Updated (September, 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7

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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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Weight
Light-weight
229 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon G11

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the G11's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
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
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
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-TZ7

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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format Higher resolution movies 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Size Smaller 103x60x33 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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2x smaller
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
Weight Lighter 229 g vs 375 g
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Around 40% lighter
Zoom Slightly more zoom 12x vs 5x
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Around 6x more zoom
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 2.3 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 2x 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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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        G11:None
        DMC-TZ7:6,400 ISO
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        G11:1.1 fps
        DMC-TZ7:2.3 fps
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        G11:480p @ 30fps
        DMC-TZ7:720p @ 30fps

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $479 - $498

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

        Canon PowerShot G11 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Pro digicam

        $899

        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

        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
        Canon PowerShot G9

        Canon PowerShot G9

        Pro digicam

        $350

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Screen size Larger screen
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix TZ40

        Panasonic Lumix TZ40

        Travel zoom

        $242

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

        Panasonic Lumix TZ30

        Travel zoom

        $489

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10

        Travel zoom

        GPS Has a GPS
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $490 - $515

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

        Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

        Travel zoom

        $125 - $130

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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