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

Canon PowerShot S110

Winner
Canon PowerShot S110

65

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Sony NEX-5N

51

Sony NEX-5N

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S110

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
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
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Color depth
Great color depth
23.6 bits
 

differences

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
$179.00 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (more than 40% 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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
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
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
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 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
              Common Weaknesses
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              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

              $391 - $399

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

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              GPS Has a GPS
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $80

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $630 - $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 NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 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 Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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