• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 122.9mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 240.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G16 advantages over Canon XC10

  • Less expensive
    $599 vs $1499
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/1.8 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 122 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    355g vs 1040g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 1/2 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.5 fps vs 3.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon XC10 advantages over Canon G16

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.20 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More telephoto lens reach
    240 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    20000 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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 HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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.

The Competition

Compared to Canon G15

Canon G16
Canon G15
  • $599
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $622
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Canon XC10
Canon G15
  • $1499
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $622
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Canon G16
Pentax MX-1
  • $599
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon XC10
Pentax MX-1
  • $1499
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Canon N100

Canon G16
Canon N100
  • $599
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $349
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon XC10
Canon N100
  • $1499
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $349
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Internal flash

Compared to Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)

Canon G16
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $599
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $1173
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon XC10
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $1499
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $1173
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony RX10 II

Canon G16
Sony RX10 II
  • $599
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
Canon XC10
Sony RX10 II
  • $1499
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $1198
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
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