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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S110

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

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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
 
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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
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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
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 3 more bits of color
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 235 ms vs 484 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 9x 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
Low light performance Significantly 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
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 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
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 Common Weaknesses
        Touch screen Have touch screens Help
        Less buttons
        Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        For that film look
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
        S110:2300 ms
        NEX-5N:1900 ms

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498 - $548

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity

        Canon PowerShot S110 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $451

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

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $315 - $400

        Shutter lag Significantly 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

        $232

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

        Nikon Coolpix P330

        Pro digicam

        $257

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $338 - $398

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $508 body only

        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

        $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 Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $396 - $748 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

        $648 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
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $300 body only

        $298 with 18-55mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Overall image quality Worse image quality

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