Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Leica D-LUX 5

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Leica D-LUX 5

Canon PowerShot G12
Leica D-LUX 5

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Tunnel
 

Reasons to buy the Leica D-LUX 5

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
12,800 ISO
Thickness
Thin
1"
Weight
Light-weight
271 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12. Explore our gallery of 17 sample photos taken by the Leica D-LUX 5.

differences

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
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$965.56 vs $1,459.45
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The best price we've seen is $494 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Leica D-LUX 5

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the D-LUX 5's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
110x65x25 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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2.3x smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 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
271 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.9"
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Around 50% thinner
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Leica D-LUX 5.

similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths
Aperture Wide aperture Help
G12f/2.8
D-LUX 5f/2.0
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Sensor size Large sensors Help
G121/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
D-LUX 51/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1 cm
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
1/4000 of a second
Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Very expensive Help
G12$965.56
D-LUX 5$1,459.45
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
G122 fps
D-LUX 52.5 fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Movie format HD (720p) video Help
G12720p @ 24fps
D-LUX 5720p @ 30fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
G125x
D-LUX 53.8x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths

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

Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
G12None
D-LUX 512,800 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
10 MP
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
G12461k dots
D-LUX 5460k dots

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$398

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Thickness Is thicker
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$589

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Thickness Is thicker
Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$445

Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Lowest price Is much less expensive
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
External flash Doesn't support an external flash

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$449

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Supports 24p No 24p support
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$399 - $419

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11

Pro digicam

$624

Battery life Much longer battery life
Lowest price Much cheaper
Supports 24p No 24p support
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15

Pro digicam

$487

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10

Pro digicam

$869

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

Leica D-LUX 5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$670

Aperture Wider aperture
3D Takes 3D photos
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Size Larger
Leica D-LUX 4

Leica D-LUX 4

Pro digicam

$2,299

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Slightly lighter
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Lowest price Much more expensive
Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

$1,499

Weight Slightly lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328

Aperture Wider aperture
3D Takes 3D photos
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Size Larger
Leica V-Lux 40

Leica V-Lux 40

Travel zoom

$1,799

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Supports RAW No RAW support
Aperture Much narrower aperture

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discussion

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Avatar for Aimee Le Aimee Le (8:05 PM, October 12, 2011)
If you include the free Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Software that comes with the Leica D Lux 5, you actually get a better camera for relatively the same price.