New Canon G16

It took a while but I finally got my new Canon G16 with the Canon WP-DC52 underwater housing. I was lucky that I had the option to order it in the US and got it here without shipping costs or taxes. So what did I exactly get.

Basically it is a major upgrade of my Canon G12 and into addition to that an underwater housing which will protect my camera up to depths of 40 meters. I have always been very satisfied with my Canon G12 up till now. So I never really needed to replace my G12. But it was the better specs (faster, new options, etc) and the WIFI addition that made me decide to go for the upgrade. And I am happy I did.

I already had some good results and am getting used to the small differences in operation. Of course there are also some things that I don’t like:

  • The display is fixed
  • RAW only available in P, Av, Tv and M mode.
  • Flash needs to be pop-ep up when needed

 

But for me that are minor things. And on the other side, things I do love are:

  • Wifi
  • More compact design
  • Faster operation speed
  • Faster AF speed
  • Better sensor
  • Better optics
  • Better results

 

Next to the camera I also purchased the leather case SC-DC85, which is a very expansive case (€95,-), but due to my experience with a similar case for my G12, I know it is worth the money. The times I have dropped my G12….. And no damage at all. So first things I did was buy this case and hope it will protect my Canon G16 as well as my G12 was protected.

And last but not least I got the WP-DC52 underwater housing. I used to have a similar case for my old IXUS 75, but I never wanted to spend the money on a new case for my G12. By buying the whole set in the US I saved such an amount that I got the underwater housing for free (if I compare it to European prices). So I can’t wait until we go on a trip to some new beautiful underwater world somewhere in a tropical location.

Here some images of the Canon G16 and the rest of the set:

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Below are the specs of the Canon G16 for those freak who want to know everything (like me):

Image sensor: 7.44 x 5.58 mm BSI-CMOS sensor with 13 million photosites (12.1 megapixels effective)
Image processor: DIGIC 6
Lens: 6.1-30.5mm f/1.8-2.8 (28-140mm in 35 mm format)
Zoom ratio: 5x optical, up to 4x digital
Image formats: Stills – JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3), CR2.RAW, RAW+JPEG; Movies – MP4 [Video: MPEG4-AVC (H.264), Audio: MPEG2 AAC-LC (stereo)]
Image Sizes: Stills – 4:3 – 4000 x 3000, 2816 x 2112, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480; 16:9 – 4000 x 2248, 2816 x 1584, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360; 3:2 – 4000 x 2664, 2816 x 1880, 1600 x 1064, 640 x 424; 1:1 – 2992 x 2992, 2112 x 2112, 1200 x 1200, 480 x 480; 4:5 – 2400 x 3000, 1696 x 2112, 960 x 1200, 384 x 480; Movies – 1920 x 1080 at 60fps/30fps, 1280 x 720 at 30 fps, 640 x 480 at 30 fps; Time-Lapse Movie (Full HD) 15fps; Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480, 120fps; 320 x 240, 240fps; Miniature Effect 6fps, 3fps, 1.5fps, Hybrid Auto (HD)
Shutter speed range: Default: 1 – 1/4000 seconds; up to 20 seconds in Tv or 250 seconds in M mode
Self-timer: 2 or 10 seconds delay
Image Stabilisation: Lens-shift type (approx. 3 stops) plus Intelligent IS with 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments; Manual and automatic dynamic range correction; Automatic shadow correction; ND Filter (3 stop)
Focus system/range: TTL Contrast-based AF with AiAF (9-point or Face Detection with Face Select and Track), 1-point AF (any position is available or fixed centre) and Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE, Tracking AF modes; Manual focusing with focus peaking; range: 1 cm to infinity (W), 40 cm to infinity (T); macro to 1 cm
Exposure metering/control: Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
Shooting modes: Smart Auto (58 scenes detected), Hybrid Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom 1, Custom 2, SCN (Portrait, Smart Shutter [Smile, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self-Timer], Star [Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie], Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Movie
Photo Effects: My Colours (My Colours Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Colour)
ISO range: AUTO, ISO 80-12800 in 1/3EV steps
White balance: Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
Flash modes/range (ISO auto): Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro; range 50 cm – 5.0 m (W) / 50 cm – 4.5 m (T)
Sequence shooting: Max. Approx. 12.2 shots/sec for up to 5 frames then approx. 9.3 shots/sec for 522 frames
Storage Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compatible)
Viewfinder: Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder with dioptre adjustment
LCD monitor: 3-inch PureColor II G LCD (TFT) with approx. 922,000 dots; 100% coverage; 5-level brightness adjustment
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only); Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible); HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC); GPS via mobile (linked to compatible smartphone)
Power supply: NB-10L Rechargeable Li-ion battery; CIPA rated for Approx. 360 shots/charge (Eco mode approx. 480 shots)
Dimensions (wxhxd): 108.8 x 75.9 x 40.3 mm
Weight: Approx. 356 grams (including battery/batteries and memory card)

 

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