Conclusion: I am a previous owner of G11. In comparison, the G15 has a pop-up flash and no swivel back. It has a new menu system that is better organized than the G11. You have horizon indicator. Sensor has 2 more megapixels. The aperture has 6 leaves. The lens at wide angle is f1.8 and f2.8 at telephoto. The latter was on my improvement wish list. The pop-up flash has delicate plastic linkages. I preferred the fixed flash on the G11/G12. Now it is on my wish list.
Pros: lens is f1.8 at low focal length, better organized menus system, nice black and white shots
Cons: no swivel back, pop-up flash, no raw recording option in b&w
Excerpt: I bought this camera to substitute my 60D when I'm travelling, which is most of the time. It is as the DPReview test states, a solid camera whose deeper modes and features are easily accessible without having to dive into menus or go searching for elusive buttons. If you want the feel of the Fuji x-1's et al then here's your poor man's version. It has a viewfinder!!
Summary: Camera was precisely as stated in the description. It was to be an upgrade from my G11, which the camera fulfills completely. I had been thinking of buying an interchangeable-lens compact camera (4/3, micro 4/3, or mirrorless) , but realized that carrying around two or three lenses with a body might be more than I wanted to mess with. The G11 had worked so well for so many years, I decided to stick with the brand and proven "G" line.
Not bad Canon, but you missed a couple of key features.
15 January 2014
Summary: I had a Canon G12 prior to this and had to send it back for some warranty work which is very disappointing to say the least. But when the G15 came out, boasting a higher MP count and other features, it seemed like a no brainer. The Pros: Definitely has fantastic picture quality Lightweight Fast aperture (F1.8) Nice built in features Full manual control (Dslr like in this way) Solid build construction Decent battery life Portable The Cons: No vari-angle LCD.
Conclusion: I purchased this camera a couple weeks before Christmas and have used it almost everyday since. Images are outstanding, particularly the low-light images I took at various candlelight services...stunning, and that's my wife's words, not just mine. Has an abundance of features including a fast lens, f1.8 at 28mm and only f2.8 even at 140mm! Love setting my G15 on a tripod and using the built-in ND filter for images of moving water.
Pros: good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Nice features/settings, excellent image quality, durable, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
Summary: We have used it now for a couple weeks and it is great for family shots. I have not yet fully explored the manual and all the features but am very impressed so far. We bought a cheap "point and shoot" camera last year and got what we paid for. I wish we would have spent the extra money then and saved the frustration and terrible photos i took with that camera!
Pros: Easy to use out of box, Great manual, Great Pictures, Man Operation If Require, Point and shoot
Summary: I previously had a Canon 990 so my thoughts on this G12 are based on that camera. I like that this camera has many of the 990 features that I am use to. The next pix delay on this camera is much shorter, the low light and flash performance exceeds that of the 990, and the controls on this camera are much more substantial and easier to use! I wish that the lens had a covering that would protect it better.
Pros: Excellent in low light, Excellent manual, External Flash Capable, Fits in my pocket, Made Of Quality Materials, Many usable features, Optical Viewfinder