Updated (September 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 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
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
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"
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$971.28 vs $1,503.52
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The best price we've seen is $532 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Leica D-LUX 5

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the D-LUX 5's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
Size
Smaller
110×65×25 mm vs 112×76×48 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
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.9"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight
Lighter
271 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
2.5 fps vs 2 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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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
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1.0 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$971.28
D-LUX 5$1,503.52
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
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
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
G12None
D-LUX 512,800 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
10 MP
GPS No built-in GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
G12461k dots
D-LUX 5460k dots

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15

Pro digicam

$780

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$589

Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
Startup delay Has much less startup delay
Thickness Is thicker
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448 - $498

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Thickness Is thicker
Startup delay Has much more startup delay
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$399

Movie format Records higher quality movies
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Thickness Is thicker
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has much better image quality
Thickness Is thicker

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Supports 24p No 24p support
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11

Pro digicam

$299

Battery life Much longer battery life
Startup delay Less startup delay
Supports 24p No 24p support
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$407

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 G10

Canon PowerShot G10

Pro digicam

$849

Battery life Much longer battery life
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Pro digicam

$519 - $649

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Supports 24p No 24p support
Macro focus Much worse macro capability

Leica D-LUX 5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6

Pro digicam

$782

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

Leica D-LUX 4

Pro digicam

$2,300

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Slightly lighter
Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO
Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Leica D-Lux (Typ 109)

Boutique

$947 - $1,052

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Size Larger
Leica D-LUX 3

Leica D-Lux 3

Pro digicam

$1,499

Weight Slightly lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Leica V-Lux 4

Leica V-Lux 4

Super zoom

$834

3D Takes 3D photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Size Much larger

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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.