Canon PowerShot G16 vs Canon PowerShot G9

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Canon PowerShot G16

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Canon PowerShot G9

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G16

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
314 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
360 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G9

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1500 ms startup delay
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G16

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the G16's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
54.0 vs 35.0
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More than 50% better image quality
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
28 mm vs 35 mm
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20% better wide angle
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
314 ms vs 570 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 10.1 EV
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3.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The G16's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1,024 x 768 @ 15fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
230 ISO vs 146 ISO
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The G16 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
21 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
250s vs 15s
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More than 16.5x longer exposures
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
360 shots vs 240 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$399.00 vs $869.99
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The best price we've seen is $471 cheaper (2.2x less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2500s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon G9

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Startup delay
Less startup delay
1500 ms vs 1800 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G16314 ms
              G9570 ms
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G16230 ISO
              G9146 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1621 bits
              G918.8 bits
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              G1628 mm
              G935 mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1654.0
              G935.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G165x
              G96x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1611.7 EV
              G910.1 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G161/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm
              G91/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality

              Canon PowerShot G16 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Canon PowerShot G9 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7

              Canon PowerShot G7

              Digicam

              $789

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $289

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Screen size Smaller screen

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