|Introduction | Canon PowerShot G16 Lens performance | Canon PowerShot G16 Lens versus competition | Conclusion|
Following our sensor review of the new Canon PowerShot G16, we were curious to analyze the performance of the stabilized 5x optical zoom. As the equivalent to a 28-140 mm f1.8-2.8, it’s a high-speed model using all of Canon’s optical know-how. Read on to see how well it performed using our stringent tests.
With their high-quality build, full manual control, high-grade zoom lenses and Raw file option, Canon’s G-series compacts are rightly popular with enthusiasts. The PowerShot G16 is this year’s update to the firm’s high-end G15 model with a 12.1-MPix 1/1.7-inch BSI-type CMOS sensor and new Digic 6 with sensitivity running to ISO 12,800.
First featured on this model’s forerunner, the PowerShot G15, the zoom is a high-speed model the equivalent to a 28-140 mm f1.8-2.8. Not only does it have a bright variable maximum aperture but also it’s an image-stabilized lens and, unsurprisingly, has a complex optical construction. It has 11 elements in total, arranged in 9 groups, with one single-sided aspherical lens element, two double-sided aspherical lenses and one UD (low dispersion) glass element.