• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 5.0x zoom 28mm - 140mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $533 Average Retail $500 MSRP
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 3.6x zoom 28mm - 100mm (35mm equiv.)
  • $633 Average Retail $750 MSRP

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Advantages

Canon G16 over Sony RX100 II

  • Lens zoom ratio
    5.0x vs 3.6x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Fast startup
    1.80 vs 2.80 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot video in daylight with a large aperture
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Longer shutter
    250 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony RX100 II over Canon G16

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • High-res screen
    1229k vs 922k dots
    Better screen fidelity makes you a better photographer
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Less shutter lag
    0.149 vs 0.314 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    1.6 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open by holding the shutter button down
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.9 fps vs 1.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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.

  • New, 20.2MP, 1-inch type, backside illuminated (BSI) image sensor produces superb image quality, with particular improvements in low light and high ISO; 3-inch tilting rear LCD screen handy for composing shots from difficult angles; Fast all-around performer with quick autofocus and virtually no shutter lag; New, multi-interface hotshoe for adding a strobe or optional electronic viewfinder; Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC.

  • Bigger and heavier than previous model; More expensive than previous model; Reduced burst performance when shooting RAW files; Somewhat confusing menu structure and control layout; Wi-Fi features can be difficult to set up.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Canon G16
Sony RX100
  • $533
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Fast startup
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
Sony RX100 II
Sony RX100
  • $633
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Canon G16
Sony RX100 III
  • $533
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Hot shoe
  • $788
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony RX100 II
Sony RX100 III
  • $633
  • 1 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Hot shoe
  • $788
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Canon G16
Olympus XZ-2
  • $533
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $373
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Sony RX100 II
Olympus XZ-2
  • $633
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $373
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon G15

Canon G16
Canon G15
  • $533
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • 24p
Sony RX100 II
Canon G15
  • $633
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Canon G16
Pentax MX-1
  • $533
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $374
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bulb shutter
Sony RX100 II
Pentax MX-1
  • $633
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $374
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Integrated ND filter
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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