Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic GX7

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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
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-GX1

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
259 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Color depth Better color depth 21.7 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 60.0 vs 55.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs LIVEMOS
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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-GX1

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 259 ms vs 697 ms
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2.7x 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
Size Smaller 116x68x39 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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2x smaller
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
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 2.6"
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40% thinner
Weight Lighter 318 g vs 492 g
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Around 40% lighter
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4.2 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 310 shots vs 250 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              60 seconds
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X:10.8 EV
              DMC-GX1:10.6 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-GX1:55.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $664 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

              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
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $439 - $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
              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
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $745 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $550 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External flash No external flash support
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

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