Updated (September 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P7700

48

Canon PowerShot G12

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7700

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1800 ms startup delay
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12.
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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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
380 ms vs 421 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x 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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
350 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Nikon P7700

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the P7700's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1800 ms vs 2700 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
53.0 vs 47.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 2 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Color depth
Better color depth
21.1 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The P7700's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
191 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The P7700 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$516.88 vs $974.90
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The best price we've seen is $458 cheaper (around 50% less)
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G12350 shots
              P7700330 shots
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G12$974.90
              P7700$516.88
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12380 ms
              P7700421 ms
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G12None
              P77006,400 ISO
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G122700 ms
              P77001800 ms
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12161 ISO
              P7700191 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1220.4 bits
              P770021.1 bits
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G125x
              P77007.1x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1247.0
              P770053.0

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              G121.0 cm
              P77002.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              G12401 g
              P7700392 g
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G123,200 ISO
              P77006,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G121/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              P77001/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $781

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $403

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $819

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              Nikon Coolpix P7700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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