There is often talk about which is a better carry-at-all times camera, the Canon s95 or G12? It can be a difficult choice unless the top priority is the ability to slip a camera into a small pocket. Then it’s a no brainer: the s95 wins hands down. The s95 is smaller and lighter than the G12:
s95 about half the weight of the G12
- G12: 14.14 ounces/401 grams
- s95: 6.88 ounces/195 grams
- G12: 4.41 x 2.99 x 1.89 inches/112 x 76 x 48mm
- s95: 3.94 x 2.28 x 1.18″/100x58x30mm
G12 more advanced than the s95
While the G12 and s95 have features in common including the same sensor, the G12 has a longer lens. It is one stop slower at the widest angle but faster at the long end of the zoom. In addition, the G12 has an articulating LCD screen, Optical Viewfinder with diopter adjustment, hot shoe for an accessory flash, a faster shutter and built-in Neutral Density filter. For some, the ergonomics or the G12 is better because of it’s larger size, built-in hand grip (the s95 has none) and larger rear thumb rest.
The G12 has more of the features and external controls found on digital single reflex cameras. DSLR owners will be right at home using it. By the same token, the s95 has enough controls to satisfy even an experienced photographer. Keep in mind that the s95 and G12 may be an overkill for users who simply want to point-and-shoot. If so, they may want to consider cameras with backside-illuminated CMOS sensors like some of those featured in this article.
G12 & Ss95 image quality
Overall image quality between the two cameras is nearly identical. If you do your part as a photographer, expect well-exposed photos with rich Canon colors right out of the box (each camera has menu options to adjust color).
Both cameras do well in good light. Considering their sensor size, both do well in low light at higher ISO numbers too, though you’ll be disappointed if you expect the high ISO performance of a DSLR.
The s95 is slightly better for certain types of indoor shots without flash because it has a faster lens at wide angle (f2.0 vs f2.8). But if you photograph moving subjects inside, such as active children, the G12 provides the option of using an external flash to capture action with little, if any, motion blur.
Either camera is a great choice
You can’t go wrong with either camera. If you’re a DSLR owner and want a small companion camera, the s95 is an excellent choice. However, if this will be your only digital camera, or if you want one that is more versatile, more feature-rich and has a longer zoom, the G12 fulfills those needs.