Updated (August 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon 1 J2

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon 1 J1

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

50

Nikon 1 J1

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

Items often bought with the Canon G12 or Nikon J1

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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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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 11 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 2 fps
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30x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
94 ms vs 380 ms
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4x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1400 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 47.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
Color depth
Better color depth
21.5 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Size
Smaller
106×61×30 mm vs 112×76×48 mm
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2.1x smaller
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.9"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Lighter
277 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
372 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The J1 has excellent image quality: 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/16000s vs 1/4000s
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4x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$263.50 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $186 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              G121/4000s
              J11/16000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1211.2 EV
              J111 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1220.4 bits
              J121.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12161 ISO
              J1372 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12461k dots
              J1460k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1247.0
              J156.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $389

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $149 with 11-2mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 body only

              $450 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger

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