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
 

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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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
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 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
Wide angle Significantly 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 Significantly cheaper $199.95 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $289 cheaper (2.4x 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
              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

              $338 - $345

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G11 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $850

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

              $849

              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 G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $620 - $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $105

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $170 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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