Canon's G16 Powershot offers power and sensitivity

A dog running along the beach at sunset, as captured in fading light with a Canon Powershot G16.
A dog running along the beach at sunset, as captured in fading light with a Canon Powershot G16. Mark Furler

WITH a powerful new processor and super sensitive sensor, Canon's compact Powershot G16 delivers some exceptional photographs in the most trying of conditions.

The G16 is not your average point and shoot with tank-like aluminium construction, multiple dials, wi-fi connectivity, and GPS capability.

But if you just want to take good photos, it's auto mode will suit those who are happy to stick to the basics.

Its HD video capability is particularly good with a super smooth zoom making for a far more controlled, and professional, video than on most cameras.

At the heart of the PowerShot G16 is Canon's DiG!C 6 image processor which allows users to expand their photographic range and take great images in a wide variety of challenging situations.

The 12.1 megapixel 1/1.7 high-sensitivity CMOS sensor promises a wider dynamic range, low noise and high levels of detail - even in lower light conditions.

The camera features a sensitivity up to ISO 12800 which is quite remarkable given its size and price tag.

The G16 offers continuous shooting  of up to 9 frames per second, while the automatic focus is now 41% quicker than in the G15.

The camera features a super-bright Canon lens, developed using highly refractive glass.

Its 5x optical zoom is not huge but offers an f/1.8 aperture at its 28mm wide-angle, and an f/2.8 aperture at its maximum 140mm focal length.

This provides the opportunity to shoot in low light and use fast shutter speeds to freeze the action in full zoom mode.

Canon's Powershot G16 camera.
Canon's Powershot G16 camera.

A couple of the features we particularly liked about the Powershot G camera is the range of manual controls.

The first dial give you the basic settings like auto, manual, program, movies, high dynamic range, shutter speed priority, aperture priority, custom one and two, and portrait.

A second dial allows you to quickly adjust the exposure settings, which can be handy if you are wanting to under or over expose a shot. For those wanting even greater post-process freedom, you can shoot in RAW format.

The G16 also comes with two new creative filters - Star and Background Defocus.

Star mode offers three different pre-sets - Star Nightscape, Star Trails and Star Time-lapse movie to vividly capture a starry sky.

New Background Defocus mode instantly creates the effect of a shallow depth of field by automatically blurring the background, while improved high dynamic range mode gives extra freedom to shoot handheld when capturing HDR images.

The image stabilisation system in the camera uses a five-axis system which promises to reduce the rolling motion-style camera shake that typically occurs when movies are recorded on the move.

The wi-fi functionality allows you to pair your camera to a mobile phone, tablet or computer using Canon's dedicated app and quickly upload shots to social media or send to friends via email right from where you are taking the photos.

The G16 supports full  HD (1920 x 1080) 60p movie recording with stereo sound while Tracking AF in movies ensures subjects remain crisp, clear and in focus.

Priced at around $500, it offers a lot of features in a very compact format.

PowerShot G16

Bright f/1.8-2.8, 28mm, 5x zoom lens

HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DiG!C 6

Intelligent IS with 5-axis movie stabilisation

Up to 9.3fps

7.5 cm (3.0") LCD; plus optical view finder

Front Dial, Full Manual, RAW

Full HD (60fps)

Wi-Fi; GPS via Mobile

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