Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

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Canon PowerShot G12

52

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10.

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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
Size
Smaller
112x76x48 mm vs 124x90x74 mm
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2x smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Thinner
1.9" vs 2.9"
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Around 40% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G10

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
52.0 vs 47.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Color depth
Better color depth
21.2 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
411 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The DMC-G10 has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-G10's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$599.90 vs $973.96
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The best price we've seen is $374 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G12Tunnel
              DMC-G10Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1211.2 EV
              DMC-G1010.1 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1220.4 bits
              DMC-G1021.2 bits
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12161 ISO
              DMC-G10411 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G122 fps
              DMC-G102.6 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1247.0
              DMC-G1052.0
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12461k dots
              DMC-G10460k dots
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12720p @ 24fps
              DMC-G10720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $242 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $360 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $260 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              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

              $765

              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

              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

              $797

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 body only

              $689 with 14-45mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Smaller
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $630 with 14-45mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $994

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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