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

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Canon PowerShot G16

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

97

Canon PowerShot G16

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.4 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G16

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1800 ms startup delay
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

galleries

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

Advantages of the Canon G16

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1800 ms vs 2800 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
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
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
250s vs 30s
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Around 8.5x 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
Battery life
Longer battery life
360 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.7 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 21 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
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
Focus points
More focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Slightly smaller
102×58×36 mm vs 109×76×40 mm
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Around 40% smaller
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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recommendations

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
              f/1.8
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              G16922k dots
              DSC-RX1001,229k dots
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              G1612 MP
              DSC-RX10020 MP
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              G16360 shots
              DSC-RX100330 shots
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G161800 ms
              DSC-RX1002800 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G165x
              DSC-RX1003.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $519 - $649

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $408

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $284 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot G16 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $783

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $298

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture

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