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Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78

Portability
83
Imaging
35
Features
50
Overall
41
Canon PowerShot G12 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78 Key Specs

Canon G12
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 401g - 112 x 76 x 48mm
  • Released January 2011
  • Earlier Model is Canon G11
  • Updated by Canon G15
Panasonic FX78
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
  • 142g - 100 x 55 x 21mm
  • Announced January 2011
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FX77
Photography Glossary

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78 Overview

Following is a extensive comparison of the Canon G12 and Panasonic FX78, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by companies Canon and Panasonic. The resolution of the G12 (10MP) and the FX78 (12MP) is fairly similar but the G12 (1/1.7") and FX78 (1/2.3") use different sensor measurements.

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The G12 was launched very close to the FX78 and they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise view of how the G12 matches up against the FX78 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Panasonic FX78

 G12 FX78 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution461k230kSharper display (+231k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Canon G12

 FX78 G12 
Display dimension3.5"2.8"Larger display (+0.7")
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon G12 and Panasonic FX78

 G12 FX78 
AnnouncedJanuary 2011January 2011Similar age

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry around your camera regularly, you'll need to take into account its weight and volume. The Canon G12 provides outer measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") having a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs) while the Panasonic FX78 has sizing of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have attached at the time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the G12 compared to the FX78.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G12 and FX78 is 83 and 95 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78 top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor sizes simply by reading specifications. The pic underneath may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the G12 and FX78.

Plainly, both the cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The G12 because of its larger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF simpler and the Panasonic FX78 will offer extra detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos somewhat more aggressively.

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78 sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G12 Portrait photography info
Panasonic FX78 Portrait photography info
47
has manual focus
high flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
has face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
21
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FX78 as a Street photography camera
64
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
sensor is small (1/1.7")
more heavy than others in class (401g)
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon G12 Sports photography features
Panasonic FX78 Sports photography features
34
image stabilization (Optical)
great battery pack (370 shots)
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
resolution not great (10MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect autofocus
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,400 seconds)
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery power (200 CIPA)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G12 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FX78 as a Travel photography camera
60
great battery pack (370 per charge)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
relatively wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than others in class (401g)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
56
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
bad battery power (200 per charge)
low MP (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G12 Landscape photography features
Panasonic FX78 Landscape photography features
49
has manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
nice screen size (2.8")
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (370 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
does not have Timelapse mode
36
really wide (24mm)
screen larger than average (3.5 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
manual mode not available
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
bad battery power (200 shots)
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 Vlogging details
Panasonic FX78 Vlogging details
60
relatively wide (28mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have microphone socket
more heavy than others in class (401 grams)
33
really wide (24mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have mic jack
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Canon G12 vs Panasonic FX78 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Panasonic FX78
 Canon PowerShot G12Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
General Information
Brand Name Canon Panasonic
Model type Canon PowerShot G12 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-FX77
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2011-01-19 2011-01-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 4 Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/2.5-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen size 2.8 inches 3.5 inches
Resolution of screen 461k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1400s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.00 m 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/2000s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 401 gr (0.88 lb) 142 gr (0.31 lb)
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 161 not tested
Other
Battery life 370 pictures 200 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-7L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $600 $210