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

Canon PowerShot G12 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Canon PowerShot G12


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

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
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from


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

Canon PowerShot G1X



Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15

Pro digicam


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon PowerShot G11

Canon PowerShot G11

Pro digicam


Battery life Significantly longer battery life
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$667 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$437 body only

$379 - $399 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

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


Canon PowerShot G12
PowerShot G12

Report a correction
Sony Alpha NEX-5
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