• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 14.7 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G10 advantages over Sony DSC-G3

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Fast startup
    ~2.00 vs 2.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    14.7 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony DSC-G3 advantages over Canon G10

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    19 mm vs 45 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    198g vs 401g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Less shutter lag
    0.31 vs 0.57 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.6 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Olympus 1030 SW

Canon G10
Olympus 1030 SW
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Sony DSC-G3
Olympus 1030 SW
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon P6000

Canon G10
Nikon P6000
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Lighter weight
Sony DSC-G3
Nikon P6000
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus Tough-8000

Canon G10
Olympus Tough-8000
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Sony DSC-G3
Olympus Tough-8000
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon G11

Canon G10
Canon G11
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More pixels
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony DSC-G3
Canon G11
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manual focus
  • $577
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon P7000

Canon G10
Nikon P7000
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony DSC-G3
Nikon P7000
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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