About the Canon PowerShot G16
Get your photos right, even when the light is wrong
Get your photos right, even when the light is wrong
When the lighting is just right, it's easy to take great-looking pictures with just about any camera. But to capture detailed shots in those late evening hours, you need a camera with a fast lens. The Canon PowerShot G16's lens features a maximum aperture that goes from f/1.8 at the wide end of its focal range to f/2.8 at the telephoto end — impressive numbers that mean it can gather plenty of light even with high shutter speeds. So when your son's baseball game stretches into the evening, your photos of the winning hit won't come out dark and fuzzy. The G16's CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor ensure that colors pop and noise is all but eliminated. And not just on those shots taken under perfect lighting conditions.
Fast in more ways than one
"Fast" doesn't just refer to this camera's lens. The PowerShot G16 offers improved autofocus times over the previous model. And if speed is what you want, you'll get plenty of it with this camera's blazing-fast continuous shooting mode. It lets you capture action at 9.3 frames per second at full resolution. So when your daughter's running up and down the soccer field, you won't miss the best shots because your camera just can't keep up with her.
Cool features for serious shutterbugs
For more advanced photographers, the G16's manual controls are a welcome sight. There's an assignable front dial as well as a rear exposure dial, for a more SLR-like experience. The optical viewfinder offers another option for lining up shots besides the high-resolution LCD monitor. RAW image recording lets you export uncompressed photos to your computer for better image quality and more editing versatility. You can also shoot 1080p/60p video in MP4 — ideal for uploading to sites like Facebook or YouTube™. Speaking of sharing....
Built-in Wi-Fi for instant sharing
What good is a fantastic photo or video if you can't share it with others? With the PowerShot G16, sharing is easy thanks to built-in Wi-Fi. Canon's free CameraWindow app for Apple® and Android™ lets you transfer shots to your smartphone just about anywhere. Or connect to your home network to wirelessly back-up photos, print them, or post them on Facebook, YouTube™, and other sites right from the camera through Canon's Image Gateway.
- 12.1-megapixel effective recording CMOS sensor
- 5X optical zoom (4X digital zoom/20X combined zoom)
- 3" high-resolution LCD screen (922,000 dots)
- 35mm equivalent focal length: 28-140mm
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
- f/1.8-2.8 lens offers superior light-gathering ability
- built-in Wi-Fi for sending photos wirelessly to smartphones, tablets, PCs, and printers over a wireless network
- Canon's free CameraWindow app for Apple and Android lets you:
- send photos to your smartphone using the camera as a wireless access point
- upload photos to Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites
- use your smartphone's GPS capability to add location information to photos
- DIGIC 6 image processor and 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor for highly detailed, low noise photos in low light
- optical image stabilization for blur-free photos
- SLR-style front dial can be set to manually control settings, including exposure, focus and step zoom
- full-HD movie mode (up to 1080/60p resolution)
- continuous shooting mode captures 12.2 frames per second at full resolution
- variable ISO settings, including a high sensitivity setting (ISO 12,800) for better low-light shooting
- handheld HDR (High Dynamic Range) modes creates an evenly exposed photo from 3 successive automatic captures with varying exposure levels
- records in RAW and JPEG formats for greater creative flexibility during editing
- face detection and red-eye correction for better portraits
- improved high-speed autofocus for faster lag times
- optical viewfinder
- built-in flash
Connections and Dimensions:
- mini HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
- high-speed USB (Mini Type B) interface (cable not included)
- 4-5/16"W x 3-1/8"H x 1-5/8"D
- weight (with battery and SD card): 12.6 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NB-10L) and AC charger
- neck strap
- MFR # 8406B001
What's in the box:
- Digital camera (black)
- NB-10L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery with plastic terminal cover (7.4V 920mAh 6.8Wh)
- CB2LC Battery charger (8.4V 0.7A)
- Neck strap
- Getting Started booklet (Eng/Span)
- Warranty card
- Shooting in Manual mode sheet
- Online Product Registration sheet
- Canon Image Gateway promo sheet
- Wireless printer promo sheet
- Important Safety Instructions (for battery charger)
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||28-140mm|
|Sensor Size||1/1.7" CMOS|
|Highest Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080/60p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||12.56|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot G16 has a 3" TFT color LCD monitor featuring a resolution of approximately 922,000 dots. The monitor has a 100% picture coverage. The high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. You can manually adjust the LCD monitor's brightness.
