Conclusion: The Canon G series is once again the go-to choice for photographers looking for a serious compact camera, reviews say. The Canon PowerShot G15 delivers the total package: It's speedy, durable, easy to handle, shoots very nice photos and videos, and fits into a jacket pocket.
Pros: Outstanding photos, even in low light, Snappy performance; great handling, Big-camera features, Fits into a jacket pocket
Cons: Little manual control in video mode, No in-camera panorama
Excerpt: The Canon G15 follows the G12. The new model has a massive, robust, and heavy body and has major changes from its predecessor.
The G15 is Canon’s newest high-end compact system with a 12MP sensor (1/1.7”), a large LCD screen, and a lot of manually controlled image parameters.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot G15 is a very good compact camera with good standard features that help attract the attention of both expert users to novice users. One of the most interesting features of the camera is definitely the front ring that gives you quick access to various modes of use.
Pros: Intelligent IS, 5x optical zoom with wide-angle lens, front control dial, RAW Multi Aspect, Smart Auto to 58 scenes; Full HD 1080p; DIGIC 5; Wide opening on all zoom, manual control aperture and shutter speed, ND filter, HS System, mini-HDMI port; HDR Mode, Display 3-inch PureColor II G, High-spe...
Summary: It takes a lot for me to love a point and shoot cameras. In fact, I find very few that fit the needs of a seasoned professional. Sometimes they lack basic features I am looking for or they just can’t capture an image with the quality I am used to.
Pros: Great image quality, Professional level mode dial with lots of physical buttons, Fast f1.8-f2.8 lens, * button, Solid build
Cons: Below average viewfinder, Non-articulating screen will bother some, Some AF hunting in very low light
Summary: The Canon PowerShot G15 the newest addition to the G series of Canon, is an advanced point and shoot camera that is just full of surprises. It improves on many things when compared to the G12, at least on paper and we wonder if that actually translates into any real world performance.
Conclusion: Although the PowerShot G15 is a good camera, reluctantly we’re getting off the small-chip G-series merry-go-round – especially at its list price of $499. We’ve endorsed them for many years but times have changed.
Summary: In our Canon G15 review our testing team asks whether the G15’s new f/1.8-2.8 5x zoom lens is the best ever in a Canon G camera. Watch the video review below to find out how this new Canon camera fared.
Summary: Canon has changed the processor from the DIGIC 4 system to the DIGIC 5 image processor and upgraded the CMOS image sensor from 10.1 megapixels to 12.1 megapixels. While G12 users will lose the variable-angle LCD screen, the size has been upgraded from 2.8 inched to 3.0 inches and the screen quality...
Pros: Smart Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record, DIGIC 5 processor provides outstanding performance, Excellent overall image quality, Intelligent IS is ready for any situation, 922,000 dot, 3.0-inch LCD, Excellent Battery L...
Cons: Flash must be manually raised to operate in all shooting modes, including Smart Auto, ISO 12,800 sounds great but is unacceptable, Optical viewfinder is way off from actual image captured, Movie audio features a lot of background noise, No audio input
Summary: 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.
Pros: Good low-ISO image detail and reliable metering, Versatile, sharp and fast 28-140mm F1.8-2.8 lens, Good balance between noise reduction and detail retention at higher ISOs, Fast and responsive operation, Very pocketable format, Fast and reliable AF system, Very effective Image Stabilization syste...
Cons: Exposure compensation dial does not work in video mode (but you can set exposure compensation using the AEL button when the mode dial is set to movie), No swivel screen (vs predecessor and some competitors), No automated panorama mode (only stitch-assist), HDR mode only works well with the camera...
Summary: The G15 will do nothing to dent the PowerShot G-series' excellent reputation. It does feel a little expensive when stood against its closest competitors though -- including its sibling, the G1 X, which with the benefit of time has seen its price fall.
Pros: Redesigned top plate; Colour reproduction; Professional features; Movie performance.
Cons: Expensive in its field; Some wind noise on movies; Fixed screen.