Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix P7000 vs Canon PowerShot G12

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Nikon Coolpix P7000

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Canon PowerShot G12

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7000

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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 P7000.

competitors

Nikon Coolpix P7000 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$328

Aperture Much wider aperture
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Nikon Coolpix P6000

Nikon Coolpix P6000

Pro digicam

GPS Has a GPS
Aperture Slightly wider aperture
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-31MR

Travel zoom

$341

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$695

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000

Entry-level DSLR

$637 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Much longer battery life
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Super zoom

$530 - $849

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
Size Larger

discussion

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Kismat (1:33 PM, February 11, 2011)
Snapsort: I would agree with you. But I have decided to keep my Canon. A lot of reviews said that the menu of the Nikon P7000 is clunky and slow. I would like to point out that this is not true. Even with Firmware 1.0.

If your an open water diver you might want to consider the Canon for the more affordable water tight case (though its a cheaper case).

If you dont mind spending USD 500 on a good case for the Nikon then go for it. =) http://www.fantasea.com/

Also if you like taking self portraits then the G12 with the flip out screen will make that easier.


 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:36 PM, February 10, 2011)
Cool, nice work. It looks like the main difference is in one of the photos you're more zoomed in. Do you conclude anything from these two shots? They look very similar to me, I don't think I could pick a camera based on those. I think the second one (the Canon I believe) has a slightly bluer color cast to it.
 
Kismat (2:27 PM, February 10, 2011)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kismat/sets/72157626017923668/

I've set ISO 200 on both cams, I do see some differences in other settings but I judged given my current skill set I think I would not be able to set both cameras and match all settings to be equal.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (11:19 PM, February 09, 2011)
Cool, looking forward to seeing the shot!
 
Kismat (5:22 PM, February 09, 2011)
Oh thanks for telling me. Ill pass by the shop asap and take another shot at ISO 160. Provided I figure out how to change those settings.
To be honest I have no background in photography, but I do intend to educate myself, (Kindle to the rescue). Though Im a techy, when it comes to cameras, the only thing I understand is: Point at target, press button, voila picture taken. *grins*
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:11 PM, February 09, 2011)
Hi Kismat, awesome, thanks for sharing those sample photos!

The shots with the nikon look a bit noisy, a bit smudgy, they also look a bit desaturated, and under exposed. So, I'm trying to guess/figure out what could have caused those differences. I wouldn't have expected the differences to be so large.

So, I then looked at the EXIF data, and noticed that you used ISO 1600 for the shots with the Nikon, which is a really high ISO to be shooting with for a compact, but you used ISO 160 with the Canon. That might explain the differences. Any chance you can reshoot that shot with the Nikon at ISO 160? :)
 
Kismat (0:45 PM, February 09, 2011)
I went to a shop and shot 2 photos on each camera: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kismat/sets/72157626010547952/
Both Firmware 1.0, everything I could set to auto was set to auto.
Check out the pictures and judge for yourself, as Im a typical point n shooter, I got the Canon G12. Despite my unexplainable love for Nikon
 
Peter K Burian (4:58 PM, January 28, 2011)
I tested both cameras and the Canon G12 has a slight edge over the Nikon P7000 http://www.pixiq.com/article/review because of in-camera HDR, articulated LCD and greater responsiveness.

 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:06 PM, December 01, 2010)
We've got the image scores posted for the P7000 now!
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:17 AM, November 23, 2010)
Thom Hogan has a comparison of the P7000 and G12 (and LX5) here: http://bythom.com/compactHQ1.htm
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:00 AM, November 23, 2010)
Hopefully soon, we'll let you know once its out.
 
Hengkyliauw (1:08 PM, November 12, 2010)
When is the formal comparison coming out? I am not sure which one is the better Camera
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:20 PM, October 27, 2010)
Camera zoom easily goes up to 12x or 15x, and all the way to 30x, so 5 to 7 isn't a huge increase!
 
Donald (9:55 PM, October 23, 2010)
Zoom 7.1x vs. 5x reads: “*Slightly* more zoom” for you?!?
 
Avatar for Meerz Meerz (4:43 PM, September 30, 2010)
I have a Canon 550D, and I think the Nikon is better