Viewfinder: The digital camera also features a real-image optical viewfinder with approximately 80% coverage. The viewfinder has a diopter so you can adjust it to your eyesight.
Canon's HS System: The Powershot G16 employs the HS System by combining the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor with the new DIGIC 6 Image Processor to produce spectacular images with minimal noise:
- Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/1.7" CMOS image sensor with approximately 12.8-million total pixels and 12.1-million effective pixels, giving your shots added depth and detail.
- Image Processor: The G16 features Canon's latest generation DIGIC 6 Image Processor. The new processor is optimized for use in compact cameras, and has a faster processing speed for faster continuous shooting capability. Improved noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at ISO speeds up to 12800. You can also record Full HD video at 60p, as well as MP4 recording for playback on mobile devices.
Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards.
Built-in Wi-Fi: Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social network sites (through the Canon iMage Gateway), to a PC or upload virtually anywhere on your iOS or Android device (using Canon CameraWindow app), share images between Wi-Fi-enabled PowerShot cameras, and even print your images on an Wi-Fi-compatible printer.
Note: The camera is compatible with iOS Ver.6.0/6.1, and Android devices version 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2. Wireless LAN specification: IEEE802.11b/g/n.
File Formats: The G16 records still images and movies in the following file formats:
- JPEG: JPEG images are processed inside the camera for optimum image quality and compressed. There are two compression ratios to choose from: Fine and SuperFine. You can record JPEG images in Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small in 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 4:5 aspect ratios:
16:9 3:2 4:3 1:1 4:5 Large + RAW 4000 x 2248 4000 x 2664 4000 x 3000 2992 x 2992 2400 x 3000 Medium 1 2816 x 1584 2816 x 1880 2816 x 2112 2112 x 2112 1696 x 2112 Medium 2 1920 x 1080 1600 x 1064 1600 x 1200 1200 x 1200 960 x 1200 Small 640 x 360 640 x 424 640 x 480 480 x 480 384 x 480
- RAW: The RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera imaging element without further processing. The images show almost no deterioration in image quality, and are a higher quality than JPEG images. To view RAW images on your computer, you must download Digital Photo Professional software from the Canon website. Using the software's image processing function, you can broadly adjust the images without deterioration, and then convert the image to a JPEG, TIFF, or other type of image in line with your intended use. You can choose to record RAW files or JPEG files alone, or you can record RAW files and JPEG files simultaneously. RAW images can be recorded in the same resolution as the Large JPEG images in any of the five aspect ratios.
- Movies: Movies can be recorded in High Definition or Standard Definition with stereo sound in MOV format: Image Data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio Data: Linear PCM. HD Movies are recorded at 1920 x 1080 at 60 or 30 frames per second and 1280 x 720 at 30 fps. SD Movies are recorded at 640 x 480 at 30 fps. Recording will automatically stop when the clip size reaches 4 GB, or when the recording time reaches 30 minutes (HD) or 1 hour (SD).
Wide-Angle 4x Optical Zoom Lens: The PowerShot G16 is equipped with an f/1.8-2.8, 5x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 6.1-30.5mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm). The 4x digital zoom extends the camera's telephoto capabilities to a total zoom of 20x. The focusing range differs depending upon the focusing mode:
- Auto: 0.4" to infinity (W), 1.3' to infinity
- Normal: 2" to infinity (W), 1.3' to infinity
- Macro: 0.4" to 1.6' (W)
- Manual Focus: 0.4" to infinity, 1.3' to infinity
- Underwater Macro: 0.4"-1.6' (W)
- Underwater Quick: 4.9'-66' (W-T)
Digital Tele-Converter: Using the built-in Digital Tele-Converter, you can increase the focal length of the lens by approximately 1.5x or 2.0x. The focal length when using the 1.5x digital tele-converter is 42-210mm. When using the 2.0x tele-converter, the focal length is 56-280mm. The Digital Tele-Converter cannot be used together with the digital zoom.
