Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

True resolution
High true resolution
16 MP
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
 
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Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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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 922k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 4.2 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 350 shots vs 310 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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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
Overall image quality Better image quality 55.0 vs 46.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 5.5x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 703 ISO vs 165 ISO
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The DMC-GX1 has excellent image quality 2.1 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot G15
Color depth Better color depth 20.8 bits vs 19.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Weight Slightly lighter 318 g vs 352 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G15:19.9 bits
              DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G15:11.5 EV
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot G15:46.0
              DMC-GX1:55.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $511 - $549

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $499

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

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              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $671

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $220 - $299

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $606 - $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 DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $848 body only

              $985 - $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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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