Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

53

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
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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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
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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
21.2 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Size
Smaller
113x68x33 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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Around 40% smaller
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
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
$195.02 vs $829.42
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The best price we've seen is $634 cheaper (4.3x less)
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.2 fps vs 2 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
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
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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              DMC-GF2:506 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              DMC-GF2:3.2 fps
              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

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $340 - $348

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420

              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 - $1,227

              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

              $520

              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

              $830

              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

              $570

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $133 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $584 body only

              $614 with 14-45mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $570 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

              $348 body only

              $290 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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