Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
380 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
 
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 380 ms vs 770 ms
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2x less delay when taking photos
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 47.0 vs 39.0
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More than 20% better image quality
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 161 ISO vs 94 ISO
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The G12 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.2 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 20.4 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX3's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Size Smaller 109x60x27 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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2.3x smaller
Startup delay Less startup delay 2300 ms vs 2700 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
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
Lowest price Much cheaper $329.00 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $470 cheaper (2.4x less)
Weight Lighter 265 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.9"
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More than 40% thinner
Battery life Longer battery life 380 shots vs 350 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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 pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G12:350 shots
              DMC-LX3:380 shots
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12:380 ms
              DMC-LX3:770 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              DMC-LX3:10.8 EV
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G12:None
              DMC-LX3:6,400 ISO
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              DMC-LX3:94 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G12:2700 ms
              DMC-LX3:2300 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              DMC-LX3:2.5 fps
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 24fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              DMC-LX3:39.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G12:5x
              DMC-LX3:2.5x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12:461k dots
              DMC-LX3:460k dots
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G12:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              DMC-LX3:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $479

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $729

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $400

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $587

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $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 G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $550

              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
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $1,102

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $898 - $899

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,289

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $1,120

              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $825 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

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