Summary: While the Canon PowerShot G16 is better than the G15 and remains a nice enthusiast compact, its low-light photo quality disappoints for the money.
Pros: The Canon PowerShot G16 produces very good photos in bright light, and the fast lens, optical viewfinder, and relatively streamlined design make it nice to use. Plus, it finally delivers solid continuous shooting.
Cons: A mediocre Wi-Fi implementation, no articulated LCD, and lack of manual controls while shooting video are among the ways in which the G16 lags behind the competition. And other cameras deliver better photos in low light.
Canon PowerShot G16 review: Compact camera with DSLR-like controls
6 May 2014
Conclusion: The PowerShot G16 is a compact workhorse camera that’s hard to beat. It has a rock-solid build quality, a DSLR-like feature set, and great-looking picture quality. Gavin is a Macworld U.K. contributor who has written about digital photography since 1997 and was editor of a slew of photographic titles including Which Digital Camera. There is little about the subject Gavin doesn't know.
Pros: Almost as many features asa DSLR, Excellent build quality
Conclusion: The Canon G16, yes, the 16th iteration of the Canon G-series, comes from a powerful family of point-and-shoot cameras. Like the entire series, the G16 packs a punch while maintaining simplicity, value, and is packed with fancy features, many of which we didn't use. Additionally, we loved the portability of the G16, though it's not quite as small as the Sony RX100 II .
Summary: The PowerShot G16 is and always has been about giving enthusiasts what they want from a robust reliable, quality compact camera. Canon may not always have been sure, or at any rate consistent about what that is, but that doesn't seem to have harmed its popularity in the target market.
On the face of it, the G16 may not look like much of an upgrade over its predecessor.
Pros: Bright f1.8-2.8 stabilised optical zoom., Fast and accurate AF., Fast sustained 9.3fps continuous shooting., Built-in Wifi and GPS via a smartphone., 1080p60 HD video mode., Focus peaking., Innovative Star shooting modes.
Cons: Lacklustre optical viewfinder., No touch-screen. Not articulated either., Exposure compensation dial easily nudged., No panorama mode., No smartphone remote control over Wifi.
Conclusion: Although Canon has made some strides with the G16 – closing the spec gap with CSCs and DSLRs on paper – we can’t give it our strongest recommendation. At $550 it’s just too expensive for the level of quality it delivers. We suggest anyone looking for an enthusiast pocket zoom to take a serious look at the Sony RX100 II and spend the extra bucks ($749) or check out the less expensive RX100, which is the same price as the G16 but doesn’t have Wi-Fi.
Pros: Good photos and videos, Enhanced response (fps, focusing), Fast performance, Improved Wi-Fi implementation
Cons: Noisy at high ISOs, Expensive for the image quality you get
Summary: The feature set on the Canon PowerShot G16 is limited in comparison to the technology offered by other manufacturers. For example, the Wi-Fi facility still doesn't feature wireless shooting and HDR offers no manual control. Also, many users will be disappointed that there's an optical viewfinder but no articulated screen, touchscreen or EVF. However, if you overlook these limitations and concentrate on what is available from the G16 its performance is fantastic.
Excerpt: Perhaps you already own a Canon digital SLR but would prefer something a bit more portable that handles in a similar fashion? If you want to be able to change the lens in use, then your only option is the year-old EOS M. If however, you’d be happy with a high-end fixed lens camera then the new Canon PowerShot G16 , replacing the G15, is the one to go for.
High-end premium shooter resembles a compacted DSLR, with almost as many features
Only really what the G16 lacks, namely a tilting rear panel LCD. The price will be on the high side for anyone who doesn’t already own a DSLR that such an outlay could alternatively buy
A small camera with lots of functions and good versatility
Good Gear Guide.au
22 November 2013
Summary: Canon's PowerShot G16 is a solidly built compact that supplies good versatility thanks to its f/18 lens and fast overall performance. We suggest considering it if you want something with a fixed lens that can capture images in high detail.
Pros: Solid build quality, Small size, F/1.8 lens, Fast performance
Cons: Wi-Fi didn't always work properly for us, Screen isn't hinged, No EVF