Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
85
Imaging
39
Features
62
Overall
48
Canon PowerShot G16 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
67
Overall
49

Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS 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
  • Announced November 2013
  • Previous Model is Canon G15
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Announced December 2012
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Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by manufacturers Canon and Olympus. The sensor resolution of the G16 (12MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) is fairly comparable and both cameras have the same sensor sizing (1/1.7").

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The G16 was released 12 months later than the XZ-2 iHS so they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a complete comparison, here is a short summation of how the G16 scores against the XZ-2 iHS in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon G16 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 G16 XZ-2 iHS 
AnnouncedNovember 2013December 2012More recent by 12 months
Display resolution922k920kSharper display (+2k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Canon G16

 XZ-2 iHS G16 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon G16 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 G16 XZ-2 iHS 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to lug around your camera frequently, you'll need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Canon G16 enjoys physical measurements of 109mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") and a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) while the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") along with a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the G16 against the XZ-2 iHS.

Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the G16 and XZ-2 iHS is 85 and 85 respectively.

Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor measurements only by seeing specifications. The photograph here will help provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the G16 and XZ-2 iHS.

To sum up, each of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the same resolution so you can expect comparable quality of images though you have to consider the age of the cameras into account. The more modern G16 provides a benefit in sensor innovation.

Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G16 Portrait photography factors
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography factors
50
you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
includes face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
46
has manual focus
comes with face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon G16 Street photography factors
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography factors
59
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than competitors in class (356 grams)
66
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
heavier than competition (346g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G16 Sports photography features
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography features
44
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
better than average battery pack (360 per charge)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
44
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking autofocus
great battery pack (340 CIPA)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G16 Travel photography factors
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography factors
64
better than average battery pack (360 per charge)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
heavier than competitors in class (356 grams)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
61
great battery pack (340 CIPA)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (346 grams)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G16 Landscape photography information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography information
59
you can focus manually
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (360 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
55
has manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
great battery pack (340 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G16 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Vlogging camera
33
rather wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
doesn't have mic port
heavier than competitors in class (356g)
36
reasonably wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic jack
does not contain selfie friendly screen
heavier than competition (346 grams)
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Canon G16 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G16 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Canon PowerShot G16Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Make Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot G16 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-11-25 2012-12-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 3968 x 2976
Highest native ISO 12800 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 35
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/1.8-2.8 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 4.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 922k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT PureColor II G LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder coverage 80 percent -
Features
Min shutter speed 15s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 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) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356g (0.78 lbs) 346g (0.76 lbs)
Physical dimensions 109 x 76 x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 54 49
DXO Color Depth score 21.0 20.4
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 11.3
DXO Low light score 230 216
Other
Battery life 360 photos 340 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NB-10L Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $499 $450