Updated (August 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700

Canon PowerShot G12 vs 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
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7100

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
281 ms shutter lag

Items often bought with the Canon G12 or Nikon P7100

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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
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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1 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
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
2 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 50% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Nikon P7100

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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
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
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
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
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$384.00 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $65 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              350 shots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12161 ISO
              P7100165 ISO
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G12None
              P71006,400 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1211.2 EV
              P710010.7 EV
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G122 fps
              P71001.3 fps
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1220.4 bits
              P710019.4 bits
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12380 ms
              P7100281 ms
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1247.0
              P710041.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12720p @ 24fps
              P7100720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G125x
              P71007.1x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              G121.0 cm
              P71002.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Weight Heavy Help
              G12401 g
              P7100395 g
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              f/2.8
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G121/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              P71001/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

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

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $289

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $375

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              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
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $485

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Olympus Tough TG-4

              Waterproof

              $330 - $379

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger

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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]?