The Canon PowerShot G15 caters to an advanced shooter with a 12MP 1/1.7"-type sensor, larger than that of a typical point-and-shoot, matched with a fast 28-140mm (equivalent) F1.8-2.8 lens. Full 1080p HD video recording is available at 24 fps with dual built-in microphones, and in High Speed burst HQ mode the G15 will shoot up to 10 frames per second. Unlike previous G-series PowerShots with articulated LCDs, the G15 offers a fixed 3.0-inch LCD, a trade-off that trimmed its size down by about 15%, making this a more pocketable model. Like its predecessors, it offers a generous number of external controls and excellent build quality.
Canon PowerShot G15 Compact Camera
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“ With its combination of very decent image quality, responsive operation, quick AF, excellent build quality and its versatile and fast lens, the Canon Powershot G15 is a safe bet for most photographers looking for a 'serious' compact.”
- 12MP 1/1.7"-type CMOS sensor
- 28-140mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens, 4-stop 'Intelligent IS'.
- ISO 80-12800
- 1080, 24fps HD video
- 10 fps continous shooting (maximum of 10 frames)
- Fixed 3.0 inch PureColor II G LCD with 920,000 dots
- Optical viewfinder
- 12-bit multi aspect RAW+JPEG as found in Canon EOS DSLRs
- Dual-axis electronic level
- Built-in flash plus hot shoe for Canon Speedlites
- Utitlizes 58mm threaded filters with adapter FA-DC58D (sold separately)
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Other resolutions||4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes (2)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–140 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F1.8 - F2.8|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT PureColor II G LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Minimum shutter speed||15 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||7.00 m|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain|
|Continuous drive||2 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Videography notes||Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||352 g (0.78 lb / 12.42 oz)|
|Dimensions||107 x 76 x 40 mm (4.21 x 2.99 x 1.57″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The Canon Powershot G15 is a well-refined product and a joy to use. It is very quick and responsive in operation, built like a tank and offers the most external controls in its class. In combination with the fast 28-140mm F1.8-2.8 lens that makes it a very versatile and pocketable photographic tool that offers almost the same degree of control as much larger DSLRs.
Photographers who want DSLR-like controls and build-quality in a pocketable package
Not So Good For
Video shooters or users who cannot live without an articulated screen
Best G so far.
There are some technical pros to this new G15 over the past G cameras. Most of the pluses have been explained very well by other posts. All I can hope to do here, is to explain what the G15 brings to me personally. First off, I have owned the G9, G10, and G12.The G10 was my favorite. What now makes the G15 my favorite G, is … (1) The great new bright lens, (2) The new smaller (but not to small) slim shape and ergonomics, (3) Performance of the new Digic 5, (4) The new CMOS sensor and the ...
Great Travel Gear
Just got it and left my 7D and lenses at home. Travel was a breeze with it. No regrets on picture quality either. It will definately be my go to gear for out of town.
This suits me just fine...
I had wanted the RX100 (and still do!) but the G15 is much cheaper, easier to hold, has a viewfinder (ok, not the best, but it has one), a faster lens, better IS, and seems more DSLR-like (to me, anyway). I compared shots with the G12. Flash not needed when sometimes it is with the G12. The smaller size is very nice and the Digic 5 pays dividends. IQ really good and macro is excellent. The camera just works under nearly all conditions. The dials and wheels are great. To me, ...
I would buy this but...if only camera makers would listen.
This looks like a big improvement on the G12. My son has the G12 and I have the Canon S90. I am in the market for another compact and the hopefuls were G15, the S110 or the Sony RX100. Unfortunately there is just not enough that grabs me. What I like about the G15 is the lens performance. F1.8 - 2.8. This is what attracts me to this camera over the Sony F1.8-F4.9. The high f-number on the telephoto end of the sony turns me off. If the G15 was 24-140, not 28-140 (or 24-120 like the S110) with ...
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G15 or S110?
