Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G5 vs Nikon D5200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G5

Size
Really small
Standard size 121x74x70 mm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon G5

Size Smaller 121x74x70 mm vs 127x96x78 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight Lighter 490 g vs 560 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.8" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution Much higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture more than 3x more detail in your photos
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.2x5.3mm
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More than 9.5x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 4 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Viewfinder Has a through-the-lens viewfinder Pentamirror vs Tunnel
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Through-the-lens viewfinders let you see exactly what your photo will look like
Lowest price Cheaper $378.00 vs $649.00
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The best price we've seen is $271 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
Better editing
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
G5:Tunnel
D5100:Pentamirror
Weight Heavy Help
G5:490 g
D5100:560 g
Thickness Quite thick Help
G5:2.8"
D5100:3.1"
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$319 - $657 body only

$389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Size Is slightly larger
Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,164 body only

$761 with 18-55mm lens

Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

Canon PowerShot G5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448 - $580

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
External flash No external flash support
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Canon PowerShot SD750

Canon PowerShot SD750

Compact

$408

Screen size Much larger screen
Size Significantly smaller
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support
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Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60

Compact

$446

Screen size Much larger screen
Size Significantly smaller
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
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Canon PowerShot G6

Pro digicam

$349

Screen size Larger screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Thickness Slightly thicker
Canon PowerShot G7

Canon PowerShot G7

Digicam

$794

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$497 body only

$597 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Overall image quality Better image quality
Battery life Shorter battery life
Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $550 body only

$549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$747 body only

$629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

GPS Has a GPS
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Lowest price More expensive
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$680 - $700 body only

$489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Weight Lighter
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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