Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W

Canon PowerShot G16 front
Samsung HZ15W front

Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W 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
  • Replaced the Canon G15
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Revealed February 2009
  • Also referred to as WB550
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Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

Let's look more closely at the Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Samsung. The resolution of the G16 (12MP) and the HZ15W (12MP) is very similar but the G16 (1/1.7") and HZ15W (1/2.3") provide different sensor sizing.

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The G16 was announced 4 years after the HZ15W which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a in depth comparison, here is a quick summation of how the G16 scores vs the HZ15W with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon G16 over the Samsung HZ15W

 G16 HZ15W 
RevealedNovember 2013February 2009More modern by 58 months
Display resolution922k460kCrisper display (+462k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Canon G16

 HZ15W G16 

Common features in the Canon G16 and Samsung HZ15W

 G16 HZ15W 
Manual focus Very exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurement
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera, you should think about its weight and volume. The Canon G16 enjoys outside measurements of 109mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") and a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) and the Samsung HZ15W has sizing of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") along with a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are employing at the time. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the G16 versus the HZ15W.

Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the G16 and HZ15W is 85 and 90 respectively.

Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to picture the contrast between sensor sizes simply by reading a spec sheet. The image underneath will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the G16 and HZ15W.

As you can see, both of those cameras come with the identical MP but different sensor sizes. The G16 has got the larger sensor which should make achieving bokeh easier. The more recent G16 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G16
Portrait photography with Samsung HZ15W
you can focus manually
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
offers face detection focus
delivers RAW files
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
you can focus manually
supports face detection focus
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon G16 Street photography info
Samsung HZ15W Street photography info
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than competition (356 grams)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
more heavy than competitors (249g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon G16 Sports photography advice
Samsung HZ15W Sports photography advice
image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (360 per charge)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G16 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Travel photography camera
better than average battery life (360 CIPA)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
heavier than competition (356g)
low resolution (12MP)
does not have selfie friendly display
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
no Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors (249 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G16 Landscape photography details
Samsung HZ15W Landscape photography details
you can focus manually
fairly wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (360 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
low megapixels (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G16 Vlogging advice
Samsung HZ15W Vlogging advice
fairly wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not have selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic port
heavier than competition (356g)
reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external microphone port
more heavy than competitors (249g)
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Canon G16 vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G16 and Samsung HZ15W
 Canon PowerShot G16Samsung HZ15W
General Information
Make Canon Samsung
Model Canon PowerShot G16 Samsung HZ15W
Otherwise known as - WB550
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-11-25 2009-02-23
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 12800 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Max aperture f/1.8-2.8 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.9
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 922k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen tech TFT PureColor II G LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Viewfinder coverage 80 percent -
Slowest shutter speed 15s 16s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 12.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.00 m 4.70 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/2000s -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356 grams (0.78 pounds) 249 grams (0.55 pounds)
Physical dimensions 109 x 76 x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Battery life 360 shots -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-10L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at launch $499 $330