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
Conclusion: Excellent image quality is assured though, and if you're looking for a good workhouse camera to carry around with you a lot, then it's a good bet. Take a look at the Canon S120 though if you need something a touch more pocket friendly – it features the same sensor.
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
18 December 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
Conclusion: While there’s no denying the Canon G16 is a pricey advanced compact, the combination of great build quality, stellar performance and fantastic image quality makes it one of the very best advanced compacts currently available.