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Canon G16 review

Canon's workhouse G series premium compact gets refreshed

Our Verdict

If you're looking for a good workhouse camera to carry around with you, then the Canon G16 a good bet. Take a look at the Canon S120 though if you need something a touch more pocket friendly – it features the same sensor.

For

  • Full manual control
  • Raw format shooting
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Against

  • No touchscreen
  • Limited flexibility with digital filters
  • Can't use Wi-Fi for remote shooting

JPEG

Canon Powershot G16

Full ISO 100 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 100 score: 20 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 200 score: 18 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 400 score: 18 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 800 score: 16 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 1600 score: 16 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 3200 score: 14 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 6400 score: 10 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 12800 score: 10 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Raw

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 100 score: 20 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 200 score: 18 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 400 score: 18 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 800 score: 18 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 1600 score: 16 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 3200 score: 16 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 6400 score: 12 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Canon Powershot G16

ISO 12800 score: 12 (Click here to see full resolution image.)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot G
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Wink Detection, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)314.7 g
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNB-10L
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I)
Height75.9 mm
Width108.7 mm
Depth40.4 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesG
Focal Length6.10 mm to 30.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsPCM
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelG16
Product NamePowerShot G16 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number8406B001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing InformationIncredible Imaging, Ready to Share
With performance and creative expression approaching that of an SLR camera, the new PowerShot G16 camera makes unlimited imaging not just portable, but now wireless, too! Built-in Wi-Fi® offers easy set-up and powerful capabilities: upload stills and video to Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube™ and Flickr®; send to email; share to tablets and smartphones; print wirelessly; and transfer to PCs. You'll be eager to share the spectacular images you create with the 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor. Together they create the Canon HS SYSTEM for significantly improved resolution in an expanded ISO range of 80-12800. Stunning 1080p/60p Full HD video is possible thanks to the DIGIC 6 Image Processor: vividly realistic and incredibly smooth. A 5x Optical Zoom offers excellent shooting versatility, and the bright f/1.8 lens performs brilliantly in low light. Continuous shooting with full resolution has been boosted up to EOS-caliber speeds, and High Speed AF puts images in focus almost the moment the camera is aimed, so you can freeze that perfect shot. Intelligent IS counteracts camera shake for clear shots in any situation. Shoot HDR photos without a tripod, and add dynamic new finishing effects. You can also capture breathtaking images of the nighttime sky with new star shooting modes. Enjoy pro-like advantages such as Multi aspect RAW, which lets you take control over the editing process, and compatibility with Canon Speedlite flashes and a variety of EOS System accessories.
Battery Life770 Shot
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker