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Canon PowerShot G16



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With a 12.1-million-pixel, back-illuminated sensor, Wi-Fi functionality and a new Digic 6 processor, does Canon’s new compact offer enough to rival other premium models? Read the Canon PowerShot G16 review...

Canon PowerShot G16 review – Our verdict

The feature set on the Canon PowerShot G16 is limited in comparison to the technology offered by other manufacturers. For example, the Wi-Fi facility still doesn’t feature wireless shooting and HDR offers no manual control. Also, many users will be disappointed that there’s an optical viewfinder but no articulated screen, touchscreen or EVF. However, if you overlook these limitations and concentrate on what is available from the G16 its performance is fantastic.

It is easy to use, quick to get to know, has fast processing and bundles of creative options. The Wi-Fi is one of the best I have used, connecting quickly and working perfectly. Furthermore, image quality is very good – unlike with some compact cameras there was no ISO threshold at which there was a sharp drop-off. Pairing the camera with the fast f/1.8-2.8 lens also helps in low-light conditions.

With Wi-Fi and geotagging available from a smartphone or tablet, this makes the G16 a great travel camera, but it is equally good for the enthusiast photographer wanting full manual control but with the ease of use of a compact.

Canon PowerShot G16 – Key features

Pop-up flash
A small pop-up flash is featured on the Canon PowerShot G16, housed inside the camera body. This has good coverage and adds a sufficient amount of light when required.

Filter thread
An adapter mount is featured at the base of the lens to allow accessories such as teleconverters, macro converts and macro ring lights to be fitted.

Movie record button
By default this button is used to record movies, although this can reassigned in the menu to suit the user.

Dioptre adjuster
A dioptre adjuster allows the optical viewfinder to be adjusted to the user’s eyesight.

The G16 features a NB-10L Li-Ion battery with a life of approximately 360 shots.

  • Video: (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60fps/30fps (HD) 1280 x 720 pixels, 30fps, (L) 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps.Star time-lapse movie (full HD) 15fps.Super-slow-motion movie (L) 640 x 480 pixels, 120fps (M) 320 x 240 pixels, 240fps
  • AF Assistance: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 8 presets, plus 2 custom
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compatible)
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical
  • Output Size: 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • LCD: 3in (7.5cm) PureColor II G LCD (TFT). Approx 922,000 dots
  • Max Flash Sync: Up to 1/4000sec
  • Sensor: 1/1.7in CMOS with 12.1 million effective pixels
  • Hotshoe: Yes
  • Weight: 356g (including battery and memory card)
  • Exposure Modes: Smart auto, hybrid auto, program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual, C1, C2, scene (7 modes) creative filters (10 modes) and movie
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery NB-10L
  • Lens: Canon 5x zoom lens, 6.1-30.5mm (28-140mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.8
  • File Format: JPEG, raw or raw + JPEG
  • AF array: 9 points, selected manually or automatically
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single, auto drive, continuous, continuous with AF, self-timer
  • Shutter Speeds: 250-1/4000sec (total range – varies by shooting mode)
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • RRP: £529
  • ISO: 80-12,800
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single AF, continuous AF, face detection
  • Dimensions: 108.8 x 75.9 x 40.3mm
  • Metering System: Evaluative, centreweighted average and spot (can be linked to the active AF point or face detection)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB, Wi-Fi, HDMI
  • Compression: Fine, Normal

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