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CanonPowerShot G16 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 113 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (84)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (78)
  • Compact (65)
  • Good in low light (64)
  • Good image quality (56)
  • Large clear LCD (54)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (13)
  • Poor flash (3)
  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (77)
  • Family photos (67)
  • Low light (46)
  • Landscape/scenery (32)
  • Video (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (46), Semi-pro photographer (26), Casual photographer (16), Pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (92), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Point & Shoot

I was looking for a camera that would give me good image quality without the size and bulk of my DSLR. I was also hoping for good low-light performance. I have purchased several Point...Read complete review

I was looking for a camera that would give me good image quality without the size and bulk of my DSLR. I was also hoping for good low-light performance. I have purchased several Point & Shoot cameras and been disappointed with all. I prefer to capture in RAW mode so I can adjust the development of the image. The G16 affords me just that.
I took the camera with a group viewing the inside of an old historic building this weekend, I found at a 1x zoom I had excellent low light performance and could get an ISO of 80 in Aperture priority. However increasing to 5x quickly brought me to 3200 ISO and a noisy photo.
That is very likely a harsh and unfair judgement as the lighting was really bad and bottom line to keep a tolerable shutter speed a higher ISO was required. My friend with a Full Frame had the same experience. I did under expose the photo a few times which brought about a slow shutter speed. This required bracing the camera against a solid object to get a picture. This worked well and I got several good photos in a rather dark room without flash (not allowed) this way.
I found the View Finder difficult to use, but using the screen on back I could see the photo and all the necessary information required to create a great shot, this provided a very ergonomic picture taking experience, I would say I prefer it over my DSLR. Yes it can be done the same with my DSLR but the camera is too heavy to make it comfortable.
The image quality is easily as good as my DSLR. The f1.8 to f2.8 lens makes it a very good low light camera and an excellent outdoor camera. I intend to use it as my general walk around camera. I believe street photography may be calling me.
Overall I believe I will be using this camera as much as my DSLR.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The downsides

Bought this camera as a complement to my SLR based on feature set and noticed the following:

Pros:
Practically no shutter lag
AF works well on first image and in...Read complete review

Bought this camera as a complement to my SLR based on feature set and noticed the following:

Pros:
Practically no shutter lag
AF works well on first image and in low light
Good control over AF zones
Large aperture - good in low light
Battery lasts reasonably long
Good image quality despite moderate resolution
Intuitive UI (via screen)

Cons:
Autofocus during continuous shooting is garbage - 80% of photos taken with Continuous AF are blurry (BIGGEST issue I've seen in stark contrast with what Canon may make you believe the camera can do - admittedly G16 does not use phase contrast focusing)
Ergonomics could be better - primary issue is dial on back: registers click instead of turn half of the times
Retracted lens protected by flimsy baffles, no lens cap
Environmental sealing could be better
Can be stopped down to f/8 only (to be fair this is not bad for a P&S camera)
Some awkward limitations on setting ISO and/or aperture in portrait and HDR modes

Great camera if you don't need Continuous AF (Canon needs to improve this) and you don't get frustrated with the dial in the back. In my experience not useful for shooting series of photos of moving subjects.

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2.0

Viewfinder Limited & Menu Tedious

By Kelsey Haze

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Menu Tedious
    • Viewfinder Limited

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

      I got this camera a week ago so I have very limited experience taking photos with it. One of the main reasons that I bought it was that it was a point and shoot with a viewfinder. I immediately discovered that the viewfinder is very limited. Here's why:
      1. When zoomed in, the lens becomes visible in the viewfinder.
      2. The viewfinder does not show camera settings like the LCD display does.
      3. The viewfinder does not display photos in playback mode like the LCD screen does.

      I live out west where the sun is very bright most of the time making it difficult to see the LCD display.

      The menu is also tedious. When you change a setting, you have to scroll through the entire menu to find and change a setting. Then when you want to change that setting back to what it was before, you have to scroll through the entire menu again. In other words, the menu does not go back to where you left off the last time. I will mostly likely return this camera.

