Canon Powershot G16 Review (still a great performer)


While the Canon PowerShot G16 is not the latest model of the series (it’s the Powershot G7 X, though somebody may object) it is still a great performing camera, and still worth a review.

Carl Garrard of Photographic Central felt the pulse of this little, WiFi-enabled compact camera, which was released to the public in August 2013. Let’s start with the core specs:

  • 12.1 Megapixel 1/1.7″ CMOS Sensor
  • Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens (28-140mm)
  • Optical Zoom Viewfinder and 3.0″ LCD
  • Full HD 1080/60p Video
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processing Engine
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi Capabilities
  • Continuous Shooting at 9.3 fps
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • ISO 12800 and Canon HS SYSTEM

As you can see these are respectable specifications. You do not always need the newest gear, especially not if “older” cameras still perform very good (well, it’s just a bit more than a year old, but in this industry it is a long time). Carl highlights the features he liked most:

  • A fast lens with an excellent all purpose range and macro capabilities that gives you a surprising amount of photographic creativity and control for a compact camera
  • Extremely effective optical image stabilization ( I shoot hand held easily down to 1/5th second with no blur) in stills and video
  • A dual axis electronic level that you can calibrate (excellent option Canon)
  • Good low light image quality by any standard (and improved over G15)
  • Superb build quality (and improved over G15)
  • Excellent ergonomics (grip/placement of controls, balance, again improved over G15)
  • Excellently implemented and placed external controls
  • Blazingly fast autofocus (much improved over G15)
  • Raw Files (Supported by popular convertors)
  • Excellent battery life (360 shots per charge or more)
  • Included AF assist lamp
  • Excellent glass covered LCD screen
  • Pocketable (just)
  • Affordable price compared to other serious compacts (as the price dropped)
  • Comfortable spacious grip on the front and rear (better than G15)
  • Optical viewfinder when you need one
  • Quick start up and shut down, and really fast overall operation (image scrolling, accessing menus, in camera development, etc.)
  • Hot shoe and fast sync speeds with external flashes
  • Mostly customizable menu system
  • Two custom menu settings on the mode dial (use them!)
  • Addition of XFine Jpegs, and some NR control of high ISO shots (low to high)
  • New Night Display Function (turns down LCD and changes color so you don’t blind yourself during night shooting)

If you are interested in this camera I suggest you have a look at Carl Garrard’s in-depth review, it’s really covering every aspect you may want to learn about. Sample shot are also provided.

The Powershot G16 sells for $449 on Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama. Be aware that there is $50 instant discount that will expire on January 3.

[via Photographic Central]

Canon Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera is a Long Term Affair (but it’s coming)

Canon Full-Frame Mirrorless CameraCanon Rumor

Thanks to the source!

I have been told that Canon is indeed researching a full-frame mirrorless camera (as posted before). However, according to the source this may not be a short term project. In other words, while Canon has a FF mirrorless camera on their radar and engineers working on the challenges such a camera poses, this camera may not come in 2015. The source says we might at best see a development announcement at the end of 2015, and that this camera will most probably not hit the market before 2016.

The source told me that Canon is researching if a FF mirrorless camera “makes any sense”, given that Canon is already able to make small-sized DSLRs (like the Rebel SL1, the world’s smallest DSLR) and is further researching ways to make even smaller DSLRs. Another point that was mentioned is that Canon already delivers very good image quality with APS-C sensors, and wants to push APS-C technology further. The high ISO performance of Canon’s new APS-C flagship, the EOS 7D Mark II, tells a long story. It’s simply amazing.

To some degree this fits with the things Canon’s Masaya Maeda said in an interview a few days ago. When asked if Canon is working on a full-frame mirrorless camera, Mr. Maeda said “Uh, I can’t answer that now”.

I think a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera is coming. It’s just a matter of when we will see it.

The Timefreezers – Bullet Time Shot Using 140 Canon Rebel T3 Cameras

The Pixelist‘s Simon Byrnes is the operator of a camera rig consisting of 140 Canon Rebel T3/EOS 1100D cameras. Usually he works for some UK dance show and captures bullet-time sequences of dancers. In his spare time he decided, just of fun, to make the video above, called The Timefreezers.

Do you think you need high megapixel cams for such jobs? Think again, the Rebel T3/EOS 1100D has a 12MP sensor. I like projects and ideas like this one, especially when inexpensive gear is used. Though, buying 140 Rebel T3s would probably break most peoples bank.

There are just a few sequences where you can spot the cameras, lined up along the stage.

[via PetaPixel]

Canon Rebel T3/EOS 1100D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay


Today Only: Canon Vixia Mini Camcorder – $129 (instead of $299)

Canon Vixia Mini

Today only: B&H Photo has the Canon Vixia Mini Camcorder discounted to $129 instead of regular $299.  This is today’s B&H Deal Zone‘s deal.

  • Supports Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video
  • Capture Up to 12MP Still Images
  • High-Sensitivity 12.8MP CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC DV 4 Processor & Canon HS SYSTEM
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & Live Streaming Function
  • Canon Movie Uploader & CameraAccess2 App
  • Supports Web-Friendly MP4 Video Format
  • Canon f/2.8 Wide-Angle Fisheye Lens
  • Capacitive 2.7″ Tilting Touch Panel LCD
  • Supports Wide & Close-Up Shooting Modes