I'm trying to help a friend who wants a smaller alternative to carry around vs a DSLR. I have no first hand experience with either of these cameras. Closest I've come to is the G16. The price difference is only approx. 50 dollars so it's not really the money unless saving the extra 50 is an added bonus. The G15 is the more expensive. Other than the size and weight...........I'm not sure what differences are involved here. I suppose since both have the same size sensor (I believe) and both shoot in raw.....what else is there to know? Anyone have any experience with both and/or have any input to share?
The s100 has a wider lens, touchscreen and wifi. The g15 has more external controls, a (small) viewfinder, a faster lens for better low light, and a longer zoom. To me, I'd think if it was a younger person or someone who likes gadgets, go with the S110. If its someone who is more of a traditionalist or a photography enthusiast, go with the G15. Hope that helps! Continue Reading
What camera gives the most publishable results in the smallest package?
Hello! This is my first post even though I have been following dpreview for years now, on and off. I'm currently looking for a replacement for my Canon 40D. I'm in the market because I wan't to shoot video and pics of my future dog that will be born sometime in april onwards. The 40D doesn't have video and that's the main reason I need a new camera. I don't want to shoot crappy Samsung Galaxy S3 video. I'm also an artist, and although my photography has been on a break, I would like to have sufficient gear to shoot high qualiity art photography with. The 40D is a fine camera, but I'm not completely satisfied with the low accuracy for larger prints. Story of What I've Already Considered: I'm somewhat on a budget and at first I was considering a compact, like Canon Powershot S110 or Olympus Stylus XZ-2. I was debating the size. Then I went camera crazy and upped my budget. There came the Canon S120, G15 and G16. Fujifilm X20 etc. Then I found sony cameras, the Sony RX100 and RX100 II. ...
For what you are looking for I think you should take a close look at micro four thirds cameras. The former Sony NEX line/new a6000 and similar apsc sensor mirrorless cameras are really nice. However, you are still essentially using lighter versions of apsc sized lenses. With micro four thirds you are getting a slightly smaller sensor but the lenses are also much smaller. This gives you a smaller overall package. The Panasonic GM1 is tiny. The system is also pretty mature so there are tons of lens options at various price points and a large market for used lenses compared to other mirrorless systems. I would take a look at the Panasonic GX7. It has great image quality in a small package and the auto focus is fast. All photos taken with a modern digital camera are publishable. In fact, you probably don't need more that 5 megapixels for enough resolution to publish something in a good sized print. Always remember, it is really the photographer that makes the photo, not the ... Continue Reading
What camera was this taken with??? (or cell phone) If you want publishable results, ask yourself, what kind of theme's are you shooting? Nature, people, create your own (studio/outdoors) scene, action, close, far, National Geo, travel pics, social pics, product pics, and so on. I have a feeling that you may be happiest with the RX10, even though it is not the smallest - but it seems to bring together most of what you desire. It certainly has the best video quality. The RX100-II and Nex-6 with kit lens perform similar - you have to consider the Nex-6 with higher IQ (faster) lenses to make a difference. If so, the Nex-6/A6000 is a good choice. I have not looked at the G1X-II - it is RX10 like, but smaller (less reach), and it incorporates a larger (but Canon) sensor. Something else to consider. I would not consider anything with a smaller than 1" sensor. Continue Reading
Yeah, and I haven't seen a better sensor score in a smaller package. You really don't know what you want... as evidenced by your own responses to YOUR thread. You have successfully "milked" this thread for all it's (its) worth. Get a camera, take some pics, and get a life! Continue Reading
a case for the G15
anyone find a good case for the g15 ?
I don't understand why someone would give thumbs down about me asking about a case for the G15. Maybe he does not need one but I do. And anyone who has a G15 does. This forum is here to help.......some people need to get a life Continue Reading
Try this out: http://www.tamrac.com/5689.htm Regards, EmmeBi Continue Reading
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