Canon PowerShot G16

Winner
Canon PowerShot G16

79

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Canon PowerShot G9

37

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
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1800 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G9

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

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)
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
54.0 vs 35.0
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More than 50% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
28 mm vs 35 mm
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20% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1024 x 768 @ 15fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
314 ms vs 570 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The G16's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
360 shots vs 240 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
250s vs 15s
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More than 16.5x longer exposures
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$449.00 vs $869.99
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The best price we've seen is $421 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              12 MP
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G16:$449.00
              G9:$869.99
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G16:314 ms
              G9:570 ms
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G16:230 ISO
              G9:146 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G16:21 bits
              G9:18.8 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              G16:28 mm
              G9:35 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G16:5x
              G9:6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G16:11.7 EV
              G9:10.1 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G16:1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
              G9:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G16:54.0
              G9:35.0

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              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
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              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot G9 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G10

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

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              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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