Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
380 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Significantly smaller 112x76x48 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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2.4x smaller
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 380 ms vs 540 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size Larger screen 2.8" vs 2.5"
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More than 10% larger screen
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" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Thickness Thinner 1.9" vs 3.4"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight Lighter 401 g vs 600 g
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More than 30% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The G12's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 350 shots vs 340 shots
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Zoom More zoom 20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Startup delay Less startup delay 2400 ms vs 2700 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $599.99 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $199 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              G12:1 cm
              SX20 IS:0 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G12:Tunnel
              SX20 IS:Digital
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G12:$799.00
              SX20 IS:$599.99
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12:380 ms
              SX20 IS:540 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              G12:401 g
              SX20 IS:600 g
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G12:2700 ms
              SX20 IS:2400 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              SX20 IS:0.7 fps
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12:720p @ 24fps
              SX20 IS:720p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              G12:2.8"
              SX20 IS:2.5"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $580

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $500

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,098

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $439

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $650

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $536 - $550

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Canon PowerShot S5 IS

              Super zoom

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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