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

Canon PowerShot G11 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Winner
Canon PowerShot G11

40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G11

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great battery life
Battery life
1000 shots
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
Great viewfinder
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

differences

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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1300s
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3.1x faster max shutter speed
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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$289.99 vs $494.02
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The best price we've seen is $204 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G11:3,200 ISO
              DMC-FX78:1,600 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot G11 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $996

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $754

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen size Larger screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              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 G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Casio Exilim EX-Z550

              Casio Exilim EX-Z550

              Compact

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $330

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Compact

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $149

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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