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

Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Canon PowerShot G1X

73

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Great color depth
Color depth
21.7 bits
Large sensor
Sensor size
Four thirds 18.7x14mm
 

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
293 ms shutter lag

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
Better image quality
60.0 vs 56.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.8 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
115×84×47 mm vs 117×81×65 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
336 g vs 492 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
15.8 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              G1XTunnel
              DMC-G3Digital
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X10.8 EV
              DMC-G310.6 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1X21.7 bits
              DMC-G321 bits
              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
              DMC-G3667 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X60.0
              DMC-G356.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

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

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

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

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $780

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $519 - $649

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $590 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 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-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $752 body only

              $949 with 45-150mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $515 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger

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