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Canon G16 vs YI M1

The Canon PowerShot G16 and the YI M1 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in August 2013 and September 2016. The G16 is a fixed lens compact, while the M1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The cameras are based on a 1/1.7-inch (G16) and a Four Thirds (M1) sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 12 megapixels, whereas the YI provides 20.2 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon G16 versus YI M1
Canon G16 YI M1
Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
28-140mm f/1.8-2.8 Micro Four Thirds lenses
12 MP, 1/1.7" Sensor 20.2 MP, Four Thirds Sensor
1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 80-12,800 ISO 100-25,600
Optical viewfinder No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 922k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed touchscreen
2.2 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
360 shots per battery charge450 shots per battery charge
109 x 76 x 40 mm, 356 g 114 x 64 x 34 mm, 281 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot G16 and the YI M1? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Canon G16 and the YI M1 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M1 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the G16 is only available in black.

Size Canon G16 vs YI M1
Compare G16 versus M1 top
Comparison G16 or M1 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the YI M1 is notably smaller (12 percent) than the Canon G16. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the G16 nor the M1 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the G16 has a lens built in, whereas the M1 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the M1 and their specifications in the Micro Four Thirds Lens Catalog.

The power pack in the M1 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
2.
 
YI M1 114 mm 64 mm 34 mm 281 g 450 n Sep 2016 349 i
3.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399 i
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 116 mm 74 mm 66 mm 553 g 240 n Feb 2014 799 i
5.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549 i
6.
 
Canon G1 X 117 mm 81 mm 65 mm 534 g 250 n Jan 2012 799 i
7.
 
Canon G15 107 mm 76 mm 40 mm 352 g 350 n Sep 2012 499 i
8.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599 i
9.
 
Canon G12 112 mm 76 mm 48 mm 401 g 370 n Sep 2010 499 i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 117 mm 67 mm 40 mm 339 g 410 n Aug 2016 399 i
11.
 
Fujifilm X30 119 mm 72 mm 60 mm 423 g 470 n Aug 2014 599 i
12.
 
Fujifilm X20 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 353 g 270 n Jan 2013 599 i
13.
 
Nikon 1 J5 98 mm 60 mm 32 mm 231 g 250 n Apr 2015 399 i
14.
 
Nikon P7800 119 mm 78 mm 50 mm 399 g 350 n Sep 2013 549 i
15.
 
Panasonic GX850 107 mm 65 mm 33 mm 269 g 210 n Jan 2017 549 i
16.
 
Panasonic GF7 107 mm 65 mm 33 mm 266 g 230 n Jan 2015 499 i
17.
 
Panasonic LX7 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Jul 2012 499 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon G16 features a 1/1.7-inch sensor and the YI M1 a Four Thirds sensor. The sensor area in the M1 is 436 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 4.65 and 2.0. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Canon G16 and YI M1 sensor measures

With 20.2MP, the M1 offers a higher resolution than the G16 (12MP), but the M1 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 3.34μm versus 1.87μm for the G16) due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the M1 is a much more recent model (by 3 years) than the G16, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units.

The resolution advantage of the YI M1 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the M1 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 19.4 inches or 65.8 x 49.4 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 15.6 inches or 52.7 x 39.5 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 13 inches or 43.9 x 32.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon G16 are 20 x 15 inches or 50.8 x 38.1 cm for good quality, 16 x 12 inches or 40.6 x 30.5 cm for very good quality, and 13.3 x 10 inches or 33.9 x 25.4 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon PowerShot G16 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the YI M1 are ISO 100 to ISO 25600 (no boost).

G16 versus M1 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.7230 54
2.
 
YI M1 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p...... ..
3.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.8581 58
5.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.3843 63
6.
 
Canon G1 X 1.5-inch 14.2 4352 32641080/24p21.710.8644 60
7.
 
Canon G15 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/24p19.911.5165 46
8.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.2827 65
9.
 
Canon G12 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/24p20.411.2161 47
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p...... ..
11.
 
Fujifilm X30 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p...... ..
12.
 
Fujifilm X20 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p...... ..
13.
 
Nikon 1 J5 1-inch 20.7 5568 37124K/15p21.112.0479 65
14.
 
Nikon P7800 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/30p21.211.7200 54
15.
 
Panasonic GX850 Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34484K/30p23.213.3586 73
16.
 
Panasonic GF7 Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34481080/60p...... ..
17.
 
Panasonic LX7 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p20.711.7147 50

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the M1 provides a better video resolution than the G16. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the Canon is limited to 1080/60p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the G16 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the M1 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon G16 and YI M1 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
2.
 
YI M1none n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n
3.
 
Canon SX730none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 5.2 Y Y
5.
 
Canon SL1optical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
6.
 
Canon G1 Xoptical n 3.0 922 Swivel n 1/4000s 1.9 Y Y
7.
 
