Canon PowerShot G16 vs Nikon Coolpix P7800

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Canon PowerShot G16

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Nikon Coolpix P7800

56

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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
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1800 ms startup delay
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P7800

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Macro focus
Great macro
2.0 cm

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G16.
Explore our gallery of 6 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P7800.

differences

Advantages of the Canon G16

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The G16's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the G16's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
230 ISO vs 200 ISO
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The G16 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
250s vs 60s
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More than 4x longer exposures
Size
Slightly smaller
109×76×40 mm vs 119×78×50 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.6" vs 2"
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More than 20% thinner
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
360 shots vs 350 shots
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
356 g vs 399 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$399.00 vs $499.95
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The best price we've seen is $101 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P7800

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External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Color depth
Better color depth
21.2 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
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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
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              G16f/1.8
              P7800f/2
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              G16922k dots
              P7800921k dots
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              12 MP
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G16360 shots
              P7800350 shots
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G16Tunnel
              P7800Digital
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              G16250s
              P780060s
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G16$399.00
              P7800$499.95
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              G16230 ISO
              P7800200 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G165x
              P78007.1x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              G161.0 cm
              P78002.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.7 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              54.0
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              G161/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm
              P78001/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $559 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $420 - $476

              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 S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $780

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $982

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is much more expensive

              Canon PowerShot G16 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot G16.

              Nikon Coolpix P7800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $512

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $334

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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