Canon PowerShot G1X vs Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Canon PowerShot G1X

67

Sony NEX-5N

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Tunnel
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Color depth
Great color depth
23.6 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.7 EV
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

Items often bought with the Canon G1X or Sony NEX-5N

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
235 ms vs 697 ms
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3x less delay when taking photos
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
77.0 vs 60.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 117×81×65 mm
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2.5x smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
460 shots vs 250 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 644 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Weight
Lighter
269 g vs 492 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 2.6"
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More than 40% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.00 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (around 30% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              1900 ms startup delay
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 body only

              $381 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $483 - $649

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Super zoom

              $999

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $340 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 body only

              $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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              Zzeke (6:17 PM, February 06, 2012)
              This is comparing apples and oranges. You are rating the G1 X with its (nondetachable) zoom lens against the Sony body only. So the Canon gets over 50 extra points due to its lens scores. The Sony is readily available with E 18-55 mm a kit lens, and the most valid comparison would be with that version. Take away the lens scores, and the Sony easily beats the Canon on your comparison.

              However, the Sony is notorious for the loud clicking noise it imparts to video recordings (see youTube and Amazon reviews), which makes the camera undesirable for many users.
               
              Kn_97 (5:23 AM, February 03, 2012)
              That's what I want to know according to the points above.  
               
              Omerfarooq (6:07 PM, February 01, 2012)
              how G1X Won?