Excerpt: Canon’s PowerShot G-series of compact digital cameras has everything it takes to bring smiles to enthusiasts. Tough build, brilliant optics, lots of external controls and stellar performance are only a few of the many great things about the cameras belonging to the series. Previous addition to the G-series was the G1 X, which was the first of its kind—a compact digital camera with a 1.5-inch type sensor (almost as large as ones found in entry-level DSLRs).
Excerpt: These include a fixed LCD monitor (the G12 offered a swivel monitor); a 12MP 1/1.7” image sensor (the G12’s sensor was 10MP); and perhaps most significantly, major changes to the lens system. The focal length of the lenses of both cameras is identical (a 5x zoom lens with 28-140mm equivalent) and both have a built-in image stabilizer, but the zoom changes on the G12 were f/2.8 to f/4.5 while the G15 aperture changes are f/1.8 to f/2.8, which allows for images with a...
Canon PowerShot G15 Review: A Professional's Point and Shoot
Digital Camera Review
30 April 2013
Summary: Conclusion As the newest member of Canon's G Series cameras, the Canon G15 does not disappoint. It is an all around excellent point and shoot for anyone ranging from amateurs to seasoned professionals. The 12.1-megapixel sensor paired with the Digic 5 image processor makes for a great combination. It is able to be used in a wide variety of settings due to the vast ISO range, the great 28-140mm focal length and the fast f1.8-f2.8 lens.
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: DPReview.com doesn't try it with the G15, but when they try it with the pricier Canon PowerShot G1 X (*Est. $750) , the software leaves seams, stitching errors and a bent horizon. Like others in its class, the Canon G15 has a USB port to hook up to a computer and an HDMI port to attach to an HDTV.
Pros: Outstanding photos, even in low light, Snappy performance and great handling, Rock-solid build, Big-camera features like a viewfinder and hot shoe, Fits into a jacket pocket
Cons: Video mode offers little manual control, No in-camera panorama
Summary: The Coolpix P7700 offers an impressive feature set, a longer zoom range than most of its competitors, a fully articulating LCD, and very good photo quality. Unfortunately, it is marred by very slow write times, especially in RAW mode which makes continuous shooting a chore, and really forces you to use the fastest memory cards available for best performance.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot G15 is an enthusiast-level camera built into a compact as opposed to an interchangeable lens system. This may leave it short on some features, but where it doesn’t compromise is on picture quality and manual controls.
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. Although this is a solid, nicely-featured point-and-shoot, there are now many and much better Compact System Cameras with larger imaging sensors available that are also much more responsive (3-plus fps).
Pros: Bright f/1.8-f/2.8 5x zoom, Quality stills and videos, Excellent image stabilization system
Cons: Better alternatives available, Pokes along in RAW, Very noisy at high ISOs
Conclusion: The Canon G15 premium compact digital camera steps up its game over its predecessor, the G12, in many ways. The most notable is the 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent) lens that's very fast for a camera of this type, ranging from f/1.8 at wide to f/2.8 at tele. The G15 has also been upgraded with a 12-megapixel, 1/1.7 CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processor, giving it an edge in image quality with good color and sharpness and minimal artifacts.
Pros: Excellent, fast f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens with 28-140mm equivalent range, Intelligent IS with up to 4-stops of correction, Upgraded to 12-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, Comfortable and ergonomic build, with a slimmer design than the G12, High quality images for enthusiast compact camera, exhibiting very good color and sharpness, Minimal geometrical distortion and chromatic aberration in JPEGs, Advanced photographic controls, including PASM dial, Easy-to-use d...
Cons: LCD screen no longer articulated (unlike its predecessor, the G12), Lens slightly soft at wide and tele, High chromatic aberration and barrel distortion at wide angle in uncorrected RAW files, Optical viewfinder has limited coverage (about 80%) and demonstrates significant parallax, Full HD videos limited to 24 frames per second, Too big to be considered a pocketable camera, unless it's a jacket or cargo shorts pocket, No WiFi or GPS, Shot-to-shot cycle time is a litt...
Excerpt: Don’t know about you, but I shudder when I read that a camera company has described a lens or a camera as being ‘bright’. I presume they mean that the lens involved is what used to be described as ‘fast’ â€¦ you know, with a maximum aperture of f1.5 or f2 or nearby. But bright â€¦?