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

Sony NEX-5N vs Canon PowerShot G12

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 3.2 more bits of color
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
235 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Low light performance
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
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$494.05 vs $959.64
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The best price we've seen is $466 cheaper (around 50% less)
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
              Supports 24p 24p support 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
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G122700 ms
              NEX-5N1900 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 A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $239 body only

              $348 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $566 - $599 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 G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399 - $699

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $574

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $869

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              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

              $349 body only

              $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 NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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