Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

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Canon PowerShot G16

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sensor size
Large sensor
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Overall image quality
Great image quality
66.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
 

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
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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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 1 f-stop better
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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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 30s
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Around 8.5x 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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 360 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $499.00 vs $535.79
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The best price we've seen is $37 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size Much larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
True resolution Much higher true resolution 20 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 66.0 vs 54.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 390 ISO vs 230 ISO
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The DSC-RX100 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth Better color depth 22.6 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 922k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Size Slightly smaller 101x58x35 mm vs 109x76x40 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 213 g vs 356 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.4" vs 1.6"
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More than 10% thinner
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/1.8
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              G16:922k dots
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              G16:12 MP
              DSC-RX100:20 MP
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              G16:1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
              DSC-RX100:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              G16:$499.00
              DSC-RX100:$535.79
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G16:5x
              DSC-RX100:3.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $799

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $390 - $410

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $345 - $398

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot G16 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $468 - $547

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.

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