative
 Multi-pattern
Light Exposure Correction
± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
Program AE Program
 Program AE
 Program
Program AE Program
 Program AE
 Program
 
 
 
Shutter Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Camera Shutter Speed 1s 1s
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed 15s 30s
BEST
 
 
 
Flash Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Flash Modes
Auto Flash on
Flash off Red-eye reduction
Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Auto Flash on
Flash off Red-eye reduction
Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Correction
±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
 ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
 ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
 
 
 
Video Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Maximum Video Resolution
1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Video Resolution
640 x 480 320 x 240
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
640 x 480 320 x 240
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1280 x 720
Motion JPEG Frame Rate 24fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
MOV H.264
MP4 AVCHD
AVC
 MOV
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
MOV H.264
MP4 AVCHD
AVC
 MOV
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 
 
 
Audio Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Audio Formats Supported
LPCM AC3
PCM
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
LPCM AC3
PCM
 LPCM
 AC3
 PCM
 
 
 
Memory Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Compatible Memory Cards
SDXC SDHC
SD MMC+
MS PRO MS Micro (M2)
MS Duo MS PRO Duo
MS PRO Duo HS MS Pro-HG
MS Pro-HG Duo MSXC
MS XC-HG Duo MicroSD (TransFlash)
MicroSDHC MicroSDXC
microSD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MMC+
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 microSD
SDXC SDHC
SD MMC+
MS PRO MS Micro (M2)
MS Duo MS PRO Duo
MS PRO Duo HS MS Pro-HG
MS Pro-HG Duo MSXC
MS XC-HG Duo MicroSD (TransFlash)
MicroSDHC MicroSDXC
microSD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MMC+
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 microSD
Memory Slots 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Display Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Display Diagonal 2.8" 3"
BEST
Field of View 100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution 461,000 Pixels
BEST
1,228,800 Pixels
Display
TFT
 TFT
TFT
 TFT
 
 
 
Viewfinder Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Magnification Unknown - Click to provide data 0.59x
Viewfinder Type
Optical electrical
 Optical
 electrical
Optical electrical
 Optical
 electrical
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
HDMI Connector Type
Micro
 Micro
Micro
 Micro
 
 
 
Camera Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
White Balance
Auto Fluorescent
Cloudy Daylight
Flash Underwater
Custom modes Fluorescent H
custom m cus
Incandescent Shade
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 custom m
 cus
 Incandescent
 Shade
Auto Fluorescent
Cloudy Daylight
Flash Underwater
Custom modes Fluorescent H
custom m cus
Incandescent Shade
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Flash
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 custom m
 cus
 Incandescent
 Shade
Shooting Modes
Auto Shutter priority
Aperture priority Manual
Aperture pr
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Aperture pr
Auto Shutter priority
Aperture priority Manual
Aperture pr
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Aperture pr
Photo Effects
Black&White Neutral
Positive film Sepia
Skin tones Vivid
Skin
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Skin
Black&White Neutral
Positive film Sepia
Skin tones Vivid
Skin
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Sepia
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Skin
Self-Timer Delay Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Playback Zoom 10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
Resizing
 Resizing
Resizing
 Resizing
Camera File System
DPOF 1.1 Exif 2.3
RAW DPOF
Exif DCF
MPF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
 MPF
DPOF 1.1 Exif 2.3
RAW DPOF
Exif DCF
MPF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
 MPF
Camera Playback
Movie Single image
Single
 Movie
 Single image
 Single
Movie Single image
Single
 Movie
 Single image
 Single
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Beach Snow
Children Fireworks
Landscape Portrait
Sports Self-portrait
Underwater Close-up (macro)
Night Night portrait
Sunset Twilight
Pet
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Underwater
 Close-up (macro)
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Pet
Beach Snow
Children Fireworks
Landscape Portrait
Sports Self-portrait
Underwater Close-up (macro)
Night Night portrait
Sunset Twilight
Pet
 Beach
 Snow
 Children
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Sports
 Self-portrait
 Underwater
 Close-up (macro)
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sunset
 Twilight
 Pet
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) EN
ES F
 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)
 EN
 ES
 F
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) EN
ES F
 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)
 EN
 ES
 F
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Weight
BEST
263g
Height 76.2mm 58.1mm
Depth 48.3mm 41mm
Width 112.1mm 101.6mm
Weight (including Battery) 401g 290g
BEST
 
 
 
Battery Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Power Source Type
Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Battery
Battery Supported 1 1
Battery Type
Battery Life 370 Shots
BEST
320 Shots
Battery Voltage Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H) Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
 
 
 
Packaging Content Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Cables Included
USB Micro-USB
micro USB
 USB
 Micro-USB
 micro USB
USB Micro-USB
micro USB
 USB
 Micro-USB
 micro USB
 
 
 
Other Features Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Compatible Operating Systems Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed 1s
BEST
Video Memory Capacity Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Technical Details Canon PowerShot G12 Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 III
Viewfinder Resolution Unknown - Click to provide data 1,440,000 Pixels

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