Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

40

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

36

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
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

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

Items often bought with the Canon G12 or Sony DSC-HX100v

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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
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
Weight
Lighter
401 g vs 577 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$449.00 vs $809.99
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The best price we've seen is $361 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 2 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
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
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G12350 shots
              DSC-HX100v410 shots
              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
              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

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              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 G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              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 G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428 - $448

              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

              $660

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Size Significantly smaller
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $370 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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