Preset Focal Lengths (Step Zoom): You can shoot at preset focal lengths of 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, or 140mm (35mm equivalent). This feature allows you to shoot at the angle of view of those focal lengths.
Front Dial: The G16 has a pro-style Front Dial similar to the ones found on Canon EOS Digital SLRs. The Front Dial can be set to control shooting parameters, including manual focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed, dynamic range correction, step zoom, white balance, and aspect ratio.
Optical Image Stabilizer: Optical (lens shift type) Image Stabilization allows you to minimize the camera shake which results in blurred images when you shoot distant subjects that have been magnified or when you shoot in dark conditions. Intelligent Image Stabilization (Intelligent IS) automatically selects one of six modes of image stabilization depending upon the shooting conditions:
- Still Images: Image stabilization for still images
- Still Images (Panning): Image stabilization for still images, when you follow subjects horizontally or vertically with the camera
- Hybrid IS: Image stabilization for macro shots
- Dynamic IS: Image stabilization for movies, reducing strong camera shake as when shooting while walking.
- Powered IS: Image stabilization for subtle camera shake, such as when shooting movies at telephoto.
- IS Off: No image stabilization, because the camera is mounted on a tripod, or held still by other means.
Blink Detection: The G16 provides a visible indicator on its LCD screen, if the camera detects the possibility that someone has shut his or her eyes.
AF Frame Modes: You can change the AF frame mode to match the scene you want to shoot. You can choose from the following:
- FlexiZone/Center: A single AF frame can be moved manually from the center to the desired area (FlexiZone), making sure the focus is exactly where you want it.
- Face AiAF: The camera automatically detects the position of a face and uses the data to set the focus, exposure (evaluative metering only) and white balance (auto).
- Tracking AF: You can choose the subject you want to focus on and shoot. If the subject moves, it will be tracked within a certain range within the frame.
Magnify Focal Point: You can push the shutter-button halfway to magnify the AF frame and check the focus.
Servo AF: The Servo AF retains focus on a moving subject after the shutter button is pressed halfway. This allows you to wait for the perfect shot without having to refocus.
AF-Assist Beam: The AF-assist beam will sometimes emit when the shutter button is pressed halfway to assist focusing in certain conditions, i.e. dark conditions. The AF-assist beam can be turned off. If animals are your subject, turn off the beam when shooting in the dark to avoid startling them.
Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.
Focus Bracketing: The camera automatically takes three shots; one at the manual focus position, and one each with focus positions preset farther and nearer. The three shots are taken at the same interval as continuous shooting. The farther and nearer focus positions can be set in three steps.
Drive Modes: The Canon PowerShot G16 features Single, Continuous, Self-Timer Drive modes:
- Single Shot: The digital camera captures a single image each time the shutter button is fully pressed and released.
- Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use this mode to
shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. There are
- Continuous: records approximately 12.2 images per second for first five shots and 9.3 images per second starting with the sixth shot. The focus is fixed on the original subject distance.
- Continuous AF (auto focus): records approximately 5.7 images per second, focus adjusts as needed
- Continuous LV (live view): records approximately 5.9 images per second, focus is fixed at a manual setting
- Self-Timer: The self-timer can be used to shoot a group photo that includes the photographer. The camera will activate approximately 10 seconds after a preset time after shutter button is pressed to allow the photographer time to get into the shot. A 2-second self timer is also available if you want to avoid camera shake. The camera features a custom self timer, allowing you to set the time delay (0-10, 15, 20, or 30 seconds) and the number of shots taken (1-10 shots). In addition, the camera features a Wink Self-Timer (shoots 2 seconds after a wink is detected), and a Face Self-Timer (shoots 2 seconds after the camera detects a new face in the frame, presumably when the photographer has entered the picture).
Shooting Modes: Using the Mode Dial on the top of the camera, you can select from numerous shooting modes:
- Smart Auto: Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions, and automatically selects an appropriate setting.
- Hybrid Auto: You can make a short movie of a day just by shooting still images. Before each shot, the camera will automatically record a 2-4 second movie clip of the scene. Each clip recorded that day is combined into a single file.
