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

Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony NEX 5N

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

87

Sony NEX-5N

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$700

Battery life Longer battery life
External flash Supports an external flash
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Travel zoom

$294

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$550

Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $498 body only

$500 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Startup delay Less startup delay
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Focus points More focus points
Battery life Shorter battery life

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