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Canon G16 review

Canon's workhouse G series premium compact gets refreshed

Canon G16 review

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The G16's automatic white balance does a good job of producing accurate colours in mixed lighting conditions, but metering has struggled slightly here, making the subject slightly underexposed.

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The G16's maximum aperture if f/1.8, making it ideal for use when shooting portrait images.

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Colours straight from the G16 are bright and punchy, with a good level of saturation and accuracy in subjects such as skies.

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At its widest point, the G16 offers an equivalent of 28mm, making it ideal for capturing a good variety of subjects. Canon's S120 goes slightly wider at 24mm, though.

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Here, despite the high-contrast nature of the scene, chromatic aberration isn't visible even when zooming in at 100%. There is a fractional amount of fringing, but it's not noticeable at normal printing and web sizes.

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The G16 features 5x optical zoom. Here's a picture shot at the widest point of the lens - 28mm equivalent.

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This image was shot at the telephoto end of the optic, which offers an equivalent of 140mm. Impressively, even at this far reach of the telephoto optic, the lens is still able to stop down to f/2.8.

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Canon's ZoomPlus technology is available to boost the zoom's capability up to 10x. Detail is retained impressively well here, making it a viable option if you do need that extra bit of reach.

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Standard digital zoom is also available, to push the zoom capability up to 20x. There's less detail here, but again, if you really need to get closer it's a nice option to have, especially if you're only sharing images online.

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The G16's macro focusing capability allows you to get very close to the subject to fill the frame with detail rich close-ups.

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The G16's f/1.8 aperture allows you to get creative with shallow depth of field effects.

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Shooting at mid-range apertures, such as f/8 allows us to determine the sharpness of the camera's lens. Here we can see that the image is reasonably sharp throughout the image, with some evidence of loss of detail in the corners when zooming at 100%. At normal printing and web sizes however, detail is kept well.

Digital filters

A number of digital filters are available to use on the G16, accessible via a dedicated mode.

Filters are as follows:

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HDR

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Nostalgic

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Fish-eye Effect

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Miniature Effect

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Toy Camera Effect (standard)

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Toy Camera Effect (warm)

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Toy Camera Effect (cool)

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Soft Focus

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Monochrome

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Super Vivid

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Poster Effect

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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
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