• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.5 megapixels
  • 7.30mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G16 advantages over Ricoh Theta S

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More telephoto lens reach
    140 mm vs 7 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 770 vs 260 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 60 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Ricoh Theta S advantages over Canon G16

  • Less expensive
    $241 vs $399
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Thinner
    22 mm vs 40 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    125g vs 355g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    14.5 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    7 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster shutter
    1/6400 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 360-degree spherical panoramas at the click of a button; Puts you back in the moment like no other camera; Good ergonomics and control layout; Great still image quality, and can shoot videos too; Upload panoramas to Google Street View

  • Very reliant on your smartphone or tablet; Battery and storage can't be replaced or upgraded; Handheld shots suffer from Gigantic Hand Syndrome; Hard to get yourself out of the shot; Video image quality is only modest; Interval timer has a long shot delay

The Competition

Compared to Olympus XZ-1

Canon G16
Olympus XZ-1
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Bulb shutter
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Ricoh Theta S
Olympus XZ-1
  • $241
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Canon G16
Olympus XZ-2
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Ricoh Theta S
Olympus XZ-2
  • $241
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Thinner
  • $199
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

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
Ricoh Theta S
Canon G15
  • $241
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $649
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

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
Ricoh Theta S
Pentax MX-1
  • $241
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Thinner
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon N100

Canon G16
Canon N100
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $349
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
Ricoh Theta S
Canon N100
  • $241
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Thinner
  • $349
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Rear display
  • Larger sensor
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