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
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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent digicams

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        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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        No significant shared competitors found.

        Canon PowerShot G11 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Pro digicam

        $500

        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

        $449 - $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 Worse image quality
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon PowerShot G1X

        Canon PowerShot G1X

        Boutique

        $527 - $549

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot G15

        Canon PowerShot G15

        Pro digicam

        $419 - $499

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus VG-160

        Olympus VG-160

        Compact

        $112

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon IXUS 132

        Canon IXUS 132

        Travel zoom

        $114

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $289 - $300

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Ultra compact

        $91

        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Compact

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

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        discussion

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