Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Panasonic FX48 and Canon G12 side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Panasonic FX48 has external dimensions of 95 x 53 x 22 mm (3.74 x 2.09 x 0.87″) and weighs 150 g (0.33 lb / 5.29 oz) (including batteries). Canon G12 has external dimensions of 112 x 76 x 48 mm (4.41 x 2.99 x 1.89″) and weighs 401 g (0.88 lb / 14.14 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Panasonic FX48 and Canon G12. Panasonic FX48 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 17mm narrower, 23mm shorter and 26mm thinner than Canon G12.
Here is the back view size comparison of Panasonic FX48 and Canon G12.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Panasonic FX48 is significantly lighter (251g ) than the Canon G12 which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 (Lumix DMC-FX40) nor Canon PowerShot G12 provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Compact Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Canon G12's 2.8" LCD screen is slightly larger than Panasonic FX48's 2.5" screen.
Moreover, Canon G12 sports a Fully Articulated screen
which you can change the angle and position of the screen almost freely, making it possible to shoot from waist or over the head levels, and especially very useful for shooting selfies and video. On the other hand, Panasonic FX48 has a fixed type screen which provides almost no flexibility in shooting positions compared to G12.