PowerShot G16

PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16 Review

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Review posted 03/25/2014

Quick Take
Pros
  • New DIGIC 6 image processor creates high-performing camera
  • Autofocus works extremely quickly
  • G16 has almost no shutter lag and minimal shot to shot delays
  • Continuous shooting modes in JPEG are impressive
  • Very good image quality versus other fixed lens cameras
  • Can shoot in RAW or JPEG or both
  • Strong macro performance
  • Full HD video up to 60 frames per second
  • High quality f/1.8 lens
  • Plenty of manual control features
  • Easy to use in fully automatic mode
  • Optical viewfinder included
  • Solid construction and feel
  • Good battery life that can be extended by using the viewfinder to frame photos
Cons
  • Price is a little high
  • Optical zoom is limited to 5x
  • Camera body is a little chunky
  • No touch screen LCD
  • No articulated LCD
  • Wi-Fi is tricky to set up and use
  • Menu design could be better
  • Camera's burst mode performance slows noticeably in RAW mode
  • Very few movie control options
  • Optical viewfinder is very basic with no shooting information displayed
  • Can't match image quality of interchangeable lens cameras in the same price range
Bottom Line
Don't let the high price tag on the PowerShot G16 cause you to skip past this camera, even if you own the G15 already. The upgrade of the image processor inside the G16 gives it noticeably stronger performance speed and image quality versus its predecessor. The G16 is a little chunky and its small 5x optical zoom lens will disappoint some photographers, but this camera's performance speeds and image quality both are outstanding, as long as it fits in your budget. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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The Canon PowerShot G16 is the first G-series PowerShot camera to include built-in Wi-Fi, which allows the G16 to share photos and videos to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, and even via email. How? There are actually a three ways to use the Wi-Fi:

  1. Connect the G16 to a PC over a local Wi-Fi network. 
  2. Connect the G16 to the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album. 
  3. Connect the G16 to a smartphone or tablet running the Canon CameraWindow app (available for iOS and Android). This app also allows users to control the G16 remotely

Looking at the PowerShot G16's core features we see a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor, a DIGIC 6 image processor, a 5x optical zoom (28-140mm) lens with an f/1.8 - f/2.8 maximum aperture range, improved Auto Focus times, reduced shooting lag, continuous shooting speeds of up to 9.3 frames-per-second, and Full HD 1080/60p video recording.

With an f1.8 aperture, High Sensitivity image sensor, and the DIGIC 6 processor, the G16 should be quite good in lower lighting conditions. To take advantage of this, Canon has developed three new Star Modes:

  1. Star Nightscape, which captures a single landscape image of a starry night sky
  2. Star Trails, which captures multiple images of star trails and combines them into a single "luminous still image"
  3. Star Time Lapse Movie, which takes multiple still images over a long period of time, creating a movie with the stars moving across the sky.

The G16 might be a point-and-shoot digicam, but it has the look and feel and dials of Canon's more expensive EOS DSLR cameras. It even has HDR Scene Modes such as Natural, Art Bold, Art Embossed, Art Standard and Art Vivid options. HDR Photography combines multiple exposures for more saturated colors and enhanced details in light and dark exposures.

Canon PowerShot G16 Features:
  • 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor
  • 5x optical zoom lens
    • 28-140mm
    • f/1.8 - f/2.8 aperture
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 9.3 frames-per-second
  • Full HD 1080/60p video recording
  • Wi-Fi
  • Star Nightscape
  • Star Trails
  • Star Time Lapse Movie
  • HDR Scene Modes
    • Natural
    • Art
    • Bold
    • Art Embossed
    • Art Standard
    • Art Vivid

Canon's PowerShot G16 is available now with a MSRP of $499.99. See our lowest price button at the top right of this page to view the current online price.

What's in the box?:
  • Canon PowerShot G16 digital camera
  • NB-10L Lithium-ion battery pack
  • CB-2LC battery charger
  • NS-DC11 neck strap
  • Digital Camera Solution CD
  • Note: No USB cable is included

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