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

Nikon D5100 vs Canon PowerShot G5

Nikon D5100
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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G5

Size
Really small
Standard size (121×74×70 mm)

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Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G5.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon G5

Size
Smaller
121×74×70 mm vs 127×97×79 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" 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
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture more than 3x more detail in your photos
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 slightly faster
4 fps vs 1.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 8 f-stops better
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
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
Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
Better editing
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
G5Tunnel
D5100Pentamirror
Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Weight Heavy Help
G5490 g
D5100560 g
Thickness Quite thick Help
G52.8"
D51003.1"
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$275 body only

$484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Canon Rebel T2i

Entry-level DSLR

$700 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
Autofocus Lacks autofocus

Canon PowerShot G5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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Canon PowerShot G3

Pro digicam

True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

Screen size Much larger screen
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Super zoom

$169

Screen size Much larger screen
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Aperture Much narrower aperture
External flash No external flash support
Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Travel zoom

$199

Screen size Much larger screen
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Aperture Much narrower aperture
External flash No external flash support
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Super zoom

$299 - $300

Screen size Much larger screen
Zoom Much more zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Size Larger

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$300 - $547 body only

$379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Size Slightly smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$413 - $497 body only

$489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Battery life Shorter battery life
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$677 body only

$477 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Larger screen
GPS Has a GPS
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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