Updated (July 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

34

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
293 ms shutter lag

Items often bought with the Canon G12 or Panasonic DMC-G3

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon G12

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
350 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
112×76×48 mm vs 115×84×47 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
293 ms vs 380 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.8 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 2 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Slightly lighter
336 g vs 401 g
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Around 20% lighter
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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G12Tunnel
              DMC-G3Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1211.2 EV
              DMC-G310.6 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1220.4 bits
              DMC-G321 bits
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12161 ISO
              DMC-G3667 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12461k dots
              DMC-G3460k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1247.0
              DMC-G356.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              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

              $440

              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 G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              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

              $289

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $368 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $748 - $749 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm X-T10

              Fujifilm X-T10

              Boutique

              $799 - $800

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

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