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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G16

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Battery life
Great battery life
360 shots
 

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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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)
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 resolution Much higher resolution screen 922k dots vs 172k dots
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Around 5.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 28 mm vs 36 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 12 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 360 shots vs 140 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 7.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm vs 1/2.5" 5.8x4.3mm
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Around 70% larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 250s vs 15s
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More than 16.5x longer exposures
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
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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 Common Weaknesses
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        G16:28 mm
        SX100 IS:36 mm

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548 - $550

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot G12

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Pro digicam

        $629

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

        Canon PowerShot G16 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

        Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

        Boutique

        $799

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Canon PowerShot G1X

        Canon PowerShot G1X

        Boutique

        $549 - $610

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot G15

        Canon PowerShot G15

        Pro digicam

        $400 - $499

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

        Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

        Pro digicam

        $698

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        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

        $449 - $450

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Macro focus Worse macro capability

        Canon PowerShot SX100 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $94 - $250

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

        Travel zoom

        $251

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Travel zoom

        $139 - $184

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Pro digicam

        $331 - $567

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

        Travel zoom

        $115 - $149

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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