Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Canon Powershot SX40

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

45

Canon Powershot SX40

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Really small
Size
Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Thin
Thickness
1.9"
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot SX40

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10.3 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 5x
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49x more zoom
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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 significantly faster
10.3 fps vs 2 fps
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More than 5x faster continuous shooting
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$348.34 vs $986.82
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The best price we've seen is $638 cheaper (2.8x less)
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
350 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 350 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Size
Significantly smaller
112×76×48 mm vs 123×92×108 mm
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3x smaller
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.9" vs 4.3"
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2.2x thinner
Screen size
Larger screen
2.8" vs 2.7"
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Almost the same
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Weight
Lighter
401 g vs 600 g
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More than 30% lighter
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              SX40f/2.7
              G12f/2.8
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              SX400.0 cm
              G121.0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              SX40380 shots
              G12350 shots
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SX40Digital
              G12Tunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              SX401/3200s
              G121/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              G12380 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              SX402.7"
              G122.8"

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $366

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $360

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $785

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $600

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $424 - $480

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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              NILOFAR (9:09 AM, August 26, 2012)
              i don t knowe which one is better .I duy which one G12 OR SX40 HS