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Canon PowerShot G15 12MP Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)

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  • Bright 3-inch LCD with 922,000 dots enables easy viewing
  • 12.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5 image processor
  • 5x optical zoom (28mm-140mm)
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible
  • Battery Charger
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 3 inches ; 12.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009B0MY6S
  • Item model number: 6350B001
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 17, 2012

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Explore Imaging Excellence

PowerShot G15

Reaching new heights in speed, agility and creative possibilities, the PowerShot G15 gives photographers plenty of reasons to be delighted over. The excitement starts with the newly developed 5x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle, bright f/1.8(W) – f/2.8 (T) lens that performs beautifully across the entire zoom range, even in low light, and can create dramatic soft backgrounds with shallow depth-of-field. Additional great features for the PowerShot G15 include Canon's HS SYSTEM, which combines a High-Sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor for ultra-fast performance and phenomenal image quality, a new dual axis electronic level, plus upgraded video capture in 1080p Full HD with stereo sound. The PowerShot G15 is designed to inspire and support your advanced creativity with 12-bit multi aspect RAW+JPEG just like in Canon's EOS line of DSLR cameras, new High Speed AF which dramatically reduces lag time when shooting, and the ability to add optional Speedlite flashes and a Tele-Converter Lens. When you’re ready to take the next step in your photographic journey, PowerShot G15 is ready to get you there.

A Bright and Powerful New Lens

PowerShot G15
Newly developed 5x Optical Zoom (28mm–140mm) and a bright f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T) lens allows you to capture more in your frame. It is also ideal for low-light conditions or using shallow depth-of-field for dramatic, soft backgrounds.

Newly engineered specifically for the PowerShot G15, the camera's 28mm Wide-Angle 5x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 6.1–30.5mm (35mm film equivalent: 28–140mm) achieves f/1.8–f/2.8, making it one of the camera's most exciting features. The Wide-Angle lens gives your images a distinctive sweep and grandeur, capturing landscapes, cityscapes, tall buildings and wide groups of people with ease. The large f/1.8–2.8 aperture allows you to achieve shallow depth-of-field for creating portraits with beautiful, soft background blur, and incomparable Canon optical technology delivers a high performance lens enabling incredible images, even in low light.

Beautiful Images and Fast Performance Start Here

12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor

The PowerShot G15 employs a Canon 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, which delivers state-of-the-art imaging performance and is optimized for use in compact cameras. Utilizing a sophisticated light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture with reduced noise. It is also a high-speed design, capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.

Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor

The latest-generation Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor works with the PowerShot G15's image sensor to bring phenomenal increases in processing speed and power, delivering incredible detail in more situations, without the need for artificial light sources. Improved noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds up to ISO 12800. The faster processing speed results in faster continuous shooting capability while maintaining full image quality. With the power of the DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the PowerShot G15 can achieve higher ISO sensitivity and even perform advanced functions like lens correction, special scene modes and much more.

Canon HS SYSTEM for exceptional low-light performance up to ISO 12800

The PowerShot G15 gives you the power to create images with spectacular depth, detail and emotional resonance. The 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor works in concert with Canon's own latest-generation DIGIC 5 Image Processor to create the renowned Canon HS SYSTEM. With the Canon HS SYSTEM, you'll experience excellent tracking performance even in low light, and achieve gorgeous still image quality even at high ISO speeds all the way up to ISO 12800; beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur in a variety of situations for incredible photos and videos.

Get the Complete HD Experience

PowerShot G15
Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; video functions include fine detail movie processing for lifelike images, zoom while shooting, and convenient playback on an HDTV via the HDMI output.

Simply touch the dedicated movie button, now conveniently embedded in the PowerShot G15's thumb pad, to start recording video in 1080p Full HD. Video captured in 1080p Full HD is breathtakingly vivid and realistic, and Canon's Fine Detail Movie Processing achieves beautiful videos with high resolution processing that records approximately 4x the amount of information during video shooting for even greater image clarity and sharp portrayal of even the most delicate of details. You're free to use the full range of the zoom in movie mode, and sound is recorded in stereo. An HDMI output allows you to view and share your video on an HDTV immediately, simply by connecting the camera to the TV with an optional HDMI cable.

