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Canon 12.1MP PowerShot G16 Camera Review by PR

2014-04-08 05:10 | Source
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On August 24 2013, Canon announced 4 new PowerShot digital cameras: the PowerShot G16, PowerShot S120, PowerShot SX510 HS and PowerShot SX170 IS. These cameras feature advanced DIGIC imaging technology to deliver superb image quality in portable, compact digital camera bodies. In addition, all four models have the ability to achieve fast autofocusing speeds. The PowerShot G16 and S120 also feature the new Star mode to help users capture the brilliance of a starry night sky, while the new Background Defocus mode allows users to soften the background of their images for a portraiture look. For the connected photographer, the PowerShot G16, S120 and SX510 HS digital cameras come with built-in Wi-Fi that allows wireless transfer from the camera to social networking sites. Software no longer needs to be installed onto a user's computer, so all initial setup can be accomplished from the user's smart device or computer. 

The PowerShot G16 digital camera builds upon the success of the PowerShot G15. The first PowerShot in the G-series to come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi. The PowerShot G16 features a 28-140mm wide-angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8 - f/2.8, which helps while shooting in low-light conditions or for users who want to create a dramatic shallow depth-of-field with soft backgrounds. The G16 is equipped with Canon's HS System, which combines a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor, allowing for enhanced low-light image quality. Succeeding the PowerShot S110, the PowerShot S120 features a sharp 24-120mm extra-wide angle lens with an aperture range of f/1.8-f/5.7. It is equipped with Canon's HS System, which combines a DIGIC 6 image processor and a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor allowing for enhanced low-light image quality. The advancements to Canon's AF system allow users to achieve significantly faster autofocusing speeds. The S120 allows for continuous capture of up to 12.1 frames per second at 12.1-megapixels. The camera also records 1080p/60p Full HD video and includes a built-in stereo microphone and convenient playback via HDMI output. The PowerShot G16 is available for an estimated retail price of $549.99. The PowerShot S120 is available for an estimated retail price of $449.99. Here's the summary of review by PhotoReview Australia, giving the camera a rating of 8.6 out of 10:

"Like previous G-series cameras, the G16 is a compact, feature-rich digicam with integrated raw file support. It provides one of the most comprehensive selections of external controls available, with four dials and a dozen buttons offering access to the most frequently-used settings. Without interchangeable lenses, the G-series cameras can't replace a DSLR or CSC. But if you don't want to lug a lot of equipment about, they're small and light enough to replace them in some situations. However, enthusiast users must be aware of (and able to work with) their limitations: small sensor, restricted focal length range and bias towards snapshooters' requirements (scene pre-sets, effects). Shooting raw files applies some significant restrictions. Raw files can only be captured in the P, Av, Tv and M shooting modes and functions like the dynamic range and shadow correction are disabled when the raw modes are selected. The various colour settings are also blocked, although these adjustments can be applied when processing the raw files in Digital Photo Professional, Canon's raw conversion software.

The G16 also applies some rather arbitrary restrictions to exposures, even for JPEGs. While the M mode supports exposures of up to 250 seconds (and the Tv mode up to 15 seconds), once exposures exceed 1.3 seconds the highest sensitivity available is ISO 3200 and shutter speeds longer than 30 seconds are restricted to ISO 80. This reduces flexibility for low light shooting. If you already own a G15 that's working well, there are few reasons to upgrade to the G16 unless you really want the Wi-Fi connectivity and/or the new Star shooting modes. The small improvements in autofocusing speed are not enough to justify a swap. But if you have one of the older G-series cameras, the new lens and higher sensor resolution would be a distinct advantage."

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Steve's Digicam - Mar 28 2014
"If you can live with the limited optical zoom, you're going to appreciate the strong image quality of the PowerShot G16. This is where the new image processor and the 1/1.7-inch CMOS image sensor pay off. It's also nice to have the ability to shoot in JPEG or RAW (or both formats at the same time), providing a lot of flexibility with how you want to handle..." More »
Not Rated
Imaging Resource - Jan 14 2014
"The Canon G16 is another excellent premium compact digital camera from the "Big C.", and while it's not leaps and bounds different from the G15, it brings a significant feature to the table: speed. Thanks to the updated DIGIC 6 image processor, the G16 is a speed demon with fast autofocus, excellent shot-to-shot performance, and stellar JPEG conti..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Review - Dec 04 2013
"For me, the most important considerations when assessing a camera's performance are image quality and the camera's ability to meet the user's needs. The G16 can be viewed as the culmination of a continuously refined single idea--to create a compact, self-contained, precision-engineered camera that functions like a P&S, but also provides lots of user con..." More »
90out of 100
Pocket-lint - Dec 03 2013
"Behind all this glass you'll find a 12.1-megapixel sensor, which might sound a little unambitious, but that's still more than enough for printing as an A3 canvas and leaves you plenty of spare capacity for cropping for online use. Besides, it's long been understood that sensors sporting fewer "pixels" - photosites, in reality, which translate into..." More »
100out of 100

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