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      5.0

      LOVE THIS CAMERA

      By Customer

      from New Jersey

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

      Sturdy. Great Features. Best quality image. I have been searching for a long time for a great camera and I found a winner!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Canon G16 achieves all expectations

      By Photographer Bob

      from Milwaukee, WI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

        As I persue more frequent photography outings, I wanted a pocket camera to compliment my DSLR, this camera provides it completely. It includes many of the settings normal found on DSLRs but in a compact version with exceptionally sharp photographs. Unlike many small cameras, it has a viewfinder for use outdoors especially during bright sunny days.

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        3.0

        Not quite what I expected

        By Melbourne

        from Melbourne, FL

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Build Quality Than G10
        • Less Intuitive Than G10
        • Not As Easy To Use

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Street photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

        As a happy user of the Canon Powershot G10, I was really looking forward to the G16 based upon faster lens, faster autofocus and better low light. I am not happy that the heavy duty build quality of the G10 has been lost to a lighter plastic build on the G16. I also find that the operation of the camera is less intuitive and I was frustrated to find out that there was only a quick reference guide included with the camera and you had to download an online pdf version to learn to use the intermediate and advanced features.

        I considered returning it but decided that I will likely adjust to it in the end and I am more likely to have this camera handy than a dslr for spontaneous shooting.

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        • No

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        5.0

        very good camera

        By b b

        from monsy n y

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

          Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

          fast

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          • No

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          5.0

          Nice point & shoot

          By RKB

          from Kentucky

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

            I ordered this after my Nikon P7100 was stolen. My first Canon, it is a nice camera. Takes sharp images...think I would rather have the P7100 though.

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            • No

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            5.0

            amazing

            By Moineauxphotos

            from Saint-Jean-de-Matha, Québec, Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

            It is amazing. I am surprise by all the things we can do with this little camera.
            The color are very good. I have a big reflex. I bought this one to carry with me. I use it mostly insidei. I am very satisfy

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            5.0

            Canon G16

            By Don the Photo Man

            from Surprise, AZ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Short Lag Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

              Loved my Canon G9 but wanted to upgrade. I purchased the Canon G1X primarily because of its large sensor. After a trip to the Grand Canyon I compared the photos with previous G9 photos. Seeing no real difference, even when zoomed in to the maximum, I returned the camera to B&H. Other reasons; larger and heavier than the G9, extra time to remove lens cover and flip the LCD screen. I purchased the Canon G16 instead. Love this camera! Love the size, weight, filters, etc., and the DIGIC 6 processor produces noticeably better photos than the G9. This is my "go to" camera for the next few years! My wife now has a new camera also...a Canon G9 with a live-in consultant!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Camera

              By JTDuckman

              from Sunland, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light

              Cons

              • A bit large

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

              Great camera and many features. I wish the CMOS sensor was larger, but regardless the photo quality is exceptional. This is a great addition to my Mark II 5D giving me a smaller alternative to lugging around my big camera. The camera is a bit larger than other Point and Shoot but I think it is well worth the extra size

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Camera!

              By Poppy

              from Roanoke, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lcd Screen Doesn't Tilt
              • Not A Touch Screen

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

              I already use a Canon Rebel XTi DSLR so I was hoping to stay in the Canon family. Got the G16 for my wife to use as a point-and-shoot. She loves it! She uses the automatic setting to take quick pictures and great video of the grandkids. It feels great and secure in your hand. This camera is so easy our 5 year old grandson walked around taking some great pictures at a birthday party recently! Pictures easily downloaded to my iMac using the same cable as my Canon DSLR. It is pricey - but very well made.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Canon kicks it out of the park!

              By Proud Palomino

              from Oregon

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

                I just received this camera but can tell already this will be my favorite "go to" camera! Nice and compact but high quality photos will make this perfect for my horseback trips and Harley rides. I love that it has manual controls in case I should see a beautiful waterfall to photograph and yet is fast enough to capture action and not miss a beat. The Wifi is also extremely handy and will allow me to post to social media right from my smart phone and tablet which will be great on trips. Very glad I purchased and it had come highly recommended from a long time friend who has been a long time Canon user. This is my first Canon as I have always shot Nikon.

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                4.0

                Excellent camera, very versatile

                By The Photographer

                from Washington State

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

                  I have been using this camera for several months and I have to say I really like it. The camera is great for: Portraits, Macro, Low lighting and pretty much any kind of shot in the 6.1-30.5mm (28-140mm in 35mm equivalent).
                  Good but not the best for landscapes, in my opinion 6.1mm (28mm in 35mm equivalent) can sometimes be a little narrow.