- Program AE (P): The camera automatically sets both the aperture and the shutter speed.
- Shutter Speed Priority (Tv): When you set the shutter speed, the camera sets the aperture according to shooting conditions. The shutter speed can be set between 1/4000 and 15 seconds.
- Aperture Priority (Av): When you set the aperture, the camera sets the shutter speed according to shooting conditions. The aperture can be set between f/1.8 and f/8 (wide angle) and f/2.8 and f/8 (telephoto), depending upon the zoom position.
- Manual (M): The aperture and the shutter speed are manually set.
- Scene Modes: Appropriate settings for specific scenes and shooting conditions: Portrait, Handheld NightScene, Underwater (requires optional underwater case), Snow, and Fireworks.
- Custom Modes (C1/C2): You can register commonly used shooting modes and settings to your preference. These can be stored under C1 or C2 on the Mode Dial.
- Creative Filters: You can add a variety of effects to images when shooting. Filters include Super Vivid, Poster Effect, High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, and Monochrome.
- Movies: allows you to set the camera for standard and super slow motion movies, and configure the settings. The camera has a dedicated movie button to start and stop movie recording.
Super Slow Motion: You can shoot movies is Standard movie mode or Super Slow Motion mode. Super Slow Motion lets you shoot fast-moving subjects for playback later in slow motion. No sound is recorded in Super Slow Motion mode. There are two options for Super Slow Motion:
|Frame Rate||Image Quality||Playback Time |
(for a 30 sec clip)
|240 fps||QVGA (320 x 240)||Approx. 4 min.|
|120 fps||VGA (640 x 480)||Approx. 2 min|
Exposure Compensation: When shooting against a bright or dark background, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject is correctly lit. You can adjust the exposure from -3 to +3 in 1/3-stop increments, using the dial on the top of the camera.
Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): In this mode, the camera automatically changes the exposure within a set range to take three shots at the same interval as continuous shooting. The images are shot in the following order: standard exposure, underexposure, and overexposure. You can set the exposure value variance from -2 to +2 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
- Evaluative: Used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
- Center-Weighted Averaging: Averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center.
- Spot: Meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor.
ISO Settings: The PowerShot G16 features Auto and Manual ISO, adjustable using the ISO dial on the top of the camera. The higher the ISO, the greater it reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations. ISO speed settings can be adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. The settings include 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, or Auto.
Built-In Flash: The PowerShot G16 has a built-in flash. Using the control dial, you can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow-Synchro (flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds) or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 23' in Wide Angle and 1.6' to 15' in Telephoto. You can adjust the flash output (3 levels) and flash exposure compensation (+/-2 stops in 1/3 stop increments). In the menu, you can add the following flash functions when the flash is set to On or Auto:
- Red-Eye Correction: You can automatically correct red-eye that occurs in images taken with the flash.
- Red-Eye Reduction: The red-eye reduction lamp lights in order to reduce the red-eye effect that occurs when shooting in dark conditions with the flash.
ND Filter: The ND filter reduces light intensity to 1/8 (3-stops) of the actual level, allowing for slower shutter speeds and smaller aperture values. Use of a tripod is recommended with the slower shutter speeds to prevent camera shake.
White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, and Custom.
My Colors: Using My Colors you can easily change colors in an image when it's taken. My Colors offers several options:
- Vivid: emphasizes contrast and color saturation to record bold colors
- Neutral: tones down contrast and color saturation to record neutral hues
- Sepia: brownish tint
- B/W: black and white
- Positive Film: makes blue, green or red colors more intense
- Lighter Skin Tone: makes skin tones lighter
- Darker Skin Tone: makes skin tones darker
- Vivid Blue: emphasizes blue tint
- Vivid Green: emphasizes green tint
- Vivid Red: emphasizes red tint
- Custom Color: manually adjust the contrast, sharpness, and color saturation
- My Colors Off: records normally with this setting
Display Overlays: You can display a variety of guides and overlays in the viewfinder or LCD to aid you in shooting images. These include shooting information, grid lines, an electronic level, and a histogram.
Wind Filter: The Wind Filter suppresses noise during audio recording when the wind is strong.
