Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Sony NEX-5R

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
250 ms shutter lag
 

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
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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 99x60x28 mm vs 111x59x38 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight Lighter 198 g vs 269 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.5"
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Around 30% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 77.0 vs 50.0
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More than 50% better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.9 more bits of color
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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Around 9x larger sensor
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The NEX-5N has excellent image quality 2.8 f-stops higher ISO than the S100
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 11.6 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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 2400 ms
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More than 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
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 235 ms vs 250 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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        similarities

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        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
        S100:2400 ms
        NEX-5N:1900 ms

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $479 - $598

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

        Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $220 - $249

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $451

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $328

        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Canon PowerShot S200

        Canon PowerShot S200

        Pro digicam

        $232 - $290

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Lowest price Slightly cheaper
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $225

        Size Slightly smaller
        Weight Lighter
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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        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

        $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

        $480 - $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 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
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen

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        rolltide3332 (2:17 AM, December 28, 2013)
        I cant understand the justification of picking the S100 just because of price, gps, and Records high-speed movies. It should not even be close. The Sony NEX 5n is lightyears better quality pictures. They are not even in the same class of camera. They shouldn't be close just because one is mirrorless and on is point and shoot. Could someone PLEASE tell me either that i'm completely ignorant and missing something, or there is blatant prejudice on the Sony.
         
        Patrizia Ferri (11:40 AM, February 27, 2012)
        aiutatemi vi prego ho appena acquistato la canon s100 ma ora penso che avrei fatto bene ha comprare la sony hx9v. Faccio in tempo a cambiarla oppure ho fatto la scelta giusta,lo zoom della canon sembra scarso mentre quello di sony è eccezzionale