Updated (July, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic GX7

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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
Macro focus
Great macro
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

True resolution
High true resolution
16 MP
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
259 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.2 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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 310 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GX1

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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 55.0 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 Significantly higher true resolution 16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GX1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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 259 ms vs 380 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 703 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The DMC-GX1 has excellent image quality 2.1 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
Size Slightly smaller 116x68x39 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4.2 fps vs 2 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Color depth Better color depth 20.8 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Weight Lighter 318 g vs 401 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.5" vs 1.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $510.00 vs $628.88
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The best price we've seen is $119 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              G12:CCD
              DMC-GX1:LIVEMOS
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              DMC-GX1:20.8 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              DMC-GX1:10.6 EV
              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-GX1:55.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $674

              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

              $900

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $409

              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-GX1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic GX7

              Panasonic GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $745 - $809 body only

              $925 - $1,098 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Panasonic Lumix GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $510 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $431 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies

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