Faster Focus and High-speed Shooting

PowerShot G15
High Speed AF greatly improves focus speed and High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 10 frames* while maintaining superb image quality.

The PowerShot G15 is equipped with Canon's latest advancement in AF technology: High Speed AF. The result of several improved technologies, High Speed AF delivers significantly faster focus speed for a super-responsive shooting experience that lets you capture every great shot as it happens. Thanks to High Speed AF, the PowerShot G15's shooting time lag is dramatically reduced to only 0.22 seconds. The technology also powers the camera's new High-Speed Burst HQ, with continuous capture at a maximum speed of approximately 10 fps. Moreover, images captured in High-Speed Burst HQ maintain the camera's superb image quality.
* The continuous shooting speed is approximately 10.0 fps.

Optimal Image Stabilization in Any Situation

Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.

It's easy to capture clear, steady images with the PowerShot G15, even in low light without using a tripod. That's because the camera is equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS. The system analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation – allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes.

Normal Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Macro (Hybrid) Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Dynamic Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Powered Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
Tripod When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

Set Your Creativity Free

Full range of shooting and recording modes, including 12-bit multi aspect RAW+JPEG as found in Canon EOS DSLR cameras, for the ultimate creative control.

As with many EOS DSLR cameras, the PowerShot G15 uses a 12-bit converter to process the output of the CMOS sensor, resulting in true color, smooth tonal transitions and natural gradations. The PowerShot G15 lets you shoot in RAW mode, which records all the information captured by the sensor, giving you outstanding flexibility and complete creative control when editing your images with Canon's powerful bundled software, and the camera allows you to record in RAW and JPEG formats simultaneously. Now in RAW mode, you can even select among several aspect ratios, including 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 4:5.

Take Your Creativity Further with Optional Accessories

A host of optional accessories including Speedlite flashes, underwater housing and a Tele-Converter Lens expands imaging possibilities.

The PowerShot G15 lets you expand your creative options with a variety of optional accessories. Newly designed for the PowerShot G15, Tele-Converter TC-DC58E* enlarges the zoom's reach by 1.4x. A lens hood is included to block unnecessary light from outside the angle of view.

Several Canon Speedlite flashes are also available for use with the PowerShot G15 to give you advanced options for exposure and illumination*. Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX is perfect for close-up and macro shooting, and the innovative Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX delivers a directional quality to macro illumination.

With Underwater Housing WP-DC48, you can use your PowerShot G15 to document your snorkeling and diving adventures all the way to depths of 130 ft. (40m). The case is also great for protecting the camera from rain, ocean spray at the beach and any wet conditions.
* Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58L is required for Tele-Converter TC-DC58E and Speedlite flashes.

Bright, High Resolution LCD

Bright 3.0-inch LCD with 922,000 dots enables easy viewing, plus an Optical Viewfinder for added versatility.

The camera's big, bright 3.0-inch LCD screen makes framing, shooting and camera adjustments easy with a wide viewing angle, high contrast, and excellent color reproduction. Resolution is excellent at 922,000 dots; you'll see every detail of what you're shooting. For added shooting versatility, the camera is also equipped with a newly developed, real-image type Optical Viewfinder for an easy, familiar alternative to composing shots with an LCD screen. You can ensure a perfectly clear view by making dioptric adjustments within a range of approximately ±2 m-1 (diopter).

Additional Features

Dual Axis Electronic Level

The PowerShot G15 has a Dual Axis Electronic Level, featuring an artificial horizon over the image on the rear LCD screen or in the viewfinder for easy leveling while shooting. The dual axis electronic level shows both horizontal roll and vertical pitch, making it easy to identify when the camera is in a fixed level shooting position and ready to take the shot.

EOS-like Dial Setting

Like EOS Digital SLR cameras, the PowerShot G15 employs a pro-style Front Dial. The Front Dial can be set to control shooting parameters including focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, step zoom, exposure compensation, white balance, i-Contrast and aspect ratio.

