Updated (August 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon Coolpix P7100

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon Coolpix P7100

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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
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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P7100.

competitors

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$379

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15

Pro digicam

$485

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11

Pro digicam

$479

Battery life Much longer battery life
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
Supports 24p No 24p support

Nikon Coolpix P7100 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Pro digicam

$379

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Pro digicam

$358

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Size Slightly larger
Nikon Coolpix P7700

Nikon Coolpix P7700

Pro digicam

$419

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
3D Takes 3D photos
Shutter lag More shutter lag

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]?