Updated (September 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs Nikon Coolpix P7800

Canon PowerShot G15 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7700

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1800 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G15.
Explore our gallery of 13 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P7700.

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the PowerShot G15's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The PowerShot G15's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
107×76×40 mm vs 119×73×51 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
350 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
1.6" vs 2"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
352 g vs 392 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon P7700

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Focus points
Many more focus points
99 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality
Better image quality
53.0 vs 46.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
21.1 bits vs 19.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
191 ISO vs 165 ISO
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The P7700 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lowest price
Cheaper
$519.11 vs $777.61
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The best price we've seen is $258 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              PowerShot G15f/1.8
              P7700f/2
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              PowerShot G15922k dots
              P7700921k dots
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              12 MP
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              PowerShot G15350 shots
              P7700330 shots
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              PowerShot G15$777.61
              P7700$519.11
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot G15165 ISO
              P7700191 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              PowerShot G155x
              P77007.1x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot G1546.0
              P770053.0

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              PowerShot G151.0 cm
              P77002.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G1511.5 EV
              P770011.7 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G1519.9 bits
              P770021.1 bits
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $417 - $473

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $978

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500 - $547

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $330 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon Coolpix P7700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm X30

              Fujifilm X30

              Pro digicam

              $440 - $499

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Many fewer focus points
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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