Appending Copyright Information

The in-camera copyright information feature helps professionals secure control over images by setting copyright data directly into the camera and appending that information to each image file in the EXIF metadata.

Shooting Modes

PowerShot cameras offer shooting modes that make it easy to take perfect photos in a wide range of shooting situations by providing intelligent presets with optimized settings.

Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Custom Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
Manual You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-Priority You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Movie Digest Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video. Now easily playback and review clips, and delete unwanted scenes.
Portrait The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”
Smooth Skin Removes dullness, wrinkles, and harsh shadows for beautiful faces.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
High-Speed Burst HQ Captures fast-action shots at full sensor resolution, by shooting continuously when the shutter button is held down.
Handheld Night Scene Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional Underwater Case required.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Stitch Assist Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos.
Creative Filters This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
High Dynamic Range The camera combines three different exposures to get one evenly lit image.
Nostalgic Create the look and feel of old photographs using sepia tones and black-and-white.
Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills Emphasizes perspectives for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of the image.
Soft Focus Creates a hazy ambiance that’s perfect for portraits and wedding photos.
Super Vivid Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Movie Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Super Slow Motion Movie Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
Direct Connect to Your Printer

It's quick and easy to make beautiful prints from your PowerShot camera with Canon's Direct Print system. Directly connect your PowerShot camera to a Canon PIXMA or SELPHY photo printer with a USB cable and simply press the button to print; turn every favorite moment into an amazing photo.

Available in 30 Languages

There are now a total of 30 display languages from which you can choose: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese.

