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 S120 and PowerShot G16. The first common feature of Canon PowerShot S120 and Canon PowerShot G16 that is worth mentioning is sensor. Both cameras feature BSI-CMOS sensors with a resolution of 12.0 MP.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Canon PowerShot S120 and Canon PowerShot G16.
Canon PowerShot S120 Key Features:
Canon PowerShot G16 Key Features:
Being a newer model, Canon PowerShot S120 substituted Canon S110.
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Weight||217 g vs 356 g||139 g lighter|
|Dxo Color Depth||21.3 vs 21||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||11.9 vs 11.7||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||246 vs 230||Better High ISO performance|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Battery Life||360 shots vs 230 shots||130 more frames with a single charge|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes | Yes||Creative shooting|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Continuous Shooting||12.0 fps | 12.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots | 922k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 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 S120 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 S120 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 139g less than the Canon PowerShot G16. 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 S120 and Canon PowerShot G16 any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Canon PowerShot S120 and Canon PowerShot G16 come equipped with the same BSI-CMOS that has a resolution of 12.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon PowerShot S120 and Canon PowerShot G16 by the size of their sensors.
Canon PowerShot S120 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 S120 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 S120||Canon PowerShot G16|
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 S120 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 S120 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 S120 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot G16. 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 S120||Canon PowerShot G16|
|Model||PowerShot S120||PowerShot G16|
|Announced||Nov 26, 2013||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||12.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||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||3||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||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots||922k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||12.0 fps||12.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, slow synchro||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||56||54|
|DxO Color Depth||21.3||21.0|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.9||11.7|
|DxO Low Light ISO||246||230|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||217 g||356 g|
|Physical Dimensions||100 x 59 x 29 mm||109 x 76 x 40 mm|
|Battery Life||230 shots||360 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|