Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Sony NEX-5R

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Image stabilization Image stabilization 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
Overall image quality Better image quality 77.0 vs 60.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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2.5x smaller
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 1 f-stop better
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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
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Around 40% larger sensor
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 2.6"
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More than 40% thinner
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        For that film look
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        920k dots
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        G1X:Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
        NEX-5N:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
        1900 ms startup delay

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448 - $499

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $300 body only

        $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Startup delay Has much less startup delay
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Pro digicam

        $499

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

        Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

        Boutique

        $799

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Canon PowerShot G15

        Canon PowerShot G15

        Pro digicam

        $399 - $499

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Fujifilm FinePix x20

        Fujifilm FinePix x20

        Pro digicam

        $499 - $598

        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Nikon Coolpix P7800

        Nikon Coolpix P7800

        Pro digicam

        $547

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

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $349 body only

        $498 - $520 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 NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 with 18-55mm 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 A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 - $649 body only

        $798 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $1,020 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        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?