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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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
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
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
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 Common Weaknesses
Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
Better editing
External flash Each supports an 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
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
G5:1.5 fps
D5100:4 fps
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

No significant shared competitors found.

Canon PowerShot G5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Casio Exilim EX-S500

Casio Exilim EX-S500

Ultra compact

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Size Significantly smaller
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Macro focus Much worse macro capability
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$343

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
External flash No external flash support
Viewfinder No viewfinder
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Canon PowerShot G6

Pro digicam

Screen size Larger screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Thickness Slightly thicker
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$629

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$648 with 14-42mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Size Slightly larger

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Size Slightly smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $749 body only

$550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$747 with 18-55mm lens

3D Takes 3D photos
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Battery life Shorter battery life
Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$392 - $430 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 D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$636 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Lowest price More expensive

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