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

Canon PowerShot G1X vs Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Canon PowerShot G1X

72

Sony NEX-5N

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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

Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Color depth
Great color depth
23.6 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.7 EV

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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
Significantly better image quality
77.0 vs 60.0
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Around 30% better image quality
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.9 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
111x59x38 mm vs 117x81x65 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
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 1 f-stop 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
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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 Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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 Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              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
              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 Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $239 body only

              $295 with 18-55mm 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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              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

              $799

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

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              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 G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $962

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 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 NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 - $698 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-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay 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

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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?