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

Canon PowerShot G1X

Winner
Canon PowerShot G1X

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Canon PowerShot G12

55

Canon PowerShot G12

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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 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
 

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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
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
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
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$549.00 vs $829.42
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The best price we've seen is $280 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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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 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 Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G1X:697 ms
              G12:380 ms
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1X:21.7 bits
              G12:20.4 bits
              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

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              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

              $498 - $798

              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 G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              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 G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $830

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $540

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

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $570

              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 G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $870

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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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