Canon G16 – some updates for this classic compact camera

by Enche Tjin on August 22, 2013

Canon has announced Canon Powershot G16 today. It has some improvements from Canon G15.

Canon G15 has new processor DIGIC 6, which enable faster shot to shot time and continuous shooting. G16 is able to shoot continuously up to 12.2 frame per second for 6 photos, then, it will slow down a bit to 9.3 frames per second. Canon also claim autofocus performance to be 50% faster.

Video recording also gets a boost to full HD 60p.

Following the trend, G16 include built-in WiFi that enable user to transfer their photos to other gadget or web via Canon special software.


By design, G16 is not much different than Canon G15. It still has optical viewfinder, two control dials, and plenty of other buttons including an S (Shortcut button). Canon omitted metering button and move S button to the right side.

Compared to other compact, Canon G16 is a taller and heavier. G16 is not a pocket camera, unless you have big pocket such as jacket pocket or cargo pocket.

It is suitable for street photography and traveling. Make sure you carry extra battery because it will only last about 360 shots.

For me, I think the price is relatively high. Canon wants $550 for this camera, which is $100 more expensive than G15. Competition is tough because with the price you can get camera with bigger image sensor or even an entry level DSLR cameras.

Canon G16 Main specification

  • Sensor 1/1.7” 12 MP
  • Lens 28-140mm f/1.8-2.8
  • ISO 80-12800
  • Macro 1 cm
  • LCD 3″, 921000 dots (non articulating)
  • Shutter speed: 15 seconds – 1/4000 second
  • Battery capacity:  360 photos
  • Dimension: 109 x 76 x 40 mm Weight: 356g
  • New feature: Star trails mode
  • Price: $550


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