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Canon G16 vs Pentax E85

Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
62
Overall
47
Canon PowerShot G16 front
 
Pentax Optio E85 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25

Canon G16 vs Pentax E85 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
Pentax E85
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 32-96mm (F2.9-5.2) lens
  • 145g - 93 x 58 x 24mm
  • Revealed September 2009
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Canon G16 vs Pentax E85 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Canon G16 and Pentax E85, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Canon and Pentax. The resolution of the G16 (12MP) and the E85 (12MP) is pretty close but the G16 (1/1.7") and E85 (1/2.3") posses different sensor sizes.

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The G16 was introduced 4 years after the E85 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving into a complete comparison, here is a concise summary of how the G16 matches up against the E85 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G16 over the Pentax E85

 G16 E85 
RevealedNovember 2013September 2009Newer by 51 months
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kCrisper screen (+692k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax E85 over the Canon G16

 E85 G16 

Common features in the Canon G16 and Pentax E85

 G16 E85 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Canon G16 vs Pentax E85 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you should factor in its weight and size. The Canon G16 offers outer measurements of 109mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") with a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) whilst the Pentax E85 has specifications of 93mm x 58mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") along with a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the G16 versus the E85.

Canon G16 vs Pentax E85 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the G16 and E85 is 85 and 95 respectively.

Canon G16 vs Pentax E85 top view buttons comparison

Canon G16 vs Pentax E85 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to imagine the difference in sensor dimensions only by looking through technical specs. The pic here will help give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the G16 and E85.

As you can tell, both cameras come with the identical MP albeit different sensor dimensions. The G16 provides the bigger sensor which will make getting shallow depth of field simpler. The more modern G16 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon G16 vs Pentax E85 sensor size comparison

Canon G16 vs Pentax E85 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G16 vs Pentax E85 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G16
Portrait photography with Pentax E85
49
has manual focus
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
supports face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon G16
Street photography with Pentax E85
58
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than competition (356g)
47
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon G16
Sports photography with Pentax E85
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
good battery life (360 CIPA)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
17
slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon G16
Travel photography with Pentax E85
64
good battery life (360 CIPA)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
heavier than competition (356 grams)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
51
flash built-in
no Timelapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (32mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon G16
Landscape photography with Pentax E85
58
has manual focus
decently wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (360 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
23
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (32mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G16 Vlogging advice
Pentax E85 Vlogging advice
33
decently wide (28mm)
good maximum aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of mic jack
heavier than competition (356 grams)
22
wide angle not good (32mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.9)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
no microphone socket
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Canon G16 vs Pentax E85 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G16 and Pentax E85
 Canon PowerShot G16Pentax Optio E85
General Information
Brand Canon Pentax
Model Canon PowerShot G16 Pentax Optio E85
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-11-25 2009-09-17
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 32-96mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture f/1.8-2.8 f/2.9-5.2
Macro focus range 1cm 10cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 922 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech TFT PureColor II G LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Viewfinder coverage 80% -
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 2 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.00 m 3.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain -
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/2000 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356 gr (0.78 lbs) 145 gr (0.32 lbs)
Physical dimensions 109 x 76 x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") 93 x 58 x 24mm (3.7" 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 D-LI95
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $499 $0