Canon PowerShot G16 lens review: High speed, High IQ?

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday October 29 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Canon PowerShot G16 Lens performance | Canon PowerShot G16 Lens versus competition | Conclusion
Canon PowerShot G16 lens review: High speed, High IQ?

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. 

Canon PowerShot G16 Lens performance

Canon PowerShot G16 Lens versus competition

Conclusion