Optional Accessories: There are numerous Canon accessories that can be attached to the G16 camera:
- Flash Units: You can attach an external flash unit to the camera's hot shoe. Available flash units include the Speedlite 90EX, 600EX, 430EXII, 320EX and 270EXII.
- Macro Flash Units: The ring around the lens is removable, allowing you to attach external macro flash units such as the MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite and the MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite. The LA-DC58L Conversion Lens adapter, OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe, and BKT-DC1 Bracket are required to mount the macro lites.
- Lens Filters: You can add 58mm filters to the lens if desired. (The FA-DC58D Filter Adapter is required for attaching a 58mm filter.)
Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can select the review time from 2 to 10 seconds. It will also display until you press the shutter button halfway to focus your next shot.
Focus Check Display: Focus Check display allows you to check the focus of image taken and allows you to easily check facial expressions and whether a subject's eyes are closed. This feature can be set to allow you to check the focus of an image taken right after shooting the subject.
Favorites: You can organize images in specific categories by tagging them as Favorites, and display them in a filtered playback. You can also protect or delete images while filtered.
Jump Images: When you have a lot of images recorded onto a memory card, you can use the Jump feature to speed up your search for the image you want to view. You can choose from the following categories:
- Favorites: displays images tagged as favorites
- Shot Date: displays the images shot on a specified date
- Jump 10 Images: jumps over 10 images at a time
- Jump 100 Images: jumps over 100 images at a time
Index Replay: This feature allows you to view 6, 12, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.
Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in Single Image Replay mode, you can magnify the image up to approximately 10x. You can also maneuver around in the magnified picture by using the multi-purpose control dial.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. Each image displays for approximately 3-10, 15, 30 seconds.
Movie Playback: In addition to normal playback of your video clips the camera features slow-motion, fast-forward, rewind and frame-by-frame playback.
Cropping: You can crop a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file.
Resizing Images: You can resize images to a lower pixel setting and save the resized image as a separate file.
Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.
PictBridge: Using a USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect it to a computer.
Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot G16 powered by the supplied NB-10L rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (7.4V / 920mAh / 6.8Wh). The battery pack can be charged in the supplied CB-2LC battery charger in approximately 1 hours and 50 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC80 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the battery is as follows:
|Still Images||Screen On: Approx 360 shots|
|Screen Off: Approx. 770 shots|
|Eco Mode On: 480 shots|
|Movie Recording||Typical||Screen On: Approx. 1 hour|
|Continuous||Screen On: Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes|
|Playback Time||Screen On: Approx. 7 hours|
Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:
- Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: Camera powers down approximately 2 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera. The LCD monitor automatically turns off 1 minute after the last control is accessed even if Auto Power Down is set to off.
- Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.
Digital/AV Output Terminal: The PowerShot G16 has a Mini-B USB 2.0 Hi-Speed terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible printer. There is no USB cable included. An optional USB cable must be obtained in order to load images to your computer or printer. The camera's Mini-B USB 2.0 output also allows you to connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with a RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the optional AVC-DC400ST stereo AV cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.
HDMI Output: The PowerShot G16 features a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to your HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the Canon HTC-100, is required.
Remote In: The PowerShot G16 features a 2.5mm sub-mini input for connecting the optional Canon RS-60E3 Wired Remote Switch (sold separately). The remote prevents camera shake when taking photographs using a tripod, such as when taking close-ups or long-exposure photographs.
DC In: The camera features a DC input for optional AC power adapter (ACK-DC80, sold separately).
Downloadable Software: The PowerShot G16 does not include software in the box. The following recommended software is downloadable from the Canon website:
- Canon Utilities:
- ImageBrowser: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
- CameraWindow: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
- Digital Photo Professional: convert RAW images to JPEG and TIFF images
- User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide
Compatible Operating Systems:
- Windows 8 (wired or Wi-Fi)
- Windows 7 (SP1) (wired or Wi-Fi)
- Windows Vista (SP2) (wired only)
- Windows XP (SP3) (wired only)
- Mac OS X v10.6, 10.7, 10.8 (wired)
- Mac OS X v10.6.8, 10.7, 10.8.2 or later (Wi-Fi)