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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Color depth
Great color depth
23.6 bits
 
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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $255.00 vs $395.00
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 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 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
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.9 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
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 11.6 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance 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
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
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
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

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $528

              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $320 - $442

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249 - $349

              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 S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $348

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

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $300 - $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 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

              $499 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 Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $700 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 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $431 - $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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