Canon PowerShot G16 vs Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

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Canon PowerShot G16

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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

27

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G16

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1800 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G16.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS.

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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)
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
28 mm vs 36 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 172k dots
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Around 5.5x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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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 530 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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
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
Battery life
Much longer battery life
360 shots vs 140 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 7.5x faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
12 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
250s vs 15s
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More than 16.5x longer exposures
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1800 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.6" vs 1.9"
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More than 10% thinner
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 SX100 IS

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Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.00 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $200 cheaper (2x less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
316 g vs 356 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              G16f/1.8
              SX100 ISf/2.8
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G161800 ms
              SX100 IS1900 ms
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G16314 ms
              SX100 IS530 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              G1628 mm
              SX100 IS36 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G165x
              SX100 IS10x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay

              Canon PowerShot G16 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $546 - $649

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $421 - $476

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Canon PowerShot SX100 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Q10

              Pentax Q10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $160 body only

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $85

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

              Waterproof

              $350 - $372

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $399

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Significantly larger

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