Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
12,800 ISO
 

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
 
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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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
Overall image quality Better image quality 47.0 vs 41.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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 Slightly lower noise at high ISO 161 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The G12 has a slight edge (0.3 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
Lowest price Cheaper $509.00 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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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-LX5'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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 310 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Startup delay Less startup delay 2300 ms vs 2700 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 2 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 400 shots vs 350 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Size Slightly smaller 109x65x42 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 277 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.7" vs 1.9"
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More than 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G12:$509.00
              DMC-LX5:$599.00
              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-LX5:10.8 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              DMC-LX5:132 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12:380 ms
              DMC-LX5:310 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G12:2700 ms
              DMC-LX5:2300 ms
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              DMC-LX5:19.6 bits
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12:720p @ 24fps
              DMC-LX5:720p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              DMC-LX5:41.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G12:5x
              DMC-LX5:3.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G12:None
              DMC-LX5:12,800 ISO
              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-LX5:460k dots
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              DMC-LX5:6 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $370

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420 - $449

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $360 - $574

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $200 - $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
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $249

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              $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

              $429

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $329

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $999

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $975

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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              Tin (4:03 AM, January 06, 2012)
              I'm a makeup artist and a beauty blogger. For work, I take photos of the makeup I've done, usually up close. For blogging, I take photos of makeup products, also up close, and swatches. Which is best for me?
               
              Avatar for Steven Steven (4:30 PM, January 03, 2012)
              smaller - LX5
              wide-angle view for landscape (24mm vs 28mm) - LX5
              longer telephoto reach (140mm vs 90mm) - G12
              tilting LCD for shots from different angles - G12
              slightly longer battery life - LX5
              multi-aspect sensor (16:9 images are not just cropped versions of the 4:3) - LX5
               
              Tina33tina (3:31 PM, December 24, 2011)
              One question ... which is the best camera for travelers?
               
              Avatar for sue_a sue_a (8:15 PM, December 19, 2011)
              we have a dmc-lx3 and love it except that sometimes when we try to shoot a photo (especially if the flash is on) the camera doesn't take the picture and we have to keep pressing the button)  We didn't have this issue with the Canon G9 but aren't sure if this is a defect with the camera or if we'll have this same issue if we get the LX5.  Anyone else have this trouble?  We're mainly shooting kids.  We were deciding between the LX5 and the G12.  Suggestions? 
               
              Avatar for harvkr harvkr (6:29 PM, December 11, 2011)
              The g12 has a viewfinder. This is the most important difference between the cameras. To shoot with the Lumix you have to hold the camera at three quarters arms length not always easy to do when shooting kids. Also, there is the problem of outside sun glare on the screen. Sometimes you cannot see what you are shooting. In short, the G12 is more like a traditional camera it also has image stabilization does the lumix?  

              In most of the blogs I always here about the glare off of the screen in bright sun and because of it one can't take a picture.  Does not happen with the G12. 

              With the G12 you pick up the camera put it to your eye and shoot.  

               
              Rick F (9:41 AM, November 29, 2011)
              For taking photo's inside I think the wider zoom range of the LX5 would be of more benefit.
               
              woosh (0:16 AM, September 13, 2011)
              Lumix has the best macro option in this category
               
              Jenniferfsy (4:24 PM, September 07, 2011)
              which is the best to go Underwater ?
               
              360xin (9:38 AM, September 02, 2011)
              i think u should take lumix lx5. because it is easier to handle n have better forcusing
               
              cuyeclc (10:09 AM, July 13, 2011)
              I like both G12 & LX5 but can't decide! Help! I'm a teacher and I take indoor photos of children. So - which one takes better indoor image quality of highly active children!
               
              Phillaart (2:48 PM, January 24, 2011)
              I would like to know which one is better for take the jewelry. Thanks
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:04 PM, January 03, 2011)
              You're right, the G12 has got 5x zoom and the LX5 only 3.8x zoom, you can see that on the specs page. Definitely worth mentioning!
               
              sup (3:35 PM, January 01, 2011)
              zoom difference forgoten?