Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G1X

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Canon PowerShot G1X

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Canon PowerShot G15

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Canon PowerShot G15

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1900 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Large sensor
Sensor size
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
60.0 vs 46.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Color depth
Better color depth
21.7 bits vs 19.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 6.5x larger sensor
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
644 ISO vs 165 ISO
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The G1X has excellent image quality 2 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot G15
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1 cm vs 20 cm
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Focus on subjects 20x closer to the lens
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the PowerShot G15's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Size
Smaller
106x75x40 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Thinner
1.6" vs 2.6"
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Around 40% thinner
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 250 shots
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40% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
352 g vs 492 g
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Around 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              G1X:920k dots
              PowerShot G15:922k dots
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X:10.8 EV
              PowerShot G15:11.5 EV
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1X:21.7 bits
              PowerShot G15:19.9 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X:60.0
              PowerShot G15:46.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G1X:4x
              PowerShot G15:5x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $829

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot G1X.

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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              Showing 3 comments

              Ton (6:23 PM, August 23, 2013)
              Stunning image quality, gerat handling, lousy macro.
               
              Rich Mack (5:45 PM, July 26, 2013)
              I am after one of these two to replace my powershot 6mpx cam which has been great over the years but its time to decide which..?
              Love low light taking
              Hate flash photo taking
              Want point and shoot as well as effects after taking pics
              Can either do this?
              Finally, which is ideal given my needs?
              Many thanks, a confused amateur.
               
              Leifur (9:28 PM, October 29, 2012)
              The G1 X sells for $799, the G15 for $499. How on Earth can those figures translate to GBP 454 and 529, respectively? There is something seriously wrong with the G15 price quoted in all you comparisons with that camera ...