Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

46

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

36

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11 fps
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon G12

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Significantly smaller
112x76x48 mm vs 124x81x95 mm
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2.3x smaller
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.9" vs 3.7"
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Around 50% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The G12's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
401 g vs 539 g
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Around 30% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100

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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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Zoom
More zoom
24x vs 5x
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More than 23x more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
11 fps vs 2 fps
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5.5x faster continuous shooting
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$319.95 vs $1,006.45
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The best price we've seen is $686 cheaper (3.1x less)
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
300 ms vs 380 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G12:Tunnel
              DMC-FZ100:Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              G12:401 g
              DMC-FZ100:539 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G12:None
              DMC-FZ100:6,400 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12:380 ms
              DMC-FZ100:300 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G12:3,200 ISO
              DMC-FZ100:1,600 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $432 - $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $494

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $449 - $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $830

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $322

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $399

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $795 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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