REVIEW: Canon powershot G15: Nice deal?

Canon G15

Canon G15

Fast lens is what its peculiarity is. Among the G series cameras, this camera too follows the line and doesn’t come up with something extra ordinary. It is solid, it is advanced, it is portable, and it is compact. However, it has a small sensor and is decently priced to $499. When we talk about its image quality, it is superb. Lens is super fast and adds the edge over Canon Powershot S100, otherwise the image processing engine used and the sensor used is same.  Images that you get are a kind of contrast and comparatively the overall performance of G15 is better over G12.

When we talk about cameras in this class, they are not recommended for continuous shooting and the same follows for G15 as well. Nothing new here too! Battery life is sad too. Auto focusing is slow too. Good news is that LCD is bright, sharp. This 12.1MP camera which looks quite similar to G12 however has some distinct features over G12, and has replaced G12. The most distinct feature is the overlapped dials at the top which help to vary the exposure compensation and mode dial. So for experienced photographers, adjusting exposure mode goes in a jiffy however for the nouveau it goes a bit difficult.

Now this camera comes with a fixed screen. Not so happy! Why not articulate screen we still wonder! Also when you wish to take photos from too different angles, this camera does not support you. There is no built in wi-fi or something like GPS , if one wishes to carry the portable camera over the DSLR. The features are not majorly different from G12, which we were expecting.

Something to be delighted about this camera is the 5x Optical zoom with 28mm wide angle. The digic5 processor plays its role getting the fast and good quality images. The video quality is also upgraded to 1080p, a sigh of relief! The basic specifications not mentioned above go as: 3.0” LCD, f/1.8 lens, high speed burst HQ, intelligent IS, ISO 12800, coming with an HS system with high sensity CMOS for this 12.1MP camera.

In this camera you would find that the rubberized thumb rest has been expanded and also the shutter button is comparatively larger to G12.

So overall, this camera does come with more manual controls, but those looking forward as a replacement to DSLR for a compact camera have to still wait it seems. Because G15 is not what is going to impress you much. However if you are looking for something to be falling under the $500 bracket with more manual controls, then it is a decent camera to be bought.


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4 Responses to “REVIEW: Canon powershot G15: Nice deal?”

  1. Amedar Consulting

    Dec 01. 2012

    Thank you, I have recently been looking for information about this topic for ages and yours is the greatest I have discovered so far. But, what about the bottom line? Are you sure about the source?

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  2. Hemanth

    Dec 04. 2012

    canon powershot g15 vs s110….Which is better??

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    • Shreya

      Dec 04. 2012

      G15 is more about manual controls unlike to S110 apart from the other differences between the G and S series. So, it depends on user’s requirement. While coming to the price S110 is quite cheap than G15.

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