Compact Digital

Canon PowerShot G16



  • Wide aperture throughout zoom range
  • Great low-light shots
  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS
  • Powerful DIGIC processing
  • 5x optical zoom with wide-angle
  • Steady images and movies in every situation
  • Fast Continuous Shooting
  • Enhanced strength and visibility
  • Extra control
  • High maximum ISO sensitivity
  • Aperture and shutter speed control
  • RAW in various aspect ratios
  • Share and backup images wirelessly
  • Create SLR style background blur
  • Capture starry skies with ease
  • Capture HDR without a tripod
  • Smoother 1080p movies
  • Neutral Density Filter
  • View stills and videos on TV

Specifications in detail


  • Type

    1/1.7 type back-illuminated CMOS

  • Effective Pixels

    Approx. 12.1M

  • Colour Filter Type

    Primary Colour


  • Type

    DIGIC 6 with iSAPS technology


  • Focal Length

    6.1 – 30.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 – 140 mm)

  • Zoom

    Optical 5x

    ZoomPlus 10x

    Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 20x

  • Maximum f/number


  • Construction

    11 elements in 9 groups (1 single sided aspherical lens, 1 UD lens and 2 double-sided aspherical lenses)

  • Image Stabilisation

    Yes (lens shift-type), approx. 3-stop¹. Intelligent IS with 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS


  • Type


  • AF System/ Points

    AiAF (9-point or Face Detection with Face Select and Track), 1-point AF (any position is available or fixed centre)

  • AF Modes

    Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF

  • AF Point Selection

    Size (Normal, Small)

  • AF Lock

    On/Off Selectable

  • AF Assist Beam


  • Manual Focus

    Yes, plus MF Peaking

  • Focus Bracketing


  • Closest Focusing Distance

    1 cm (W) from front of lens in macro


  • Metering modes

    Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)

  • AE Lock


  • Exposure Compensation

    +/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments

    Manual and automatic dynamic range correction

    Automatic shadow correction

    ND Filter (3 stop)

  • AEB

    1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments

  • ISO sensitivity*

    AUTO, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800


  • Speed

    1 – 1/4000 sec. (factory default)

    250 – 1/4000 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)


  • Type


  • Settings

    Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2

    Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto

    White Balance Compensation

    White Balance Compensation in Underwater mode


  • Type



  • Viewfinder

    Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder

  • Dioptre Correction



  • Monitor

    7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD (TFT). Approx. 922,000 dots

  • Coverage

    Approx. 100%

  • Brightness

    Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD


  • Modes

    Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro

  • Slow Sync Speed


    Fastest speed:

    1/2000 sec. (built-in flash)

    1/250 sec. (external flash)

    1/4000 sec. (external using high-speed synchro)

  • Red-Eye Reduction


  • Flash Exposure Compensation

    +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure

  • Flash Exposure Lock


  • Manual Power Adjustment

    3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX II and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II, 600EX and 600EX-RT¹)

  • Second Curtain Synchronisation


  • Built-in Flash Range

    50 cm – 7.0 m (W) / 50 cm – 4.5 m (T)

  • External Flash

    E-TTL with EX series Speedlite¹, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1 and HF-DC2


  • 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, FaceSelf-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

  • Modes in Movie

    Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Nostalgic, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Super Slow Motion Movie

  • Photo Effects

    My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)

  • Drive modes

    Single, Auto Drive, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer

  • Continuous Shooting

    Approx. 12.2 shots/sec for up to 5 frames then approx. 9.3 shots/sec for 522 frames¹

    with AF: Approx. 5.7 shots/sec²³

    with Live View: Approx. 5.9 shots/sec²³


  • Image Size

    4:3 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480

    16:9 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360

    3:2 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424

    1:1 - (RAW, L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480

    4:5 - (RAW, L) 2400 x 3000, (M1) 1696 x 2112, (M2) 960 x 1200, (S) 384 x 480

    Resize in playback (M2, S)

  • Compression

    RAW, Superfine, Fine

  • Movies

    (Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 60fps/30fps (HD) 1280 x 720, 30fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30fps

    Star Time-Lapse Movie (Full HD) 15fps

    Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 640 x 480, 120fps, (M) 320 x 240, 240fps

    Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5fps

    Hybrid Auto (HD)

  • Movie Length

    (Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹

    (L and M) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²

    (Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.

    (Star Time-Lapse Movie) 8/6/4 sec


  • Still Image Type

    JPEG compression (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system and DPOF ver. 1.1 compliant), RAW, RAW+JPEG

  • Movies

    MP4 [Video: MPEG4-AVC (H.264), Audio: MPEG2 AAC-LC (stereo)]


  • Canon Printers

    Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge

  • PictBridge

    Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)


  • GPS

    GPS via mobile (linked to compatible smartphone)

  • Red-Eye Correction

    Yes, during shooting and playback

  • My Category

    Image tagging feature

  • Intelligent Orientation Sensor


  • Histogram

    Yes, live histogram

  • Playback zoom

    Approx. 2x – 10x

  • Self Timer

    Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom

  • Menu Languages

    English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese


  • Computer

    Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)

  • Other

    HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

  • Computer/Other

    Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only)¹


  • Type

    SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compatible)


  • PC & Macintosh

    Windows 8/7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3

    Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.8

    For Wireless LAN connection to a PC:

    Windows 8/7 SP1

    Mac OS X v10.6.8/10.7/10.8.2 or later


  • Browsing & Printing

    ImageBrowser EX

  • Other

    Map Utility

  • Image Manipulation

    Digital Photo Professional for RAW development


  • Batteries

    Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-10L (NB-10L battery and charger supplied)

  • Battery life

    Approx. 360 shots

    Eco mode approx. 480 shots

    Approx. 420 min. playback

  • A/C Power Supply

    Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80


  • Cases / Straps

    Soft Case DCC-1620, SC-DC85

    Travel Case DCC-2500

  • Waterproof / Weatherproof Case

    Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC52, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1

  • Lenses

    Tele-converter 1.4x TC-DC58E

    Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58L

    Filter Adapter FA-DC58D (Compatible with Canon 58mm Filters: Circular Polarizing Filter PL-C (B), Neutral Density Filters ND4-L & ND8-L, Protect Filter, UV Filter, Skylight Filter, Softmat Filter No.1 & 2)

  • Flash

    Canon Speedlites (including 270EX II, 320EX, 430EX II, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-R¹), Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX (Both require Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58L),

    Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Bracket BKT-DC1, Speedlite Bracket SB-E2

  • Remote Controller/ Switch

    Remote Switch RS-60E3

  • Power Supply & Battery Chargers

    AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80, Battery Charger CB-2LCE

  • Other

    Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100, interface cable IFC-400PCU


  • Operating Environment

    0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity

  • Dimensions (WxHxD)

    108.8 x 75.9 x 40.3 mm

  • Weight

    Approx. 356 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

  1. ¹ Depending on the image size selected.

  2. ¹ Values at maximum optical focal length. Cameras whose focal length exceeds 350mm (35mm equivalent) are measured at 350mm.

  3. ¹ Some settings limit availability.

  4. ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.

  5. ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.

  6. ¹ Sustained continuous shooting function requires compatible SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory card, total number of frames captured varies depending on shooting subject.

    ² Under conditions where the flash does not fire.

    ³ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

  7. ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.

    ² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

  8. ¹ Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Wi-Fi support varies by device and region. For more information visit

  9. ¹ Not all functions of the flash are supported.