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

Canon PowerShot G15

Winner
Canon PowerShot G15

64

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

36

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

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

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
 

differences

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
Slightly 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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $549 - $1,227

              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

              $498 - $798

              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 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              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

              $829

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $478 - $563 body only

              $590 - $798 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $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-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Better color depth
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Slightly smaller
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

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