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

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
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
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
Much higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture more than 3x more detail in your photos
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
$359.95 vs $699.00
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The best price we've seen is $339 cheaper (around 50% 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 Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
G5:Tunnel
D5100:Pentamirror
Common Weaknesses
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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Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $550 body only

$549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Autofocus Lacks autofocus
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$599 - $750 body only

$597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Color depth Has slightly less color depth
Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D

Pro DSLR

$699 - $899 body only

$959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Weight Is significantly heavier

Canon PowerShot G5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$2,149 - $2,297 body only

$2,997 with 24-120mm lens

Screen size Much larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Significantly larger
Weight Significantly heavier
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Canon PowerShot G3

Pro digicam

True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
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Konica Minolta DiMAGE X60

Compact

$300

Screen size Much larger screen
Size Significantly smaller
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$829

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Canon PowerShot S3 IS

Super zoom

$319

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$309 - $527 body only

$389 - $447 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
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
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$439 - $497 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

$697 body only

$599 - $797 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

$430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Weight Lighter
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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