Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

52

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
293 ms shutter lag
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from

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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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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
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 47.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1400 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.8 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$319.89 vs $995.65
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The best price we've seen is $676 cheaper (3.1x less)
Weight
Lighter
336 g vs 401 g
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Around 20% lighter
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
              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
              G12:Tunnel
              DMC-G3:Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              DMC-G3:10.6 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              DMC-G3:21 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
              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $754

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $536 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              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 G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $494

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              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

              $399 - $529

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $491 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $519 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-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $795 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $533 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Smaller
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $686 body only

              $999 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

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