Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Canon PowerShot G15

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Canon PowerShot G12

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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 G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
380 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 60.0 vs 47.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Color depth Better color depth 21.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 6x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 644 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The G1X has excellent image quality 2 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price Cheaper $510.29 vs $779.00
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The best price we've seen is $269 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 380 ms vs 697 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Size Smaller 112x76x48 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.2 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Longer battery life 350 shots vs 250 shots
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40% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 1.9" vs 2.6"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight Lighter 401 g vs 492 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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 flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X:10.8 EV
              G12:11.2 EV
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G1X:697 ms
              G12:380 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G1X:1900 ms
              G12:2700 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G1X:1.9 fps
              G12:2 fps
              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
              G12:47.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G1X:4x
              G12:5x

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $799

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $499

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              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
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $598

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 body only

              $308 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

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $468 - $547

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $514

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $450

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $875

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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              Dr_yang (8:29 PM, March 18, 2012)
              The sensor size of Canon G1 X is larger the four-third sensor!
               
              Axlslash82 (9:06 AM, March 14, 2012)
              Is the canon g1x going to be better then the g12 in terms of pic for macro?
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:16 PM, March 06, 2012)
              Thanks for letting us know, we will fix that up soon
               
              Dodie (8:40 AM, March 06, 2012)
              The Canon G12 also has an HDR feature, FYI