We’ve yet to analyze the lens of this model’s traditional rival, the new Nikon Coolpix P7800. But, when compared to serious challengers, in the form the firm’s PowerShot G1X and the Sony RX100 II with their physically larger, higher pixel count sensors; the performance of the G16 model’s lens gains some perspective.
Overall sharpness is lower but it is well corrected and has several benefits. It has less variance in IQ across the zoom range, lower distortion and better control of peripheral illumination (vignetting). Chromatic aberration is also very low compared with the Zeiss branded zoom of the Sony.
The lens used on the G16 has the advantage over those models of projecting a smaller image circle, but, with the exception of outright sharpness, it’s a good performance overall.