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Canon G11 vs Canon G16

Portability
83
Imaging
34
Features
48
Overall
39
Canon PowerShot G11 front
 
Canon PowerShot G16 front
Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
62
Overall
47

Canon G11 vs Canon G16 Key Specs

Canon G11
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 375g - 112 x 76 x 48mm
  • Launched December 2009
  • Newer Model is Canon G12
Canon G16
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 356g - 109 x 76 x 40mm
  • Released November 2013
  • Superseded the Canon G15
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Canon G11 vs Canon G16 Overview

Let's take a closer look at the Canon G11 and Canon G16, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are designed by Canon. The image resolution of the G11 (10MP) and the G16 (12MP) is fairly comparable and they come with the same exact sensor sizing (1/1.7").

Photography Glossary

The G11 was announced 4 years before the G16 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a in depth comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the G11 grades vs the G16 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G11 over the Canon G16

 G11 G16 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Canon G16 over the Canon G11

 G16 G11 
ReleasedNovember 2013December 2009Newer by 48 months
Display sizing3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution922k461kCrisper display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Canon G11 and Canon G16

 G11 G16 
Manually focus More exact focus
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Canon G11 vs Canon G16 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and size. The Canon G11 features exterior dimensions of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") along with a weight of 375 grams (0.83 lbs) and the Canon G16 has specifications of 109mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") with a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs).

Compare the Canon G11 and Canon G16 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are using at that time. Following is the front view size comparison of the G11 versus the G16.

Canon G11 vs Canon G16 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the G11 and G16 is 83 and 85 respectively.

Canon G11 vs Canon G16 top view buttons comparison

Canon G11 vs Canon G16 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions only by going through a spec sheet. The image below will offer you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the G11 and G16.

As you can see, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You should anticipate the Canon G16 to show greater detail with its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will let you crop images far more aggressively. The more aged G11 will be behind in sensor tech.

Canon G11 vs Canon G16 sensor size comparison

Canon G11 vs Canon G16 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G11 vs Canon G16 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G11
Portrait photography with Canon G16
47
you can focus manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
includes face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
49
manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000 seconds)
provides face detection focus
saves RAW files
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon G11
Street photography with Canon G16
64
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
heavier than competition in class (375 grams)
58
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
heavier than average (356g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G11 as a Sports photography camera
Canon G16 as a Sports photography camera
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow fps (1.0 fps)
MP count low (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect autofocus
44
image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking autofocus
better than average battery (360 shots)
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G11 Travel photography details
Canon G16 Travel photography details
57
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (375g)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
64
better than average battery (360 per charge)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
heavier than average (356g)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon G11
Landscape photography with Canon G16
46
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (2.8 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
lack of Time Lapse mode
58
manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (360 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G11 Vlogging advice
Canon G16 Vlogging advice
60
reasonably wide (28mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of mic socket
heavier than competition in class (375 grams)
33
quite wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic jack
heavier than average (356g)
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Canon G11 vs Canon G16 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G11 and Canon G16
 Canon PowerShot G11Canon PowerShot G16
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot G11 Canon PowerShot G16
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-12-16 2013-11-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 Digic 6
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 4.8 4.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 2.8 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 461k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology - TFT PureColor II G LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage - 80 percent
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per second 12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m 7.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 375 gr (0.83 pounds) 356 gr (0.78 pounds)
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 109 x 76 x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 47 54
DXO Color Depth score 20.4 21.0
DXO Dynamic range score 11.1 11.7
DXO Low light score 169 230
Other
Battery life - 360 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NB-7L NB-10L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $600 $499