Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Canon PowerShot G1X

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Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Size
Really small
Mid size 112x76x48 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 300 ms vs 2700 ms
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9x less delay when turning on
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Overall image quality Better image quality 62.0 vs 47.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 21.9 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 22.2x14.7mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 7.5x larger sensor
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 700 shots vs 350 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 755 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The T3 has excellent image quality 2.2 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 309 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder Has a through-the-lens viewfinder Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 2 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $289.95 vs $671.48
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The best price we've seen is $382 cheaper (2.3x less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size Significantly smaller 112x76x48 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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2.5x smaller
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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
Screen size Larger screen 2.8" vs 2.7"
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 1.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 40% thinner
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.2 EV vs 11 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Slightly lighter 401 g vs 459 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T3:Pentamirror
              G12:Tunnel
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3:11 EV
              G12:11.2 EV
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3:3 fps
              G12:2 fps
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              G12:720p @ 24fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              T3:2.7"
              G12:2.8"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3:62.0
              G12:47.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $599 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $249 body only

              $375 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 body only

              $200 - $675 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $449 body only

              $500 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Weight Heavier

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

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              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $527 - $549

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $549

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $490

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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