Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Nikon 1 V2

Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

55

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Nikon 1 V1

35

Nikon 1 V1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
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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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 11 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
60 fps vs 2 fps
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30x faster continuous shooting
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
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
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
97 ms vs 380 ms
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3.9x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1300 ms vs 2700 ms
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2.1x less delay when turning on
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 47.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor size
Larger sensor
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Weight
Lighter
294 g vs 401 g
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Around 30% lighter
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
346 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The V1 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
Lowest price
Cheaper
$490.00 vs $829.42
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The best price we've seen is $339 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.7" vs 1.9"
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Around 10% thinner
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
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G12:Tunnel
              V1:Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              V1:11 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              V1:21.3 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              V1:346 ISO
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              V1:54.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $645

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              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

              $449

              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 G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $540

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $830

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $570

              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 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $225 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $797 body only

              $499 - $799 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $333 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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