Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony NEX-5N

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G11

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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Advantages of the Canon G11

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Battery life Much longer battery life 1000 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 540 ms vs 670 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $429.00 vs $498.00
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The best price we've seen is $69 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 69.0 vs 47.0
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Around 50% better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Startup delay Much less startup delay 1000 ms vs 2500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.1 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 8.5x larger sensor
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution Higher true resolution 14 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 1.1 fps
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Around 6.5x faster continuous shooting
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 796 ISO vs 169 ISO
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The NEX-5 has excellent image quality 2.2 f-stops higher ISO than the G11
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 112x76x48 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight Lighter 287 g vs 375 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.9"
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More than 20% thinner
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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G11:540 ms
              NEX-5:670 ms
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $509

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G11 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Screen size Larger screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420 - $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G9

              Canon PowerShot G9

              Pro digicam

              $664

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,052 body only

              $1,235 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $699 - $749 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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