Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G11

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
 
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Advantages of the Canon G11

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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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash 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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The G11's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen size Much larger screen 3.5" vs 2.8"
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Around 30% larger screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.5 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX78's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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3.6x smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 142 g vs 375 g
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2.6x lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1.9"
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2.4x thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $249.99 vs $479.00
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The best price we've seen is $229 cheaper (around 50% less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
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              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G11:None
              DMC-FX78:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G11:1.1 fps
              DMC-FX78:3.7 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G11 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $799

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $494 - $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen size Larger screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $1,094

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $120

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $256

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Compact

              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Compact

              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Casio Exilim EX-Z77

              Casio Exilim EX-Z77

              Compact

              $200

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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