Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

47

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

43

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the G12's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 320 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-HX30V's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 2 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
Zoom
More zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Size
Smaller
107x62x35 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$239.99 vs $829.42
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The best price we've seen is $589 cheaper (3.5x less)
Weight
Lighter
254 g vs 401 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.4" vs 1.9"
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Around 30% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              Common Weaknesses

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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $349

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              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
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $570

              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $55 - $348

              Screen size Much larger screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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