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

50

Sony Alpha NEX-5

36

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
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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 SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Zoom Much more zoom
Size Significantly larger
Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15

Pro digicam

$423

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$522

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

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$207 body only

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $548 body only

$525 - $648 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly larger
Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX 7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$699 body only

$737 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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