Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
The goal of this overview is to provide a detailed comparison of two popular camera models from Small Sensor Compact category, introduced by Canon. We are going to take a closer look at the technical and physical characteristics, features, and performance. The models we are going to assess and compare in this review are PowerShot G11 and PowerShot G16. The models we are going to compare in our review have different sensors. Canon PowerShot G11 features a CCD sensor that has a resolution of 10.0 MP. Canon PowerShot G16, on the contrary, has a different BSI-CMOS sensor with 10.0 MP resolution.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Canon PowerShot G11 and Canon PowerShot G16.
Canon PowerShot G11 Key Features:
Canon PowerShot G16 Key Features:
Since Canon PowerShot G11 has been around for some time, it was substituted by Canon G12.
Being a newer model, Canon PowerShot G11 substituted Canon G10.
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated vs Fixed Type||Flexible shooting positions|
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP vs 10.0 MP||16.7% more pixels|
|Continuous Shooting||12 fps vs Yes fps||11 fps faster|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.8″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots vs 461k dots||50% higher resolution screen|
|Weight||356 g vs 375 g||19 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 vs 640 x 480||Higher Resolution Video|
|Dxo Color Depth||21 vs 20.4||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||11.7 vs 11.1||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||230 vs 169||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder||Optical (tunnel) | Optical (tunnel)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots | 922k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon PowerShot G11 and Canon PowerShot G16 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Canon PowerShot G16 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 19g less than the Canon PowerShot G11. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon PowerShot G11 and Canon PowerShot G16 any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon PowerShot G11 features a 10.0 MP 1/1.7" sized CCD sensor . Canon PowerShot G16, in its turn, comes with a 12.0 MP 1/1.7" sized BSI-CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon PowerShot G11 and Canon PowerShot G16 by the size of their sensors.
Canon PowerShot G11 and Canon PowerShot G16 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon PowerShot G11 and Canon PowerShot G16 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon PowerShot G11||Canon PowerShot G16|
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon PowerShot G11 or Canon PowerShot G16, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon PowerShot G11 and Canon PowerShot G16 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon PowerShot G16 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot G11. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon PowerShot G11||Canon PowerShot G16|
|Model||PowerShot G11||PowerShot G16|
|Announced||Dec 16, 2009||Nov 25, 2013|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm||7.44 x 5.58 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2||41.52 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||80|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1||1|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots||922k dots|
|ViewFinder||Optical (tunnel)||Optical (tunnel)|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps||12.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||47||54|
|DxO Color Depth||20.4||21.0|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.1||11.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||169||230|
|Video Resolutions||640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||375 g||356 g|
|Physical Dimensions||112 x 76 x 48 mm||109 x 76 x 40 mm|
|Battery Life||n/a||360 shots|
|Battery Type||n/a||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus card||SD/SDHC/SDXC|