Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Color depth
Great color depth
21.7 bits
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 21.7 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 60.0 vs 56.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Dynamic range More dynamic range 10.8 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 293 ms vs 697 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Startup delay Less startup delay 1400 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Size Smaller 115x84x47 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Lighter 336 g vs 492 g
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More than 30% lighter
True resolution Higher true resolution 15.8 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Thickness Thinner 1.9" vs 2.6"
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Around 30% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $293.89 vs $510.29
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The best price we've seen is $216 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G1X:Tunnel
              DMC-G3:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X:10.8 EV
              DMC-G3:10.6 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X:60.0
              DMC-G3:56.0

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $309 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $484 - $774 body only

              $200 - $595 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $799

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $598

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $443 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $698 - $700 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $831 - $998 body only

              $1,428 with 20mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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