Canon PowerShot G16 vs Canon PowerShot G15

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Canon PowerShot G16

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Canon PowerShot G15

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G16

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1800 ms startup delay
Great battery life
Battery life
360 shots
Long exposures
Longest exposure
250 seconds
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G15

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
350 shots

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G15.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G16.

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot G15

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
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Get that real film feel
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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Advantages of the Canon G16

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 46.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
230 ISO vs 165 ISO
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The G16 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
21 bits vs 19.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
250s vs 15s
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More than 16.5x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$399.00 vs $777.92
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The best price we've seen is $379 cheaper (around 50% less)
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
360 shots vs 350 shots
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/1.8
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              922k dots
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              PowerShot G15350 shots
              G16360 shots
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              12 MP
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot G1511.5 EV
              G1611.7 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot G1519.9 bits
              G1621 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot G15165 ISO
              G16230 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot G1546.0
              G1654.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $406

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $985

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Canon PowerShot G15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $350 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot G16 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot G16.

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              Guy (0:26 AM, October 16, 2013)
              Basically the same camera. G16 has Wifi and a slightly faster auto-focus. It also can shoot at 12fps until the battery dies while the G15 can shoot at 10fps for 1 second. Also higher IQ video. To me, not worth the $100.