Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony NEX-5N

Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony NEX 5N

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

67

Sony NEX-5N

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Color depth
Great color depth
23.6 bits
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.

competitors

Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Pro digicam

$649

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

$442

Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000

Entry-level DSLR

$544 body only

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 body only

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Less startup delay
Lowest price Slightly cheaper
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$379 - $399 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
True resolution Higher true resolution
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Focus points More focus points
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

discussion

Canon Powershot S100
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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