Canon G15optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.1 Y Y
8.
 
Canon Mnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
9.
 
Canon G12optical n 2.8 461 swivel n 1/4000s 1.1 Y Y
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A3none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
11.
 
Fujifilm X302360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
12.
 
Fujifilm X20optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
13.
 
Nikon 1 J5none n 3.0 1037 tilting Y 1/4000s 60.0 Y n
14.
 
Nikon P7800921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y
15.
 
Panasonic GX850none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/500s 10.0 Y n
16.
 
Panasonic GF7none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/500s 5.8 Y n
17.
 
Panasonic LX7optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The G16 has one, while the M1 does not. While the built-in flash of the G16 is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

The Canon G16 and the YI M1 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the G16 and the M1 write their files to SDXC cards. The G16 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the M1 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon PowerShot G16 and YI M1 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
2.
 
YI M1Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Canon SX730-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon SL1YmonomonoY-mini2.0---
6.
 
Canon G1 XYstereomono--mini2.0---
7.
 
Canon G15Ystereomono--mini2.0---
8.
 
Canon MYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
9.
 
Canon G12Ystereomono--mini2.0---
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A3Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
11.
 
Fujifilm X30Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
12.
 
Fujifilm X20Ystereomono--micro2.0---
13.
 
Nikon 1 J5-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
14.
 
Nikon P7800YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
15.
 
Panasonic GX850-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
16.
 
Panasonic GF7-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
17.
 
Panasonic LX7Ystereomono--mini2.0---

Both the G16 and the M1 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The G16 replaced the earlier Canon G15, while the M1 does not have a direct predecessor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and YI websites.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon G16 and the YI M1? Which camera is better? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot G16:

  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Ready to shoot: Has a lens built-in, whereas the M1 requires a separate lens.
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in August 2013).

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Advantages of the YI M1:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (20.2 vs 12MP), which boosts linear resolution by 30%.
  • Better image quality: Is equipped with a larger and more technologically advanced sensor.
  • Richer colors: The sensor size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger sensor captures a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger sensor produces good images even in poorly lit environments.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/60p).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 922k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5 vs 2.2 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More flexible: Takes interchangeable lenses and can thus be used with specialty optics.
  • More compact: Is smaller (114x64mm vs 109x76mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (450 versus 360) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More modern: Reflects 3 years of technical progress since the G16 launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the M1 is the clear winner of the contest (15 : 6 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

G16 06:15 M1

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon G16 and the YI M1 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Travel-Zoom Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the G16 or the M1. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
2.
 
YI M1....69/100.... Sep 2016 349 i
3.
 
Canon SX730..+..4/54/5 Apr 2017 399 i
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II3/5+77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799 i
5.
 
Canon SL14/5+78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549 i
6.
 
Canon G1 X5/5+76/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2012 799 i
7.
 
Canon G154/5+76/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 499 i
8.
 
Canon M3/5+..4/54/5 Jul 2012 599 i
9.
 
Canon G124/5+73/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2010 499 i
10.
 
Fujifilm X-A3....74/1004.5/54/5 Aug 2016 399 i
11.
 
Fujifilm X304/5..76/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2014 599 i
12.
 
Fujifilm X204/5+ +77/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 599 i
13.
 
Nikon 1 J5......4.5/54.5/5 Apr 2015 399 i
14.
 
Nikon P78003/5....4/54.5/5 Sep 2013 549 i
15.
 
Panasonic GX850..+76/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 549 i
16.
 
Panasonic GF74/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2015 499 i
17.
 
Panasonic LX73/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2012 499 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon G16 vs YI M1

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon G16 YI M1
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens 28-140mm f/1.8-2.8 Micro Four Thirds lenses
    Launch Date August 2013 September 2016
    Launch Price USD 549 USD 349
    Sensor Specs Canon G16 YI M1
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/1.7" Sensor Four Thirds Sensor
    Sensor Size 7.44 x 5.58 mm 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Sensor Area 41.5152 mm2 224.9 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 9.3 mm 21.6 mm
    Crop Factor 4.65x 2.0x
    Sensor Resolution 12 Megapixels 20.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4000 x 3000 pixels 5184 x 3888 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.87 μm 3.34 μm
    Pixel Density 28.91 MP/cm2 8.96 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 54 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.0 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.7 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 230 ..
    Screen Specs Canon G16 YI M1
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 80%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon G16 YI M1
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 2.2 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Canon G16 YI M1
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon G16 YI M1
    Battery Type NB-10L BXM-10
    Battery Life (CIPA)360 shots per charge450 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 109 x 76 x 40 mm
    (4.3 x 3.0 x 1.6 in)
    114 x 64 x 34 mm
    (4.5 x 2.5 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 356 g (12.6 oz) 281 g (9.9 oz)

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