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Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25

Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
62
Overall
47
Canon PowerShot G16 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25 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
  • Old Model is Canon G15
Panasonic FS25
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
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Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25 Overview

Here is a detailed assessment of the Canon G16 and Panasonic FS25, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the G16 (12MP) and the FS25 (12MP) is fairly well matched but the G16 (1/1.7") and FS25 (1/2.3") offer different sensor dimensions.

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The G16 was released 4 years later than the FS25 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a complete comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the G16 grades versus the FS25 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon G16 over the Panasonic FS25

 G16 FS25 
LaunchedNovember 2013January 2009Fresher by 59 months
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display resolution922k230kSharper display (+692k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FS25 over the Canon G16

 FS25 G16 

Common features in the Canon G16 and Panasonic FS25

 G16 FS25 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to carry your camera, you need to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon G16 comes with exterior measurements of 109mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) and the Panasonic FS25 has proportions of 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Here is a front view scale comparison of the G16 and the FS25.

Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the G16 and FS25 is 85 and 95 respectively.

Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25 top view buttons comparison

Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very hard to picture the gap between sensor sizing merely by checking specifications. The visual below will help give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the G16 and FS25.

To sum up, the two cameras have the same resolution but different sensor sizing. The G16 includes the larger sensor which is going to make obtaining shallow DOF less difficult. The newer G16 provides an edge in sensor technology.

Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25 sensor size comparison

Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G16 Portrait photography information
Panasonic FS25 Portrait photography information
49
manual focus
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
includes face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
26
offers face detect focusing
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon G16 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FS25 as a Street photography camera
58
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/1.7")
heavier than others in class (356 grams)
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon G16 Sports photography advice
Panasonic FS25 Sports photography advice
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
great battery life (360 shots)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
has no phase detect autofocus
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow fps (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon G16 Travel photography advice
Panasonic FS25 Travel photography advice
64
great battery life (360 shots)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
heavier than others in class (356g)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
51
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (29mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G16 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FS25 Landscape photography advice
58
manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (360 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
32
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (29mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G16 Vlogging details
Panasonic FS25 Vlogging details
33
rather wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
missing external mic socket
heavier than others in class (356 grams)
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
wide angle not good (29mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
missing mic socket
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Canon G16 vs Panasonic FS25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G16 and Panasonic FS25
 Canon PowerShot G16Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
General Information
Brand Name Canon Panasonic
Model Canon PowerShot G16 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-11-25 2009-01-27
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 6 -
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 area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 1600
Max enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 29-145mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/1.8-2.8 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 922k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT PureColor II G LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Viewfinder coverage 80 percent -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 12.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
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
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356 gr (0.78 pounds) 148 gr (0.33 pounds)
Physical dimensions 109 x 76 x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") 97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 54 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 230 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 shots -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-10L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $499 $230