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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor size
Large sensor
Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
312 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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 10.1 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
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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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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
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
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
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 312 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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
Weight Lighter 264 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.8 fps vs 2 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $149.99 vs $829.42
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The best price we've seen is $679 cheaper (5.5x 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 Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              DMC-GF3:20.6 bits
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              DMC-GF3:10.1 EV
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12:380 ms
              DMC-GF3:312 ms
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              DMC-GF3:50.0
              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

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $400

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              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

              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

              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

              $550

              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

              $714

              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-GF3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 body only

              $299 - $799 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

              $348 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $428 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $488 body only

              $570 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 - $509 with 14-42mm lens

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

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