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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
380 ms shutter lag
Macro focus
Great macro
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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 
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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
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
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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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $799.00 vs $1,027.49
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The best price we've seen is $228 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G12:$799.00
              DSC-HX30V:$1,027.49
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $369 - $499

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $548

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $315 - $400

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $376 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

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              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

              $511 - $549

              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

              $479

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $500

              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
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $448

              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

              $83 - $499

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $365

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $280 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $288

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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