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

Color depth
Great color depth
22.5 bits
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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 G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$498 - $1,299

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10

Pro digicam

$800

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$550

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Supports 24p No 24p support

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 body only

$752 with 18-135mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$310 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$340 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

discussion

Canon PowerShot G12
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