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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 – White balance and colour

Image: The monochrome scene mode can be set to standard, blue or sepia

Many of the photographs I shot with the G16 were taken using auto white balance, which I found accurate for most scenes. Like most cameras under tungsten light, the AWB setting is still a little too warm. The tungsten white balance in the G16 is accurate, although it is easier just to tweak the white balance compensation. By going into any of the white balance settings and selecting menu, it is possible to shift the colour between blue, green, red and magenta easily and quickly.

The usual white balance settings you would expect to find on a compact camera are present in the G16 plus a few extras. These include auto, cloudy, daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H, flash, custom1, custom2 and even a designated underwater setting. It’s a little disappointing not to see a custom Kelvin setting, although with the white balance compensation feature it may not be necessary.

In the PASM settings, a variety of different colour modes are available, including vivid, neutral, sepia, black and white positive film, lighter skin tone, darker skin tone, vivid blue, vivid green and vivid red, along with custom colour, which allows alteration of contrast, sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone. Also inside the scene modes are a few settings that alter colour. I particularly like the monochrome setting, which allows black & white, sepia and blue-toning.

  • 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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