Updated (January 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

44

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

37

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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Great macro
Macro focus
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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v.

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
Size
Significantly smaller
112×76×48 mm vs 122×87×93 mm
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2.4x smaller
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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.9" vs 3.7"
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Around 50% thinner
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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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
Weight
Lighter
401 g vs 577 g
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More than 30% lighter
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-HX100v

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Zoom
More zoom
30x vs 5x
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36x more zoom
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
Screen size
Larger screen
3" 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
Battery life
Longer battery life
410 shots vs 350 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
27 mm vs 28 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$502.70 vs $974.90
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The best price we've seen is $472 cheaper (around 50% less)
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
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G12350 shots
              DSC-HX100v410 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G12Tunnel
              DSC-HX100vDigital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G12$974.90
              DSC-HX100v$502.70
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              G1228 mm
              DSC-HX100v27 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              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
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $781

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $403

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $819

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $395 - $498

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $630

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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