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

Canon PowerShot G1X vs Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon PowerShot G1X

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Canon PowerShot G12

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Great color depth
Color depth
21.7 bits
Large sensor
Sensor size
Four thirds 18.7x14mm
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
60.0 vs 47.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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 18.7x14mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 6x larger sensor
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$402.17 vs $971.28
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The best price we've seen is $569 cheaper (2.4x less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 20.0 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
112×76×48 mm vs 117×81×65 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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0.8 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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. 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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X10.8 EV
              G1211.2 EV
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G1X697 ms
              G12380 ms
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G1X1900 ms
              G122700 ms
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1X21.7 bits
              G1220.4 bits
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G1X1.9 fps
              G122 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G1X644 ISO
              G12161 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X60.0
              G1247.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G1X4x
              G125x

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              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

              $749

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $779

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $519 - $649

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm X30

              Fujifilm X30

              Pro digicam

              $431 - $500

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              True resolution Lower true resolution

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $799

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              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

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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