Canon’s Power shot finally made it to the stage and brought with it a pretty casual appeal. The camera looks just like the G15 and features major internal upgrades. This might seem like iteration from the company, but the tweaked upgrades are quite helpful to differentiate this camera from its predecessor. Here’s a quick take on this camera:
This camera happens to be one of the flagship point and shoot cameras from Canon. This point and shoot digital camera has plenty of features that have been aped from the G 15. Under the G15’s identical looking camera is a 12.1 pixel (backside illuminated) 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor that happens to be a minor upgrade. Secondly, this camera houses a new DIGIC VI processor. The DIGIC VI delivers a 50% increase in speed and increases productivity. What’s more exciting is the fact that this camera has the convenience of built-in Wi-Fi that sure sounds appealing. This camera has a bright F1.8-2.8 zoom lens. This camera help make the most of its low light capability, despite it also finding room to offer one of the broadest zoom ranges in its class.
Additionally, this camera has added 3 new scene modes. These modes have been created to suit the night and they include; Star Nightscape (long exposure), Star Trails, and Star Time Lapse Movie. Sadly, Canon still lags behind almost everyone with its mobile app. Though the G16's big add is Wi-Fi, the Canon app only supports image transfers and phone-based geo tagging, not remote shooting. Plus it's pretty clunky to use. That adds a slight disadvantage over the other competing cameras.
Design and Display:
The camera design and layout are nearly identical to its predecessor with only a few tweaks. The grip remains relatively shallow but serviceable, and the dial on it feels a little awkward to operate without scrunching your hand. The camera houses a rear fixed 3-inch 622-k dot LCD Screen. This camera measures 4.2 x 3 x 1.58 inches and carries a combined weight of 12.5 ounces. This camera befriends your jacket or the back pocket of your jeans. The camera has a mode dial plate on the top side. This dial has the usual PASM, auto as well as scene modes, movie mode and 2 custom setting slots, movie digest (2-to-4-second clips that are automatically strung together with stills) and Creative Filters modes. On its rear side, the camera has a movie record button that is placed a tad far from the thumb rest. Sadly, it gets a little difficult to engage the button due to its proximity. The AE lock, AF area, ISO sensitivity, and menu buttons surround the navigation dial, which contains a dedicated manual focus button, macro, flash, and display, as well as the Func Set button for pulling up frequently used shooting settings. It also houses a shortcut button for user-defined direct-access control.
Overall, there is a little trouble with the record button and the operation is a little annoying. For the most part, the interface operates cleanly; you can quickly dive down to more detailed adjustments straight from the quick-settings menu. This camera is overall a great upgrade from its predecessor.
Although there are just vague differences that the G 15 and G 16 have, the latter has an advantage over Wi-Fi. Overall, this is a great camera but not worthy of an upgrade if you are already using the G15.