Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Samsung TL500

Canon PowerShot G12

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Canon PowerShot G12

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
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
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung TL500

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
47.0 vs 40.0
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Around 20% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video but at a lower frame rate
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 240 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
20.4 bits vs 19.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
161 ISO vs 129 ISO
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The G12 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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Advantages of the Samsung TL500

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the TL500's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
114x63x29 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
320 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.9"
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Around 40% 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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G12:11.2 EV
              TL500:11.1 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G12:380 ms
              TL500:320 ms
              Weight Heavy Help
              G12:401 g
              TL500:386 g
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G12:161 ISO
              TL500:129 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G12:20.4 bits
              TL500:19.2 bits
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              G12:2 fps
              TL500:1.5 fps
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              G12:720p @ 24fps
              TL500:480p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G12:47.0
              TL500:40.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G12:5x
              TL500:3x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              G12:15s
              TL500:16s
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $570

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244 - $400

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $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 S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $593

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              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

              $520

              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

              $830

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $870

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Samsung TL500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung EX2F

              Samsung EX2F

              Pro digicam

              $569

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1

              Compact

              $487

              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

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