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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.7 EV
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $526.49 vs $889.99
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The best price we've seen is $364 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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
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
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
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
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 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
              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 Support 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

              $498

              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

              $322 body only

              $300 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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 Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 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

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $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

              $749 - $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

              $419 - $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
              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
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $515

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $995 - $1,072 with 16-50mm 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

              $348 body only

              $499 - $998 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $529 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $748 - $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

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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?