Updated (March 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon Coolpix P330

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon Coolpix P310

Canon PowerShot G12
Nikon Coolpix P310

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P310

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

Items often bought with the Canon G12 or Nikon P310

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G12

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Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
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
Battery life
Significantly 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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P310

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the P310's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 2 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
103×58×32 mm vs 112×76×48 mm
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2.1x smaller
Weight
Lighter
194 g vs 401 g
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2.1x lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$368.99 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (around 20% less)
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similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Zoom Poor zoom Help
G125x
P3104.2x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
G121.0 cm
P3102.0 cm
Common Weaknesses
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
G1210 MP
P3109.7 MP
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
GPS No built-in GPS Help
Missing geo-tagging
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
G122 fps
P3106 fps
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
G121/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
P3101/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Color depth Has slightly more color depth
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Focus points Has much fewer focus points
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$260

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Focus points Has much fewer focus points
Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900

Super zoom

$597

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$260

Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Focus points Has much fewer focus points
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

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
Focus points Has much fewer focus points
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$400

Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
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
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
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

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
Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$549

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

$289

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

Nikon Coolpix P310 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$350

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$249 - $297

Zoom More zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$328

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
GPS Has a GPS
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Shorter battery life
Samsung WB200F

Samsung WB200F

Travel zoom

$154

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840

Super zoom

$220 - $227

Battery life Much longer battery life
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Size Significantly larger

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