• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 336.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

Buy From

Differences

Canon SX130 IS advantages over Canon G12

  • Less expensive
    $250 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    336 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Canon G12 advantages over Canon SX130 IS

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.08 vs 1.54 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.4
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    461k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    2.0 fps vs 1.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Buy From

Your purchases support this site

Your purchases support this site

Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Sony DSC-H20

Canon SX130 IS
Sony DSC-H20
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $279
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less shutter lag
  • Longer exposure
Canon G12
Sony DSC-H20
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $279
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon G11

Canon SX130 IS
Canon G11
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G12
Canon G11
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch

Compared to Nikon P7000

Canon SX130 IS
Nikon P7000
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G12
Nikon P7000
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Canon SX150 IS

Canon SX130 IS
Canon SX150 IS
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
Canon G12
Canon SX150 IS
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon SX160

Canon SX130 IS
Canon SX160
  • $149
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
Canon G12
Canon SX160
  • $854
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $146
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
Compare Other Cameras?