Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon D3100

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

58

Nikon D3100

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Really small
Size
Mid size (112×76×48 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Thin
Thickness
1.9"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
279 ms shutter lag

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

competitors

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15

Pro digicam

$484

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$580

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$721

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

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$436 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$299 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$380 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Worse image quality

discussion

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