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Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200

Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
62
Overall
47
Canon PowerShot G16 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S5200 front
Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
26
Overall
34

Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200 Key Specs

Canon G16
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 356g - 109 x 76 x 40mm
  • Introduced November 2013
  • Superseded the Canon G15
Nikon S5200
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-156mm (F) lens
  • 146g - 98 x 58 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2013
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Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200 Overview

The following is a extensive assessment of the Canon G16 and Nikon S5200, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by companies Canon and Nikon. There exists a big gap between the resolutions of the G16 (12MP) and S5200 (16MP) and the G16 (1/1.7") and S5200 (1/2.3") possess different sensor size.

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The G16 was introduced 10 months after the S5200 which means that they are of a similar generation. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the G16 matches up against the S5200 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G16 over the Nikon S5200

 G16 S5200 
LaunchedNovember 2013January 2013Newer by 10 months
Focus manually More precise focus
Display resolution922k460kCrisper display (+462k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon S5200 over the Canon G16

 S5200 G16 

Common features in the Canon G16 and Nikon S5200

 G16 S5200 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you will want to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon G16 comes with outer measurements of 109mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") and a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) whilst the Nikon S5200 has measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") and a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilising at the time. Following is the front view size comparison of the G16 and the S5200.

Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G16 and S5200 is 85 and 95 respectively.

Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200 top view buttons comparison

Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to imagine the gap between sensor dimensions purely by reading through specs. The pic underneath might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the G16 and S5200.

All in all, both of the cameras have got different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The G16 using its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF simpler and the Nikon S5200 will resolve extra detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop photos much more aggressively. The newer G16 should have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200 sensor size comparison

Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G16
Portrait photography with Nikon S5200
49
has manual focus
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000 seconds)
features face detection focus
supports RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
30
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon G16 Street photography advice
Nikon S5200 Street photography advice
58
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition (356g)
48
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon G16 Sports photography details
Nikon S5200 Sports photography details
44
image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (360 per charge)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
no phase detect auto focus
28
decent megapixels (16MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (160 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon G16 Travel photography information
Nikon S5200 Travel photography information
64
better than average battery pack (360 shots)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
more heavy than competition (356g)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
68
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (26mm)
great max aperture (f)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery life (160 shots)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon G16
Landscape photography with Nikon S5200
58
has manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
better than average battery pack (360 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
42
rather wide (26mm)
great max aperture (f)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
decent megapixels (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
bad battery life (160 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G16 Vlogging details
Nikon S5200 Vlogging details
33
reasonably wide (28mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone jack
more heavy than competition (356 grams)
33
rather wide (26mm)
great max aperture (f)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
doesn't have mic support
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Canon G16 vs Nikon S5200 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G16 and Nikon S5200
 Canon PowerShot G16Nikon Coolpix S5200
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Model type Canon PowerShot G16 Nikon Coolpix S5200
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-11-25 2013-01-29
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 26-156mm (6.0x)
Max aperture f/1.8-2.8 -
Macro focusing distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 922k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT PureColor II G LCD TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Viewfinder coverage 80 percent -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain -
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/2000 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
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 356 gr (0.78 lb) 146 gr (0.32 lb)
Dimensions 109 x 76 x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") 98 x 58 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 photographs 160 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-10L EN-EL19
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) -
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch cost $499 $130