Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs Canon PowerShot G12

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5


Canon PowerShot G12



Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
310 ms shutter lag
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Great viewfinder


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$278 - $398

3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Wider aperture
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam


Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly smaller
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100


$599 - $698

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G5 X

Canon PowerShot G5 X

Pro digicam


Sensor size Much larger sensor
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15

Pro digicam


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Lumix DMC-LX5

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Canon PowerShot G12
PowerShot G12

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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?