Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Canon PowerShot G12

53

Sony Alpha NEX-5

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Tunnel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
22.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.2 EV
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G12.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$440

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$390

Overall image quality Better image quality
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15

Pro digicam

$444

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$887 with 16-50mm lens

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

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$378 body only

$448 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$350 with 16mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies

discussion

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Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:53 PM, July 08, 2012)
Hi Corrado, thanks for the feedback!

I think some of the confusion is coming from the "Reasons to consider" section.  These are not necessarily differences, just good things about the camera.  Yes both cameras have flip out screens and HDR, so these are not listed as advantages to either camera in the differences section.  Yes there are image stabilized lenses available for the NEX, like all DSLRs. 

You're right it is odd that the G12 gets recommended over the NEX, its because our scoring system gives a lot of points to the G12 for having a built in lens, which is unfair against the NEX, we're going to improve this soon hopefully.
 
Avatar for Corrado Casoni Corrado Casoni (1:21 PM, July 08, 2012)
You say that G12 is better because of:
* Image stabilization on lens. NEX also have lens image stabilization.
* Flip out screen. NEX also have it.
* In-camera-hdr. NEX also have it.
"Great Macro" and "Excellent viewfinder" seem much more important than:
Image quality: 69 vs 47
Movies at 1080p vs 720p
Double LCD res
Large sensor
Better resolution, dynamic range, ISO sensitivity, lower noise, 7fps vs 2fps, CMOS vs CCD...
...but same price !

No comment: unbelivable!
 
Avatar for bruce56 bruce56 (6:13 PM, January 26, 2012)
the Sony NEX cameras have image stabilization in the lens