• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 84.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G16 advantages over Canon G9X

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • More telephoto lens reach
    140 mm vs 84 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 770 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.5 fps vs 6.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    1.8 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon G9X advantages over Canon G16

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    495 vs 230 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    30 mm vs 40 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    206g vs 355g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 39 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Both provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • AF speed vastly improved; Increased continuous frames per second (JPEGs at 12.5fps vs 10fps in G15); Solid build and ergonomic, comfortable feel; Excellent f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens; Advanced photographic features, including PASM dial and RAW capture; Dedicated ISO button; Customizable buttons; Excellent macro mode; 1080p/60fps Full HD video.

  • LCD screen not articulated; Larger design makes it not very pocketable; Optical viewfinder not very accurate; RAW burst shooting still slow; Wi-Fi is clunky to set-up & no remote shooting capabilities; No built-in GPS.

  • Smallest 1-inch sensor camera available; Slips in a pants pocket almost unnoticed; Bright lens at wide-angle; Great image quality; Swift 6.5 fps JPEG burst shooting; Intuitive touch-screen control; In-camera Wi-Fi gets images onto your phone easily

  • Limited 3x zoom range; Tighter wide-angle than competitors; JPEG buffer limited to 10 frames; very slow bracketing / raw burst shooting; Touch-screen menus take lots of tapping; Poor battery life

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Canon G16
Sony RX100
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon G9X
Sony RX100
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Canon G16
Olympus XZ-2
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $274
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Canon G9X
Olympus XZ-2
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $274
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Canon G15

Canon G16
Canon G15
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Canon G9X
Canon G15
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Canon G16
Pentax MX-1
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon G9X
Pentax MX-1
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon G9X Mark II

Canon G16
Canon G9X Mark II
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $429
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon G9X
Canon G9X Mark II
  • $379
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger RAW buffer
  • $429
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Bluetooth
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