Canon PowerShot G16 Review

The Canon PowerShot G16 belongs to the top-of-the line PowerShot family and it is a good prosumer compact camera for photography enthusiasts that was launched in September 2013, where I shared about the Canon PowerShot G16 in another post earlier on my personal blog. I was given the opportunity to review the Canon PowerShot G16 and I would love to share my experiences in using the Canon PowerShot G16 to all my readers and photography fans, especially those searching for a prosumer compact camera for daily usage or a compact digital camera for street photography usage.


I took the Canon PowerShot G16 out on a daily usage basis, inside my bag during working hours, it was small and compact to bring out without adding too much weight to your load. Whenever I had the opportunity to use the PowerShot G16 during the review period, I would take it out and take photographs of the scenes around the roads and streets, on food photography and just anything under the sun. There was a time when I took the PowerShot G16 out for a night photography walkabout at Tiong Bahru estate, one of the oldest public housing estates in Singapore. The Canon PowerShot G16 is packed with pretty awesome features inside its small and compact size and pretty value for money investment in a good prosumer compact camera. The in-built HDR function inside the PowerShot G16 was a cool feature and it can be useful and fun using it! Along with Wi-Fi enabled capabilities, you can choose to upload and share your photographs pretty quickly.


A feature on the Canon PowerShot G16 that I liked was the optical viewfinder, nowadays, not many compact digital cameras have optical viewfinder. I might be coming from the “Old School of Thought”, I still prefer (and want) my photography to be seen via through the optical viewfinder. Therefore, using the optical viewfinder on the Canon PowerShot G16 was very useful when I am on a street photography adventure. However, the view through viewfinder was small and tight, that posed some challenges and inconveniences when I was out during the night photography walkabout at Tiong Bahru estate.



Here are the photographs taken with the Canon PowerShot G16 during the review period, insider my Flickr collection! If you are interested in the Canon PowerShot G16, do visit Canon Singapore website for more details and also on where you can purchase them! Below are some of my thoughts, Pros and Cons, views, technical specifications and pricing of the Canon PowerShot G16 –


–       Lightweight

–       Small and compact

–       Easy to use

–       In built HDR function

–       Exposure Compensation dial on top of camera body for easy access

–       Hot Shoe to put flash

–       Maximum Aperture @ f/1.8

–      Wi-Fi enabled

–      Manual Focus Peak Assist


–       Viewfinder is small and has a tight view

–       ISO at 12,800 is noisy/grainy

–       Grip is small and not really comfortable


–       The Canon PowerShot G16 is a good choice for a low cost street photography compact digital camera

–       A daily usage camera to put inside your bag and bring it out for leisure use


PowerShot G16 Specifications 

Dimensions: Approx. 108.8 x 75.9 x 40.3mm

Weight (including battery and memory card): 356g

Lens: 5x (10x with ZoomPlus)

Focal length: 28-140mm

Aperture: f1.8-2.8

Image sensor: 12.1 mega-pixel CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 6

Max ISO speed: 12800

Continuous shooting speed: up to 12.2 fps (5.7fps with AF)

Maximum video quality: Full HD MP4 LCD: 3.0” (approx. 922,000 dots)

WiFi: Yes

Battery type: Lithium battery


Canon PowerShot G16 Retail Recommended Price: $699

If you are planning to look for a prosumer compact camera packed with pretty good features at an affordable price (a value for money investment), you can consider the Canon PowerShot G16!

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon PowerShot G16 *

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