Updated (July 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Canon PowerShot G12

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

43

Canon PowerShot G12

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

Items often bought with the Panasonic DMC-LX5 or Canon G12

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differences

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
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 41.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.8 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
$449.00 vs $588.95
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX5'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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 2 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
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
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
110×66×43 mm vs 112×76×48 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
Much 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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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
              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-LX5400 shots
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12161 ISO
              DMC-LX5132 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1211.2 EV
              DMC-LX510.8 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1220.4 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12380 ms
              DMC-LX5310 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G122700 ms
              DMC-LX52300 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1247.0
              DMC-LX541.0
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              G12720p @ 24fps
              DMC-LX5720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G125x
              DMC-LX53.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              G12None
              DMC-LX512,800 ISO
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G122 fps
              DMC-LX56 fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              G12461k dots
              DMC-LX5460k dots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G121/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              DMC-LX51/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              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
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $649 - $698

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 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
              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 G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $384

              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-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $322

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Placeholder

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $483

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $1,703

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price Much more expensive

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              Canon PowerShot G12 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              discussion

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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?