Canon G16 vs Nikon P7800: extras

The G16's inbuilt Wi-Fi can be used to transfer images across to a smartphone or tablet, or upload directly to services such as Facebook, making it good for social sharers. Unfortunately, the free app (available for iOS and Android), doesn't give you the ability to control the camera remotely, which seems a shame. The G16 also has a number of scene modes and digital filters as well as the fun "Hybrid Auto" mode which creates a short video compiled of clips shot before each photo taken per day. The new star mode enables the easy and automatic capture of star trails, star time lapse and star nightscape.

Sadly there's no inbuilt Wi-Fi on the P7800, with Nikon still insisting consumers purchase an extra Wi-Fi and GPS module. There are some scene modes though, and a few special effects to choose from. If you want to create a panoramic image, you'll find this hidden away in one of the scene options, but at least it is available, unlike on the G16. Both of the cameras have a hotshoe, which means you can attach external accessories, such as flashguns.

Winner: Canon G16

Canon G16 vs Nikon P7800: Price

At £489/$489, the G16 is a significant investment, costing more than an entry-level DSLR. However, you do get maximum flexibility, full manual control, raw shooting and a pocketable device, making this an excellent second camera. It's a touch more expensive than the P7800 in the UK, so if you're on a tighter budget, perhaps look to the Nikon.

In the US, these cameras are the same price. Both offer a lot for your money, despite the high price tag. Bear in mind though, that you will have to pay extra for a Wi-Fi module for the Nikon P7800 if you need it.

It's also worth noting that both of these cameras are significantly cheaper than the Sony RX100 II, which is huge competition in this segment of the market.

Winner: Draw

Verdict

It's a tough call choosing between these two cameras. Ultimately it may come down to brand preference or how much you need Wi-Fi or an articulated screen. Overall, we think the G16 offers more value for money, with a better lens and a more pocketable body size. That said, the Sony RX100 II is also definitely worthy of a look, as it has a larger sensor but a comparable body size.

Don't forget to check out the full Canon PowerShot G16 review and Nikon Coolpix P7800 review for more in-depth analysis as well as plenty of sample images and labs data.

Winner: Canon G16

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