Updated (September 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700

Canon PowerShot G15 vs Nikon Coolpix P7100

Winner
Canon PowerShot G15

49

Nikon Coolpix P7100

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7100

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
281 ms shutter lag
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the PowerShot G15's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 7.5x faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.7 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The PowerShot G15's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Overall image quality
Better image quality
46.0 vs 41.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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 114×77×45 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
19.9 bits vs 19.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Weight
Slightly lighter
352 g vs 395 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.6" vs 1.8"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon P7100

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External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$389.00 vs $439.99
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The best price we've seen is $51 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              PowerShot G15922k dots
              P7100921k dots
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              350 shots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              165 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G1519.9 bits
              P710019.4 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G1511.5 EV
              P710010.7 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot G1546.0
              P710041.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              PowerShot G155x
              P71007.1x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              PowerShot G151.0 cm
              P71002.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              PowerShot G1512 MP
              P710010 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              PowerShot G151/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm
              P71001/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              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
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $485

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $289

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Super zoom

              $999

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $335 - $379

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $375

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger

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