Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

33

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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

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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
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Battery life
Slightly 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 Panasonic DMC-GF3

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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
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Size
Smaller
107x67x32 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
50.0 vs 47.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
312 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
459 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The DMC-GF3 has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Weight
Lighter
264 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.8 fps vs 2 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$125.00 vs $994.24
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The best price we've seen is $869 cheaper (8x less)
Color depth
Better color depth
20.6 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GF3'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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G12:2700 ms
              DMC-GF3:1900 ms
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              DMC-GF3:459 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              DMC-GF3:3.8 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12:461k dots
              DMC-GF3:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $429 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              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 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 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 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
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $739

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $197 body only

              $300 with 14mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $547 - $550 body only

              $674 - $698 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

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