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 121x74x70 mm

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
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
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 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 4 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$334.09 vs $699.00
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The best price we've seen is $365 cheaper (2.1x 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
Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
Better editing
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
G5:Tunnel
D5100:Pentamirror
Common Weaknesses
Thickness Quite thick Help
G5:2.8"
D5100:3.1"
Weight Heavy Help
G5:490 g
D5100:560 g
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$302 - $557 body only

$379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Size Is slightly larger
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$349 body only

$499 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

Canon PowerShot G5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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Canon PowerShot G6

Pro digicam

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

Canon PowerShot G7

Digicam

$790

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support
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Canon PowerShot G2

Pro digicam

$1,000

Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Macro focus Slightly worse macro capability
True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
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Canon PowerShot G3

Pro digicam

True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828

Pro digicam

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Size Much larger
Thickness Much thicker

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$547 body only

$499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution 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 - $539 body only

$579 - $599 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

$393 body only

$429 - $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 D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$233 body only

$379 with 18-55mm lens

Size Slightly smaller
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$697 body only

$797 with 18-55mm lens

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

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