Canon PowerShot G16 vs Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

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Canon PowerShot G16

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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

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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 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.

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)
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
28 mm vs 36 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
314 ms vs 530 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
12 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your 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
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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm vs 1/2.5" 5.8x4.3mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
250s vs 15s
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More than 16.5x longer exposures
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1800 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2500s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.6" vs 1.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$399.00 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX100 IS

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Weight
Slightly lighter
316 g vs 356 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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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 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G16$399.00
              SX100 IS$449.00
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot G16 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $399

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $649

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              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
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $775

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              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

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
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              Canon PowerShot G5

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX110 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX110 IS

              Travel zoom

              $650

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $85

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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