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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Macro focus
Great macro
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Sensor size
Large sensor
Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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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
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Overall image quality Better image quality 52.0 vs 47.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 18.0x13.5mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 5.5x larger sensor
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 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
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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price Cheaper $599.90 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $199 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G12:Tunnel
              DMC-G10:Digital
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              DMC-G10:10.1 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              DMC-G10:21.2 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              DMC-G10:411 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              DMC-G10:2.6 fps
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              DMC-G10:52.0
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12:720p @ 24fps
              DMC-G10:720p @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12:461k dots
              DMC-G10:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $528

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              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

              $479

              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-G10 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $587 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

              $450 - $509 with 14-42mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $650 body only

              $648 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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