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

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Canon Powershot SX40

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

44

Canon Powershot SX40

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Really small
Size
Mid size 112x76x48 mm
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Thin
Thickness
1.9"
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
 

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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Advantages of the Canon SX40

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Zoom
More zoom
35x vs 5x
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49x more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10.3 fps vs 2 fps
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More than 5x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$357.21 vs $965.56
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The best price we've seen is $608 cheaper (2.7x less)
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
350 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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
112x76x48 mm vs 123x92x108 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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
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
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 cm
              G121 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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SX40$357.21
              G12$965.56
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX40350 ms
              G12380 ms
              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

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              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

              $612 with 75-300mm 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
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $200 - $327

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Powershot SX40 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $314

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $499 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              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

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Size Significantly smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $624

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399 - $419

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $869

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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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