In camera years, Canon’s G-Series is now drawing a pension and should really be scratching out a will. And when a product line is so successful and so mature, it gets hard to improve on it. The G15 had a big sensor, a fast ƒ1.8 lens and a handy front control dial, as well as all the rugged capability that made the G-Series last this long.
The new G16 adds very little, but it get one hugely handy update: Wi-Fi.
These days, Wi-Fi in a camera is almost essential — I know I miss it in my Fujifilm X100S. Photos can be transferred to your iOS device using Canon’s companion app, but hopefully it’ll also be compatible with something like PhotoSync or ShutterSnitch — I haven’t used Canon’s CameraWindow app, but I have used its iEPP app for printing and it’s just as bad as the driver software Canon has always made.
Otherwise, almost nothing is new. The processor has been upgraded to DIGIC 6, the shortcut button has been moved over to the left of the rear panel making it easier to use with the camera to the eye, and video can now be shot in 1080p at 60fps instead of 30fps. The body design has been tweaked ever-so-slightly, but there really isn’t much here. Except that Wi-Fi.
- 1 One human year equals five years, which makes the G-Series around 75 years old. “Around,” because at least one number was skipped, there was no G8. ↩
- Source Canon