For me, the most important considerations when assessing a camera’s performance are image quality and the camera’s ability to meet the user’s needs. The G16 can be viewed as the culmination of a continuously refined single idea–to create a compact, self-contained, precision-engineered camera that functions like a P&S, but also provides lots of user control.
Here’s some almost overwhelming evidence to support that contention: the sturdy tried and true body design, the new (backside illuminated CMOS) sensor paired with the 6th generation of the legendary DIGIC processor, and the fast consumer proven 5X zoom from the G15.
Over the past dozen years I have watched the introduction of affordable entry-level DSLRs, Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Compacts, and ultra-zoom P&S digital cameras lead digital camera industry insiders to repeatedly predict the imminent demise of little enthusiast digital cameras like the G16. It hasn’t happened and the marketplace is currently inundated with little enthusiast P&S digital cameras like the Samsung EX2F, the Fuji X20, the Sony RX100, and the Nikon P7700. The G16 has a few minor warts, but achieves a promising balance between image quality, capability, and functionality for the price.
- Excellent image quality
- Fast f1.8-f2.8 5x zoom
- Exposure Compensation dial on top deck of camera
- Robust build quality
- Viewfinder is dim and hard to use
- AF hunts for focus in very low light