Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

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Canon PowerShot G12

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Canon PowerShot G12

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Overall image quality
Great image quality
66.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Color depth
Great 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 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
 
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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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size Much larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
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
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)
Overall image quality Much 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.6 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
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
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
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
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
Size Smaller 101x58x35 mm vs 112x76x48 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 1 f-stop 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
Lowest price Cheaper $410.29 vs $499.97
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (around 20% less)
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
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              G12:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              DSC-RX100:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G12:$499.97
              DSC-RX100:$410.29
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G12:2700 ms
              DSC-RX100:2800 ms
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G12:5x
              DSC-RX100:3.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              G12:15s
              DSC-RX100:30s
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              G12:3,200 ISO
              DSC-RX100:6,400 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $362 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $499

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $527 - $549

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749 - $799

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $464

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $419 - $499

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $459

              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

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $358

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Nikon Coolpix P7100

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $480

              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 Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $368

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $619 - $648

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798 - $799

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Weight Heavier

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