Canon announces PowerShot G16 pro compact camera

Canon G16
Pro’s favourite? The G16 continues Canon’s long line of high-end compacts. Picture: Canon.

Canon has announced that its latest “G” series PowerShot camera, the G16, will go on sale from October.

The PowerShot G16 is the latest in Canon’s long-running series of professional-spec zoom compacts. Used as a backup or pocket camera by a large percentage of professional photographers, the G series PowerShots are well-regarded for both their build quality, the quality of their pictures, and their manual controls.

The G16 is based around a five-times optical zoom, with a fast lens that ranges from f1.8 to f2.8, and a 12.1 megapixel sensor. The sensor itself is a 1/1.7 inches back-illuminated CMOS unit, and the camera supports ISO ranges from 80 to  12800, combined with a new, Digic 6 image processor.

For stills, the G16 records both JPEG and RAW files. Unlike competing cameras from Panasonic and Nikon, the G16 retains an optical viewfinder.

Canon has also boosted the G16’s video capabilities. It can now record up to 60fps in full HD (1080p); there is also support for 720p recording and timelapse. Recording is to MP4 files — MPEG4-AVC (H.264) – with audio as stereo AAC.

For video, the camera can zoom during filming, and offers tracking AF for moving subjects. Canon says the camera also has “Fine Movie Detail” and noise reduction for low-light filming. Unusually for this type of camera, the G16 has peaking for manual focus.

The G16 has built-in WiFi support, and will cost £529.99 in the UK. Canon is also releasing the S120, a compact zoom based around the same image processor.