Clicky

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21

Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
62
Overall
47
Canon PowerShot G16 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L21 front
Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
11
Overall
23

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21 Key Specs

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
  • Succeeded the Canon G15
Nikon L21
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-136mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 169g - 92 x 67 x 28mm
  • Announced February 2010
G100D by Panasonic Features USB-C and Stunning OLED EVF

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21 Overview

Here is a complete review of the Canon G16 and Nikon L21, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by brands Canon and Nikon. There exists a crucial gap among the resolutions of the G16 (12MP) and L21 (8MP) and the G16 (1/1.7") and L21 (1/2.3") come with different sensor dimensions.

NASA photographer chronicles decades-long effort constructing James Webb Space Telescope

The G16 was launched 3 years later than the L21 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the G16 scores against the L21 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

Australia's Largest Photography Festival to Feature AI-Generated Images for the First Time
	
	

Reasons to pick Canon G16 over the Nikon L21

 G16 L21 
AnnouncedNovember 2013February 2010Fresher by 47 months
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen sizing3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution922k230kCrisper screen (+692k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon L21 over the Canon G16

 L21 G16 

Common features in the Canon G16 and Nikon L21

 G16 L21 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Missing Touch screen

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry your camera regularly, you'll have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Canon G16 has got exterior dimensions of 109mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") along with a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) while the Nikon L21 has dimensions of 92mm x 67mm x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") with a weight of 169 grams (0.37 lbs).

Check the Canon G16 and Nikon L21 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you select at that time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the G16 against the L21.

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G16 and L21 is 85 and 93 respectively.

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21 top view buttons comparison

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be hard to imagine the contrast in sensor sizing simply by checking out specifications. The visual below will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the G16 and L21.

To sum up, each of these cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The G16 because of its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF less difficult and the Canon G16 will show extra detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop shots a little more aggressively. The younger G16 should have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21 sensor size comparison

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Is Apple's Latest 'Shot on iPhone' Video Deceptive?

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G16 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon L21 as a Portrait photography camera
49
you can focus manually
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
supports face detect focus
exports RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
19
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
low MP (8MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
Scarlett Johansson Stakes Legal Claim Over Her Digital Avatar

Street Comparison

Canon G16 Street photography information
Nikon L21 Street photography information
58
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than others (356g)
46
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
Hasselblad and Oppo Join Forces to Create Next-Level 'HyperTone' Camera

Sports Comparison

Canon G16 Sports photography advice
Nikon L21 Sports photography advice
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
great battery power (360 shots)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect auto focus
16
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low MP (8MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
Picsart Introduces AI-Powered Tools to Challenge Canva's Dominance

Travel Comparison

Canon G16 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon L21 as a Travel photography camera
64
great battery power (360 CIPA)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
heavier than others (356g)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
50
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse mode
low MP (8 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
Guns 'N' Roses Photographer Alleges Sexual Harassment and Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon G16
Landscape photography with Nikon L21
58
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (360 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
22
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.5 inches)
lack of manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
low MP (8 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
The highly-anticipated Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG DN OS Sports is finally here

Vlogging Comparison

Canon G16 Vlogging advice
Nikon L21 Vlogging advice
33
reasonably wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
lack of mic port
heavier than others (356g)
21
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
missing external mic support
Incredible Footage Reveals Eagle Attacking Drone in Mid-Flight Showdown

Canon G16 vs Nikon L21 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G16 and Nikon L21
 Canon PowerShot G16Nikon Coolpix L21
General Information
Make Canon Nikon
Model type Canon PowerShot G16 Nikon Coolpix L21
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2013-11-25 2010-02-03
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 6 Expeed C2
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 8MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 12800 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 64
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 38-136mm (3.6x)
Largest aperture f/1.8-2.8 f/3.1-6.7
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.5 inches
Display resolution 922 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT PureColor II G LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Viewfinder coverage 80% -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 12.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/2000s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 356g (0.78 lbs) 169g (0.37 lbs)
Dimensions 109 x 76 x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") 92 x 67 x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 54 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light rating 230 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 photos -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-10L 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $499 $180