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conclusion:We like it

84 December 30th 2013 11:02 am

Canon's PowerShot G series has always been a reliable pick for compact enthusiasts, and the G16 is no exception. The G16 is easy to use thanks to a menu system that Digital Trends says is "simple to use for photographers of any level." The design hasn't really been overhauled, with the flash remaining a standard pop-up that CNET wishes "could tilt back to bounce." However, in the optics department the G16 delivers "excellent image quality" according to Trusted Reviews, and PC Mag calls the video quality "crisp and sharp." For enthusiasts who don't want or need to fiddle with lenses, the G16 is a solid choice.

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    7.9
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    7.5
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    7.6
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    8.0
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    8.5
  • Ease of use
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8.0
CNET Sep 17, 2013

While the Canon PowerShot G16 is better than the G15 and remains a nice enthusiast compact, its low-light photo quality disappoints for the money.

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8.0
Macworld May 6, 2014

The PowerShot G16 is a compact workhorse camera that’s hard to beat. It has a rock-solid build quality, a DSLR-like feature set, and great-looking picture quality.

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7.0
PC Mag Oct 18, 2013

The Canon PowerShot G16 offers an impressive control layout and Wi-Fi, but its underwhelming optical viewfinder disappoints.

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Pocket-Lint Dec 2, 2013

The G16 may be starting to look a little dated, particularly when you compare it to something like Sony’s sleek RX100, but that doesn't stop the Canon remaining a top-notch snapper all round ... The camera delivers image quality that's consistently good, certainly among the best in class.

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8.0
Digital Versus Sep 10, 2013

The Canon PowerShot G16 is a reassuring camera that does a good job ... It'll be an ideal companion for users looking for a classic safe bet and who aren't tempted by originality or eye-catching innovations.

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8.0
Camera Labs Oct 2, 2013

The G16 misses out on our top rating, but it remains a very satisfying and capable camera in use, and one I can easily Recommend so long as you understand its limitations, and crucially whether the competition might serve you better.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Nov 12, 2013

While there’s no denying the Canon G16 is a pricey advanced compact, the combination of great build quality, stellar performance and fantastic image quality makes it one of the very best advanced compacts currently available.

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8.0
T3 Dec 27, 2013

As far as premium compacts go, the Canon PowerShot G16 is reassuringly brick-like, and in that respect as with its predecessors should satiate those who want their compact to feel as if from the same family as their EOS DSLR.

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7.0
Digital Trends Sep 18, 2013

On paper, Canon’s PowerShot G16 has specs that match those of DSLR and CSC cameras. Unfortunately, a small sensor holds it back from its full potential.

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9.0
Photography Blog Oct 24, 2013

The new Canon PowerShot G16 still remains one of the best premium compacts for enthusiasts, though, and is an excellent camera to boot, so it's still well worth considering alongside its main rivals.

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Digital Photography Review Sep 26, 2013

I find the Canon PowerShot G16 relatively uninteresting. But if I were in the market for a new high-end zoom compact, I'd definitely be considering it ... new stuff is more exciting than stuff we've seen before, and the G16 doesn't really offer anything new.

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Imaging Resource Aug 22, 2013

Although it has a similar 12.1-megapixel image sensor and 5x zoom lens pairing to its predecessor, the PowerShot G16 also includes a new DIGIC 6 image processor, which allows for faster autofocusing, burst shooting, and movie capture.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 8, 2013

All in all the G16 doesn't feel much different from the G15. On the one hand that's disappointing to long-time fans of the series, but don't get us wrong, as on the other hand it means that this will be one bloomin' great camera.

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TechRadar Aug 22, 2013

While we've no doubt that the Canon PowerShot G16 will be capable of producing fantastic images, it will have to go some way to beat the excellent Sony RX100 Mk II.

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Stuff Aug 21, 2013

For starters, it’s the first G-series cam to feature Wi-Fi, while also gaining two new creative modes, full HD video at 60fps and Canon’s latest DIGIC 6 processor. DIGIC 6 brings with it a raft of improvements including better low-light abilities, faster burst shooting and snappier autofocus.

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