Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Olympus XZ-1

Canon PowerShot G12

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Canon PowerShot G12

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Olympus XZ-1

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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 cm
 

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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
47.0 vs 34.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 10.4 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs 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
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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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
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 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 2 fps
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3.5x faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
110x64x42 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$298.24 vs $829.42
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The best price we've seen is $531 cheaper (2.8x less)
Weight
Lighter
275 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.7" vs 1.9"
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More than 10% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              XZ-1:10.4 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              XZ-1:117 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              XZ-1:18.8 bits
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12:720p @ 24fps
              XZ-1:720p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              XZ-1:34.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G12:5x
              XZ-1:4x

              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G12:3,200 ISO
              XZ-1:6,400 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12:461k dots
              XZ-1:614k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              XZ-1:7 fps
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G12:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              XZ-1:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              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

              $498 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $830

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $540

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $570

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $870

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $148

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

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