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

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5






Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
380 ms shutter lag
Great viewfinder

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Overall image quality
Great image quality
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


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.


Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors


Canon PowerShot G1X



Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam


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

Nikon Coolpix L310

Super zoom

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors


Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

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

Sony Alpha A5100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$448 body only

$548 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
External flash No external flash support

Sony NEX 7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay


PowerShot G12

Report a correction
Alpha NEX-5

Report a correction

Showing 3 comments

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