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

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

49

Nikon D3100

39

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
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

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
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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 SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Travel zoom

$349

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Screen size Larger screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$417 - $499

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

Canon PowerShot G15

Pro digicam

$439

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

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$399 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$285 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$329 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality

discussion

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