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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 10.6 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Longer battery life 350 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Size Slightly smaller 112x76x48 mm vs 115x84x47 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Better image quality 56.0 vs 47.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution Higher true resolution 15.8 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 5x larger sensor
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 293 ms vs 380 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 667 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The DMC-G3 has excellent image quality 2.1 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Color depth Better color depth 21 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 2 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 336 g vs 401 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $319.89 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $479 cheaper (2.5x less)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-G3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G12:Tunnel
              DMC-G3:Digital
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              DMC-G3:21 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              DMC-G3:10.6 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              DMC-G3:56.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12:461k dots
              DMC-G3:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              No significant shared competitors found.

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $500

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,098

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $439

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 body only

              $1,230 with 20mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 body only

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $150 body only

              $300 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $639 - $698 body only

              $746 - $748 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Weight Heavier

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