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
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: If you're looking for pro features in a compact camera, the PowerShot G15 has them in spades. It has an optical viewfinder, can take lens filters and even has a useful hotshoe for connecting an external flash. So we know this is no point-and-shoot but how are the images?
Pros: Excellent image quality, Optical viewfinder, Pro controls
Summary: Buy this camera if: - You want a customisable camera with manual controls. - You'd like plenty of scene pre-sets and Creative Filters. - You’re interested in shooting raw files. - You want effective image stabilisation. - You require high resolution and low noise levels at high ISO settings. - You’d like the ability to shoot 1080p HD video clips and low-resolution slow-motion movies. Don’t buy this camera if : - You require an adjustable LCD monitor.
Cons: You require an adjustable LCD monitor., You want to take long exposures with high ISO settings. Don’t buy this camera if :, You require an adjustable LCD monitor., You want to take long exposures with high ISO settings.
Excerpt: The G15 has a 12.1 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom f/1.8-2.8 lens, ideal for shooting in low light and is a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. To help counteract shake there is Intelligent IS - a 4-stop optical image stabiliser. For faster shutter speeds in low light you can shoot right up to ISO 12800. For shooting fast moving objects there is quick auto focus and high-speed burst HQ which can record at 10 fps in full resolution.
Pros: Fast f/1.8-2.8 lens, Full 1080p HD video recording, 10 fps continuous shooting at full resolution, Much improved screen resolution, 1cm minimum focusing distance, Excellent image quality, Images are usable throughout the ISO range, Plenty of creativity modes
Cons: Some may have preferred the articulating screen that the, Using the optical viewfinder may be a little uncomfortable for some, Price puts it up there with mirrorless cameras and entry-level DSLRs
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot G15 has had a lot of time to ponder its market position. It's been two whole years since the launch of the previous G12 model, and it's used that time wisely - the G15 is smaller, sports a new design and simultaneously crams in a far brighter aperture f/1.8-2.8 28-140mm equivalent lens.
Pros: Wide aperture throughout zoom range is impressive, smaller than predecessor, great image quality straight from camera, raw capture, impressive autofocus in all lighting conditions, excellent stabilisation system
Cons: Expensive, bulky, shorter zoom than some competitors, 85 per cent field-of-view in viewfinder is limiting and there's zero focus or settings feedback to the eye, high ISO settings still aren't all that, occasional "black out" issue