Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700

Canon PowerShot G12

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Canon PowerShot G12

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Nikon Coolpix P7100

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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
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
47.0 vs 41.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 10.7 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
20.4 bits vs 19.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
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Advantages of the Nikon P7100

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
281 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
Cheaper
$569.99 vs $829.42
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The best price we've seen is $259 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              350 shots
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G12:$829.42
              P7100:$569.99
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              P7100:10.7 EV
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G12:None
              P7100:6,400 ISO
              Weight Heavy Help
              G12:401 g
              P7100:395 g
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              P7100:165 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              P7100:19.4 bits
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              P7100:1.3 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12:380 ms
              P7100:281 ms
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12:720p @ 24fps
              P7100:720p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              P7100:41.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G12:5x
              P7100:7.1x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              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
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/2.8
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G12:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              P7100:1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $540

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $830

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $442

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $410

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $870

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker

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              Canon PowerShot G12 Nikon Coolpix P7100
              Canon PowerShot G12 Nikon Coolpix P7100

              discussion

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              Showing 11 comments

              Kpw (9:58 AM, July 01, 2012)
              Your comparison didn't mention the main advantage the P7100 has over the G12, a larger zoom. This is actually quite a significant difference, and the advantages you cite for the G12 are mostly pretty trivial.
               
              ??? (4:34 AM, June 23, 2012)
              nikon has 6400
               
              Julio (4:44 PM, March 29, 2012)
              I can not understand why don't speak about the 28-200 nikon zoom against the 140 from Canon. I use a Canon 5D but think this review in not fair enough.
               
              Wverge (0:23 PM, February 29, 2012)
              If you do a comparison of the G12 and P7100 at DPReview they give the Nikon the edge in image quality over the Canon for both JPEG and RAW.  Also, nothing was mentioned of the Nikon's superb 28-200 lens which is much better than the 28-140 of the Canon.  If you look at the Canons advantages they are minor.  The Nikons are major; higher resolution LCD screen that is larger, 60mm longer lens.  And the 30fps video is much better than 24fps.  This comparo has dropped the ball.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:31 PM, February 26, 2012)
              You're right, we'll get our P7100 specs updated to reflect that it has an external microphone jack, thanks.
               
              Saviore (6:11 AM, February 26, 2012)
              I haven't shot with either (researching to buy) but I was under the impression that the 7100 has an external microphone jack.
               
              Kendall (7:14 PM, February 21, 2012)
              Having shot both I can say the P7100 is more durable and has better features for the working photographer needing a carry-along camera. If you are using the Canon for pro video you need to rethink your position to start with. The Nikon is just plain and simple better.
               
              Normanwhk (7:11 AM, February 19, 2012)
              Why all reviewvers giving points for features never point out the G12 built-in flash offers only 3 steps of power setting vs 6 steps for the 7100.I use this feature a lot in full manual and sold the G12 when i discovered this weakness.
               
              Avatar for Steven Steven (11:41 PM, January 14, 2012)
              P7100 is newer just because it's the "fixed" version of the old and slow P7000. Same lens, same sensor.
               
              Sophomore (9:15 PM, December 19, 2011)
              The G12 actually has 3200 ISO.
              http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_g12#Overview 
               
              One800 (0:35 PM, October 15, 2011)
              The G12 is much older than the P7100. If a newer G model addresses shortcomings of the G12, then it'll be a clear winner, even at a higher price. Any sense of when Canon might roll out the G13 [or G14 if the company thinks its target audience is superstitious]?