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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
 

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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size Significantly 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
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.5" vs 2.8"
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Around 30% larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $119.00 vs $674.00
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The best price we've seen is $555 cheaper (5.7x less)
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1.9"
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2.4x thinner
Longest exposure Significantly 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
              CCD
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $300

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot G11 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $629

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $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 G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $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

              $900

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

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $110 - $170

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $499

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Compact

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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              Canon PowerShot G11 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
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