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. Only the pricier Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 (Est. $440) , with its big 20-megapixel image sensor, comes more highly recommended in reviews of pocket cameras.
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
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-speed Burst HQ
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: 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...
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. Despite a small sensor, it manages to squeeze out every bit of performance from a tiny, non-BSI sensor.
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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 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. Nonetheless, performance is good and the wide maximum aperture at both ends of the zoom is seriously tempting.
Pros: Redesigned top plate; Colour reproduction; Professional features; Movie performance.
Cons: Expensive in its field; Some wind noise on movies; Fixed screen.
Summary: At an MRP of Rs 34,995, the PowerShot G15 may come across as being highly over-priced to you, but we don’t feel so. You get performance close to that of an entry-level DSLR in a pocketable form. In fact, the optics of the G15 is far better than the bundled 18-55 mm lens you get with entry-level DSLRs. Plus, you get macro shooting capability, which calls for a macro lens in the case of DSLRs.
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