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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
Excerpt: This is a PowerShot offering which along with the Ixus brand are Canons two non DSLR offerings. This is one of the larger – small – units as such it is almost as large as some smaller DSLR units and it comes with a neck strap not a wrist strap.
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.
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.
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