Canon G16

Canon PowerShot G16 front
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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
  • Earlier Model is Canon G15
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon G16 summary

Canon G16 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera originally launched on November of 2013. It has got a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Canon launched this camera in an effort to replace the earlier Canon G15 (Read Full Comparison)

The G16 places at #6 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #471 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your customized requirements.

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Here is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Canon G16 family

The Canon G16 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can view all previous and brand new models as well as important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Canon-PowerShot-G15 front thumbnailCanon G15
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Canon G16 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Canon G16 based on features that are usually regarded as essential in a camera.

built-in flash
comes with HDMI out
delivers RAW formats
fast aperture at full zoom (f2.8)
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
good zoom range (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
great battery life (360 per charge)
great max aperture (f1.8)
great minimum ISO (80)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus
nice clear screen (922 k dots)
offers face detection focus
offers tracking autofocus
pretty good screen size (3")
quite wide (28mm)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not posses selfie friendly display
missing external microphone support
missing headphone support
more heavy than competitors (356 grams)
resolution not great (12MP)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Canon G16 Sensor specifications

The Canon G16 houses the Digic 6 chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Canon G16 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and provides a native ISO range of 80 - 12800. RAW format is supported which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the G16's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The G16 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.8 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon G16 dimensions

Canon G16 weighs about 0.78 lb (356 gr or 12.56 oz) and features external measurements of 109mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Canon G16 is more heavy compared with its competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Canon G16 next to a soda so you can have a feel for its scale.

Canon PowerShot G16 dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button layout on the G16.

Canon PowerShot G16 topview buttons dials

Canon G16 Lens specifications

The G16 features a built-in lens and a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not great but it is going to be valuable in a few circumstances.

At the widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f1.8 and that's fantastic in low light situations and getting good bokeh. It would also allow you to use a much lower ISO in order to get crisper files. Towards the tele end, 140mm comes to f2.8 making it very decent and means that you can have high shutter speeds.

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Canon G16 Connectivity

The G16 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and in some cases alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Canon G16 Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution in the Canon G16 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance for quality and file sizes but 1080p won't leave you with much room to downsample. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone port which means you get no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to look at an alternative camera in case you need good sound in your video clips.

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Canon G16 Weather Sealing

Canon G16 does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions could ruin the camera.

Canon G16 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon G16 has got a 3" fixed screen boasting a resolution of 922k dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

Canon PowerShot G16 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder details regarding Canon G16 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)
  • Coverage 80 percent

Viewfinders are very handy for bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Canon G16 Shutter specifications

Canon G16 continuous shooting speed is 12.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon G16 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon G16 has got both built-in flash and external flash support. The max flash sync speed is 1/2000 seconds.

Canon G16 Autofocusing specifications

Canon G16 has got just Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and precise compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which can be handy for portrait photography.

The AF system has got 9 focus points to select from. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Canon G16 supports manual focusing when required for low light situations or you require more precise focusing control.

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Canon G16 Battery life

The battery life (NB-10L) on the Canon G16 is fashioned to last for 360 clicks with respect to the CIPA requirements making it above average ın comparison with its category. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life for this class of cameras.

Here is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Canon G16 for various categories of photography

The following bar chart provides a outline of the Canon G16 for various categories of photography. To read more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Canon G16

The Canon G16 receives a rating of 48 which is reasonable, and means the camera is reasonably suited to use for portraits. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support along with the potential to utilize external flash.

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you can focus manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
provides face detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")

Canon G16 as a Street photography camera

With a moderate points tally of 58, the Canon G16 is relatively adequate for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
heavier than competitors (356g)

Canon G16 Sports photography info

A lousy sports photography points tally of 43 suggests the Canon G16 is not really good for photographing sports. A camera needs very good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking focus
better than average battery pack (360 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Canon G16

Weight is extremely critical when buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon G16 gets a very good 64 as a travel camera which is a fine fit for your vacations.

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great battery (360 shots)
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f1.8)
heavier than competition (356 grams)
resolution not great (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly

Canon G16 as a Landscape photography camera

When you are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Canon G16 and it's reasonable rating of 58 as a landscape camera is relatively adequate in the current marketplace.

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manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (360 shots)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")

Canon G16 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera should have a articulating display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering every thing, the Canon G16 is not really good as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy score of 33.

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fairly wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not feature selfie friendly display
no microphone port
more heavy than others (356 grams)

Canon G16 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the G16, here is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart followed below gives you an overview of the G16 vs it's highest scoring rivals listed earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To browse through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

Photography Glossary


General Information
Model type
Canon PowerShot G16
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 6
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
922k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display tech
TFT PureColor II G LCD
Viewfinder Information
Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage
80 percent
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
12.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
7.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
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)
Highest video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
356 grams (0.78 lbs)
Physical dimensions
109 x 76 x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6")
Battery life
360 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Card slots
Price at release