Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

44

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

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
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Tunnel
 

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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

differences

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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
47.0 vs 39.0
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More than 20% better image quality
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 10.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more 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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$304.50 vs $962.17
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The best price we've seen is $658 cheaper (3.2x less)
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
Weight
Lighter
265 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 350 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.9"
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More than 40% thinner
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              G12f/2.8
              DMC-LX3f/2.0
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G12350 shots
              DMC-LX3380 shots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              G121/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              DMC-LX31/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1211.2 EV
              DMC-LX310.8 EV
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12380 ms
              DMC-LX3770 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12161 ISO
              DMC-LX394 ISO
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G12None
              DMC-LX36,400 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1220.4 bits
              DMC-LX319.6 bits
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G122700 ms
              DMC-LX32300 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G122 fps
              DMC-LX32.5 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1247.0
              DMC-LX339.0
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 24fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G125x
              DMC-LX32.5x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12461k dots
              DMC-LX3460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $574

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $403

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $763

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $395

              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-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $398

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $770 - $898

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $2,299

              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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              Canon PowerShot G12 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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