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

75

Sony Alpha NEX-5

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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

$500

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Pro digicam

$548 - $679

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
External flash No external flash support
Fujifilm Finepix X10

Fujifilm Finepix X10

Pro digicam

$750

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Wider aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$776 - $798 body only

$839 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Focus points Many more focus points
Size Larger
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $448 body only

$500 - $548 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly larger
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$373 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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