Product Description

The PowerShot G15 features a newly developed 5x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle, bright f/1.8(W) – f/2.8 (T) lens, Canon's HS SYSTEM, plus upgraded video capture in 1080p Full HD with stereo sound. The PowerShot G12 brings EOS line features like the 12-bit multi aspect RAW+JPEG formatting into a compact camera.What’s in the box: Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera, NB-10L Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for PowerShot SX40 HS, CB-2LC Battery Charger for NB-10L Battery for PowerShot SX40 HS, NS-DC11 Neck Strap, Digital Camera Solution CD and 1-Year Limited Warranty.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Having a viewfinder is really helpful in bright light, and this was the main reason I bough this rather than a Sony RX100ii, and it is…The pictures are consistently good. Read more ›
performs alright with some ability to customize to get the perfect shot. picture quality is good. build quality very good. Read more ›
If you do not need a camera to take a lot of posed or still pictures, I would definitely recommend this camera over a DSLR for portability, & the picture quality is great. Read more ›
Compared to my DSLR, it is extremely light weight, doesn't need a bunch of lenses or a carrying kit. Photo quality is the best. Don't bother buying the G16. Read more ›
It has not disappointed me. The menus have changed a little (creating a learning curve) but the pictures are still great quality. It arrived the next week which was fast!!! Read more ›
Just below a SLR quality without the bulk. Night time shots are great. Read more ›
I think this might be the answer to that dilemma. The pictures are excellent, and the options are plentiful. Read more ›
Well made, feels great to hold, takes great photos and videos. All buttons and features are intuitive. Read more ›
The G15 is compact (but not too small) and delivers very fast and good quality images, even in not…Not to mention that the macro mode is amazing for a compact camera lens. Read more ›
I've had many of the G series Canon cameras. Some of the automatic features are amazing. If you're interested in macro photography this is not the camera for you. Read more ›
This is my first Canon Point and Shoot camera. The picture quality and the functions are excellent for a point and shoot camera. Even though I am a Nikon fan for last 35… Read more ›
*TONS of features (facial recognition, self portrait with a wink, "fisheye,"…*Dials and buttons are placed within easy reach (new exposure setting dial is very nice) *L… Read more ›
Also, the lens is very good for low-light photography, which is one of the reasons I chose this camera (my wife performs in dimly lit bellydance shows, and my iPhone just… Read more ›
This was a replacement for another Canon pocket camera, so I had done a lot of research! The lens is great the size is great, the imagery is superb! You can read all the… Read more ›
I use an optical viewfinder most of the time. My only complaint is when the lens is fully extended about 10% of the lower left corner of the viewfinder is blocked. Since I… Read more ›
Not only is the overall investment (housing and camera) nearly half of the other option but the results have been…The 1.8 lens is VERY bright and stays so as you zoom out. Read more ›
I like the lens range and Macro capabilities which are easy to use. The lens is good and sharp throughout its range. I will probably get a superzoom compact also just for… Read more ›
the lens is fantastic on this camera, i have owned a couple powershots over the years and this one is the best. Yes i miss the articulating screen, but it is worth the… Read more ›
The ISO rating is 12,800 which makes it work better in low light. The video is a Full HD- that is 1980x1080 resolution. The camera gives you the option to control manually… Read more ›
-Higher ISO shot ability (file quality is questionable) -Movie recording is now full 1080p HD -Auto-focus feels snappier Read more ›
Photos are so clear and great quality. Video is great even under low light conditions. Ideal if you don't want to carry a big REFLEX when travelling, this camera will let… Read more ›
I love this camera. The video is great too. The zoom is more than sufficient. Read more ›
Since my DSLRs were stolen too I have decided to replace them with…The lens is faster than the kit lens found on consumer DSLR zooms and the photos and video are fantastic. Read more ›
This camera meets my need to have good quality images. The video capture is good also. If you have previously used a Canon camera the features buttons are the same as all… Read more ›
If you need something light but don't…This camera is easy to use and has nearly all the options my dslr has, providing me with all the control I need to take great photos. Read more ›
This camera is everything I hoped it would be. Easy to operate, great pics, small, but mighty! I recommend this camera or the G16 for the casual photographer. Read more ›
After several years, I decided to replace my old compact camera, and I cannot be happier…The camera is very easy to use, and the pictures are amazing in automatic mode. I… Read more ›
I've always had a camera with a "grip" and this one didn't. Just wasn't comfortable and easy to use. Returned it and bought Panasonic Lumix FZ200 Read more ›
Canon was the camera of my choice, it just had to be a Canon and I'm so glad I purchased the G15, has all features I need and so easy to use. Read more ›
This camera is a winner. It's got an amazing lens, is easy to use, and compact enough to stow in your purse. I took it to Alaska and got some really beautiful shots. Read more ›
Other than the ability to change lenses, this camera has probably 80% of the features of a DSLR,…The autofocus is fast enough to capture an energetic toddler in action. W… Read more ›
The autofocus is quick to focus on the subject and the camera can snap off several shots to ensure that I don't miss any action. I can pop the camera into auto mode to have… Read more ›
-More zoom for easier composition -Much better aperture range at all zoom positions (getting the blurry backgrounds with subject in focus is way easier) -Great 3" screen Read more ›
The smart pan feature is pretty cool. Auto focus is noticeably fast. The burst mode did surprise me for a camera of this kind. Read more ›
I've…While the auto focus feature works superbly in most situations, I found it a little bit difficult to use when shooting very small objects, such as the coins. Nonet… Read more ›
Even though I just use…Very fast shutter focus (not missing all the shots I was before with my previous camera), great in low light conditions, fantastic zoom. At… Read more ›
(4) flash output compensation to increase output to extend the reach of the flash or reduce the…(5) The three inch screen is stunning and even better than my Canon t2i. Read more ›
Cam…Video mode goes on too easily, would like a larger zoom ratio, an articulating LCD would have been nice, as well as a time-lapse feature, like some Sony NEX models have. Read more ›
The menus are obvious. The LCD is gorgeous and the same as the 7D I use most of the time. The display modes when shooting live view are very informative. Read more ›
The viewfinder is worthless, but the non-articulating screen is excellent and it has the great dual axis electronic level display. Read more ›
Upgraded to G15 expecting better picture quality and I'm not…What is missing compared to G12 that is no articulating screen, which is very convenient occasionally . May… Read more ›
I've had a couple of different pro-sumer cameras over the years and this is the best so far, the camera is quick, the view finder is useful when taking photo's of far off… Read more ›
I…It has the perfect size since it is easy to carry and handle... It has great functions and takes super pro pictures, without me being close to a professional photographer. Read more ›
I've used this camera for quite some time now and…It is a good compromise between point-and-shoot cameras that are easy to carry around, and DSLRs that are bulky and heavy. Read more ›
A great alternative to carrying around an SLR. I have had the G15 for a couple of years now. Read more ›
Good pictures so far. Easy to carry. Did research before purchases as a gift. Read more ›
This camera is not a professional one, but has a really nice resolution! It is very light also and nice to carry on vacations. Read more ›
The G15 is a great compact camera to carry around on a daily basis. It does not have as large of sensor as the G1X version and is now being replaced by the G16. Read more ›
Of course it have its limitations, but you're only aware of them in very specific situations (night sky photos, very far-moving objects..), In normal light conditions its… Read more ›
The sensor is smaller then a DSLR, but much larger then the average point n shoot. For its size, low light performance is decent. Once you learn to balance ISO, aperture,… Read more ›
High ISO performance is excellent, and images are printable to 1600, which is a big improvement over older G series models. This high ISO performance was the reason I… Read more ›
1. The smaller form factor does make it a bit easier to carry. 2. Low light performance is incredible. Even at higher ISO's up to 1600 this camera produces very useable… Read more ›
Overall great performance but very disappointed in its overexposure problems. Expected proper exposure under Auto mode for family photos, unfortunately over exposed photos… Read more ›
very Good Camera, performance and Quality. I advice to get one like that. Read more ›
I've been using it around town to learn all the features before my trip and so far it…The pictures are sharp, the colors are excellent, the camera is quick and responsive. Read more ›
Clear pictures can be had all-around, especially if braced against the ground or…Colors are bright and punchy, and image noise in .jpg format at low ISO is extremely low. Read more ›
But the JEPGS are excellent as well. Color performance is excellent. It produces punchy but accurate colors and the lens is decently sharp at all focal lengths. Read more ›
I…I have taken a series of test shots with it, and I am really pleased with the quality of them, with the same sharpness and excellent colors I had always liked with the G10. Read more ›
I'm a dad who sometimes…I have heard good things about the Canon G-series with its built-in fast lens, build quality, vivid image colors, and friendly customer support. O… Read more ›
The pictures it takes are clear and the color saturation is great. Some of the shots look professional just be cause of the image quality. Read more ›
I was not going to risk having a faulty camera ruin my shots. After using the SX280 the zoom was great but like my other super zoom p&s you loose speed and quality. It did… Read more ›
(Glad I insisted on a camera with a…We went to a botanical garden and photographed bald eagles in trees and the zoom was fantastic, very crisp even fully extended. At… Read more ›
A perfect alternative for those of us who don't want to…A little more zoom would have been nice but with the shoot quality it is easy enough to crop the image to zoom in. Read more ›
Pictures are excellent. Even the digital zoom is good for small prints, which is all I do anyway. I only print 5 x 7 or 3 x6 pictures. Read more ›
The zoom is very fast and the auto focus works quite well. I rarely have to set it manually. Read more ›
excellent camera, the zoom could be better Read more ›
It is small so it will fit into a jacket pocket. View finder is great for the outside pictures because there is no glare. Read more ›
Image quality is superb, and even fairly novice photographers can take excellent shots. Analog viewfinder works well enough. Definitely worth your consideration. Read more ›
You have the option to shoot in RAW, jpeg or both. The optical viewfinder is very useful when shooting outside in sunlight. This is one of the main selling points of the… Read more ›
You can't hold a camera as steady…Although the optical viewfinder is nice, it needs to be upgraded for parallax correction and with some shooting information to be visible. Read more ›
The optical viewfinder is very good for situations in which bright light is shining directly onto the digital screen. Read more ›
I do get a little nervous just throwing the…The viewfinder is no good unless you have time to set up a shot and correct for the errors not being lined up with the lens. O… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

