Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N

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Sony NEX-5N

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Canon PowerShot G12

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Canon PowerShot G12

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon G12

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Overall image quality Much better image quality 77.0 vs 47.0
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More than 60% better image quality
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
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 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 3.2 more bits of color
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 161 ISO
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The NEX-5N has excellent image quality 2.7 f-stops higher ISO than the G12
Startup delay Less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 2 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 235 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Battery life Longer battery life 460 shots vs 350 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 269 g vs 401 g
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More than 30% 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
        Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        For that film look
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
        G12:2700 ms
        NEX-5N:1900 ms
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $582 body only

        $598 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548

        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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot G15

        Canon PowerShot G15

        Pro digicam

        $390 - $410

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Canon PowerShot G16

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Pro digicam

        $499

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon PowerShot G1X

        Canon PowerShot G1X

        Boutique

        $549 - $610

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Canon PowerShot G10

        Canon PowerShot G10

        Pro digicam

        $899

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Screen size Larger screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon PowerShot G11

        Canon PowerShot G11

        Pro digicam

        $699

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $508 body only

        $1,035 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 - $548 body only

        $598 - $599 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-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $320 body only

        $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $494 - $748 body only

        $665 - $898 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 NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $749 body only

        $1,014 with 18-55mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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