Updated (January 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Olympus XZ-1

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Olympus XZ-1

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality
Better image quality
47.0 vs 34.0
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Around 40% better image quality
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 10.4 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Color depth
Better color depth
20.4 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
161 ISO vs 117 ISO
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The G12 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 2 fps
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3.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The XZ-1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
111×65×42 mm vs 112×76×48 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
275 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$206.00 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $243 cheaper (2.2x less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.7" vs 1.9"
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More than 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12161 ISO
              XZ-1117 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1211.2 EV
              XZ-110.4 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1220.4 bits
              XZ-118.8 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1247.0
              XZ-134.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12720p @ 24fps
              XZ-1720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G125x
              XZ-14x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G123,200 ISO
              XZ-16,400 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G122 fps
              XZ-17 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12461k dots
              XZ-1614k dots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G121/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              XZ-11/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $289

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $384

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot N100

              Canon PowerShot N100

              Pro digicam

              $250 - $349

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $192

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $259

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung TL500

              Samsung TL500

              Pro digicam

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

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