370 of 383 people found the following review helpful By D. Hentze TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2012
I've long been a fan of my trusty Canon G12. Since it hasn't been upgraded in quite some time, I thought it was the end of the line for the series. When the G15 was announced, I immediately wanted one. Having had it for a couple of days now, I'm very happy with it. Out of the box, the biggest difference I noticed was that the G15 no longer has an articulated swivel screen. To a lot of people, this will be a huge disappointment. There is a positive to this though. Without it, the camera is thinner and lighter now. The screen is also larger and higher resolution. (3", 920K). The lens has the same focal length as the G12, but the new G15 lens has a wider aperture. f1.8 vs f2.8. My results show a nice improvement in low light situations. Canon has also improved the auto-focus speed. Megapixels have been increased from 10mp to 12mp. The G15 has a 1/1.7" CMOS sensor, which is larger than most compact style cameras. The DSLR style controls and menus are easy to navigate and understand. On my initial battery charge, I managed just over 300 shots, which I consider good. Now for the most important thing. Image quality. I took several hundred pictures in various conditions. Image quality was excellent under all circumstances. I shot in JPEG mode, using ISO 80-800. Images shot outdoors in good lighting conditions were almost DSLR quality. Images shot indoors were excellent too. Image noise up to ISO 400 was barely noticeable. At ISO 800, noise become more noticeable, but results were still much better than you'd expect from a compact camera. I only shot a minimal amount of video since I have little interest in using it, but what I did shoot does look good. The G15 can do 1080P at 24fps. All in all, the Canon G15 is just a great camera.

