Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 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-GF2

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
 
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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 10.3 EV
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0.9 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 300 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF2

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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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 1000 ms vs 2700 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
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
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 54.0 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
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 113x68x33 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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Around 40% smaller
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 506 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The DMC-GF2 has excellent image quality 1.7 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-GF2's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 337 ms vs 380 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.9"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight Lighter 310 g vs 401 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $149.00 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $650 cheaper (5.4x less)
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.2 fps vs 2 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
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
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              DMC-GF2:10.3 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              DMC-GF2:21.2 bits
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12:380 ms
              DMC-GF2:337 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              DMC-GF2:3.2 fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              DMC-GF2:506 ISO
              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-GF2:54.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12:461k dots
              DMC-GF2:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $975 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $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 G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $510 - $549

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              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

              $544

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $470

              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-GF2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $285 - $400 with 14-42mm lens

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $699 with 20mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $449 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $340 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $538 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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