Updated (June 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

81

Canon PowerShot G12

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Large sensor
Sensor size
1" 13.2x8.8mm
Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-RX100 or Canon G12

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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
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
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
Slightly longer battery life
350 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
2700 ms vs 2800 ms
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX100's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
390 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The DSC-RX100 has excellent image quality: 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
66.0 vs 47.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the 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 size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Size
Smaller
102×58×36 mm vs 112×76×48 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-RX100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
213 g vs 401 g
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Around 50% 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$389.99 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $59 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G122700 ms
              DSC-RX1002800 ms
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G125x
              DSC-RX1003.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G123,200 ISO
              DSC-RX1006,400 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              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

              $299

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $389

              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
              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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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