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202 of 216 people found the following review helpful By S. Vogt on October 2, 2012
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The first thing I noticed when I took the G15 out of its box for the first time was its impressive build quality. Everything is tightly constructed and what feels like a tough mag alloy body. It's not necessarily pocketable but is slightly smaller and thinner than the G12. One minor complaint, however, is that the handgrip up front seems shallower than on the G12 so at first it doesn't feel as comfortable to grip. The battery is of a good size and the camera gets excellent battery life.

The control layout on the back of the camera is the same as the G12 and G1X, generally straight-forward and logically placed. The menu system has not changed at all from previous models... so if you're coming from the G12, you should be able to locate where everything is rather quickly. You have the function button for the most commonly accessed settings and the menu button for all other settings. The LCD on back, while sadly, not articulated like on the G12 is gorgeous...very bright and clear. The viewfinder is the same small one found in the G1X and G12..but it works okay when you can't use the LCD.

Canon promised improved AF performance over the G12 and it is most certainly quicker. It isn't the fastest in its class but it does have reliable AF and no problems even in low light locking on. Most folks will find it perfectly satisfactory. Lens performance is quite snappy though, and you can zoom in and out relatively quickly. The camera also has some of the most rock solid image stabilization on any camera I have seen.

The image quality that this camera produces is excellent considering its sensor size. You can of course wring out more detail out of your photos if you shoot RAW. But the JEPGS are excellent as well. Color performance is excellent.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By fastest drummer on October 12, 2012
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I have been looking for a compact for a while. First, I got panasonic Lumix lx7. Handling of the Lumix didn't feel right, and I ended up returning it. Then I tried Nikon P7700, which died on the first day. I really wanted it, so I got a replacement. The second Nikon came dead on arrival. So two lemons in the row. Not good. Then I ordered the G15. First impressions: The built quality is outstanding. It's built to last, and it is also "Made in Japan" which I think makes a statement (unlike Nikon p770 that was made in China.) The battery compartment door feels solid as well as the pop up flash. The two dials on the top are conveniently located and the ergonomics are quite comfortable. The aluminum it is made off feels good and solid. It is not too heavy not too light, just about right. There is no annoying lens cup taking on/off to worry about. Optical viewfinder is really nice to have in the bright sunlight. Size wise, it is still on a compact side, so you can fit it in a larger pocket.
The power up time till first shot is quite fast. The image quality is outstanding. Of course, due to the sensor size it's not quite up to a DSLR quality if you are looking for smaller details in distant shots, but it is still very good for a compact. I think this is the best in class (maybe second to Sony RX100). The menu is very logical. Shot to shot cycle time is relatively fast in the single mode.The shutter lag is minimal,DSLR like. You can also do up to 10 fps (burst mode) with continuing focus tracking. Awesome!!!. Really sharp pictures. You can fully customize your settings for the quick access. Macro mode is outstanding; it is really 1 cm and looks like a DSLR picture in this mode.
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