Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 vs Canon PowerShot G12

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

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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
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
47.0 vs 39.0
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More than 20% better image quality
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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0.8 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
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 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX3's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Size
Smaller
109×60×27 mm vs 112×76×48 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
Battery life
Longer battery life
380 shots vs 350 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
2.5 fps vs 2 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$321.89 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $127 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G12350 shots
              DMC-LX3380 shots
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12380 ms
              DMC-LX3770 ms
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1211.2 EV
              DMC-LX310.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1220.4 bits
              DMC-LX319.6 bits
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G122 fps
              DMC-LX32.5 fps
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G122700 ms
              DMC-LX32300 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1247.0
              DMC-LX339.0
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12461k dots
              DMC-LX3460k dots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G121/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              DMC-LX31/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              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

              $589

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              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 G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $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
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $518

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              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

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              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
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $289

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Pro digicam

              $405

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,499

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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