• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28mm - 100mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28mm - 140mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony RX100 II advantages 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
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    483 vs 230 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.31 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    13 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.9 fps vs 1.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon G16 advantages over Sony RX100 II

  • Less expensive
    $399 vs $598
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More lens zoom
    5.0x vs 3.6x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Fast startup
    ~1.80 vs 2.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer battery life
    More info 770 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    39 vs 13 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

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

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Sony RX100 II
Sony RX100
  • $586
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
  • $439
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster RAW shooting
Canon G16
Sony RX100
  • $391
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Fast startup
  • $439
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Sony RX100 II
Sony RX100 III
  • $586
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $782
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon G16
Sony RX100 III
  • $391
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
  • $782
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Sony RX100 II
Olympus XZ-2
  • $586
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $262
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon G16
Olympus XZ-2
  • $391
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • More lens zoom
  • $262
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon G15

Sony RX100 II
Canon G15
  • $586
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
Canon G16
Canon G15
  • $391
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Canon G7X

Sony RX100 II
Canon G7X
  • $586
  • 1 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer battery life
  • $636
  • 1 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Fast startup
Canon G16
Canon G7X
  • $391
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
  • $636
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
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