Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot S120 vs Sony NEX-5R

Canon PowerShot S110 vs Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Canon PowerShot S110

60

Sony NEX-5N

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S110

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.6 bits
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S110. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.

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Advantages of the Canon S110

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
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
Size
Slightly smaller
99x59x27 mm vs 111x59x38 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.5"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 269 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$249.00 vs $456.79
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The best price we've seen is $208 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
77.0 vs 48.0
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More than 60% better image quality
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 3 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
235 ms vs 484 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 168 ISO
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The NEX-5N has excellent image quality 2.7 f-stops higher ISO than the S110
Battery life
Longer battery life
460 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
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
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Size Fairly small Help
              S11099x59x27 mm
              NEX-5N111x59x38 mm
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S1102300 ms
              NEX-5N1900 ms
              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

              $350 - $448

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Canon PowerShot S110 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              GPS Has a GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $239

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Pro digicam

              $279

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 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 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 A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 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

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