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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
21.7 bits
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
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
 
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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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Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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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)
Macro focus Much better macro capability 1 cm vs 20 cm
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Focus on subjects 20x closer to the lens
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $399.00 vs $527.39
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The best price we've seen is $128 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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 Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X:60.0
              PowerShot G15:46.0
              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

              $499

              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

              $799

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              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

              $671

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $601

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Thickness Is thicker
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm 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

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

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot G15.

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              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 ...