                  The good:
                  -Excellent picture quality
                  -Fast and accurate autofocus (using P, Tv, Av and M modes)
                  -Good in low lighting
                  -Great ergonomics, comfortable to grip
                  -Long lasting battery
                  -High definition screen
                  -Very versatile, works in the 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) range and also does macro
                  -Small but sometimes very useful viewfinder
                  -Light enough to carry with me anywhere I go (although it is not the lightest)

                  The bad:
                  -The camera in Auto mode focuses on anything but not in my subject. I switched it to P mode and the problem was solved, now I rarely use Auto mode.
                  -After a month of use the rubber door/gate that you open to connect the USB cable stopped closing with no reason. Now it is always open!
                  -It does not include the USB cable (it has to be purchased separately)

                  Because of the quality issue with the rubber door/gate mentioned above I give it 4 starts, otherwise it would have gotten 5.

                  I would buy this camera again and I would recommend it to a friend.

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                  5.0

                  Canon G Series still shines

                  By KAA

                  from Laconner, WA

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

                  I started out with. G5 for P&S convenience many years ago, switched to a G9 for the past 10 years, now onto the G16. They just keep getting better in every way. This one is an easier function interface, the shutter click is quieter, the grip could be a little better (G9 was more comfortable and secure feeling). Haven't interfaced with the web yet, main complaint is lack of carry along booklet for reference when remote or international. Overall, I love it.

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                  5.0

                  Good Deal

                  By Bigkahuna

                  from Richmond, VA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

                    I wanted a small compact camera that was versatile. The G16 fits the bill. Have only used it for a few days but it seems to be everything it was advertised to be. Very pleased with my purchase.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    A delightful little package

                    By Wawawai Kid

                    from Colton, WA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good battery life
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

                      We keep the G16 at the ready all the time to grab quick shots before the opportunity passes. We like the built-in lens cover because we don't have to fumble around, looking for a place to put a lens cap before we shoot.

                      Because it is compact and always at the ready, missed pictures are a thing of the past. The image quality cannot hope to compare with that of our DSLRs; but, it gets the shots our DSLRs miss!

                      The built-in level indicator is a terrific aid to shooting.

                      We bought a spare battery to have on hand; but, I don't think we'll ever need to use it. Battery life is that good!

                      I cannot think of a single bad thing to say about this little gem. It is a great little intermediate camera.

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                      4.0

                      Good optically and OK in low light

                      By GEG

                      from Santa Clarita, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • No Info In Optical Finder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

                      Used for parties, etc, where my DSLR is too bulky.

                      Better than my old G10 in low light.

                      The optical finder is very useful, except it doesn't show the focus point.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Very nice point and shoot camera

                      By wcraig

                      from Houston, Texas

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

                        I am a DLSR owner and bought this camera my wife as her old point and shoot is getting up in years. When I opened it up my first thought was "wow this baby is built like a brick Outhouse" instead of many that feel like you are holding the box that your bar of soap came in. It has enough dials and buttons to actually do creative photography without always diving into a bazillion menus to change basic items like shutter speed, ISO, or aperture. Nothing like trying to take a picture of an animal or pet running around and by the time you get through the menus the critter has died from old age. The pictures come out sharp and the colors very crisp. The image stabilization seems to do a good job so you don't always have to use the flash on indoor low light pictures. So far I am very impressed with this camera. I am giving it a 5 rating not that it is perfect, but I would put it in the top picks for a point and shoot camera.

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                        5.0

                        Best portable camera that can shoot raw

                        By Niehck

                        from New York

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

                        lightweight!! amazing image quality

                        battery life not so great

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Third one

                        By MC

                        from North Carolina

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

                        This is the third Canon G series cameras I've bought for our adult kids. Two have their first children and one has a real eye for photography. All love the camera and the results they can achieve with it.

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                        5.0

                        Just right!

                        By Patmac

                        from Denver, Colorado

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera:

                        This is a Christmas present for my wife (she picked it out after looking at it in a local store in Colorado) She wanted something not too big and not too small and that was high quality and easy to use. She loves it.

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                        • Yes

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