Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

43

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Really small
Size
Mid size 112x76x48 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Thin
Thickness
1.9"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

differences

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 40.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Size
Significantly smaller
112x76x48 mm vs 124x82x92 mm
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2.3x smaller
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 10.9 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.9" vs 3.6"
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Around 50% thinner
Color depth
Better color depth
20.4 bits vs 19.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Weight
Lighter
401 g vs 528 g
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More than 20% lighter
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
161 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The G12 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
12 fps vs 2 fps
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6x faster continuous shooting
Zoom
More zoom
24x vs 5x
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More than 23x more zoom
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$309.05 vs $998.37
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The best price we've seen is $689 cheaper (3.2x less)
Battery life
Longer battery life
410 shots vs 350 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G12:350 shots
              DMC-FZ150:410 shots
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G12:Tunnel
              DMC-FZ150:Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              DMC-FZ150:10.9 EV
              Weight Heavy Help
              G12:401 g
              DMC-FZ150:528 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G12:None
              DMC-FZ150:6,400 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              DMC-FZ150:19.4 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              DMC-FZ150:132 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              DMC-FZ150:40.0
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $420

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $432 - $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $494

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $449 - $699

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $830

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $320 - $360

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $270 - $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $571

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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