Canon PowerShot G15 Brief Review


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  • 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle, f1.8-2.8
  • 1080/24p HD video recording with stereo sound
  • 3-inch LCD screen with 922,000 dots
  • High-speed autofocus, 10fps continuous burst
  • Optical viewfinder
  • Image stabilization
  • RAW Capture
  • Manual modes
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-10-10
  • Final Grade: 88 4.4 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon PowerShot G15
12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor; 5x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle, f1.8-2.8; 1080/24p HD video recording with stereo sound; 3-inch LCD screen with 922,000 dots; High-speed autofocus, 10fps continuous burst; Optical viewfinder; Image stabilization; RAW Capture; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 8/21/2014

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon PowerShot G16.

The G15 stands as proof that Canon hasn't moved entirely from the smaller sensors that made up the G-series prior to the G1 X. The G15 is the worthy successor to 2010's G12, with the most notable improvement found in the 28-140mm f1.8-2.8 lens. This is over a stop faster than the G12's and, despite the additional speed, the G15 is actually slimmer. The smaller profile is due in part to the removal of the G12's beloved swivel LCD, but we believe the smaller size should appease most potential buyers. The G15's 12.1 megapixel sensor is similar to that used in the S100 and new S110, which should output impressively clear images in a variety of situations. Finally, Canon is boasting a 53% improvement in autofocus speed over the G12, a claim that should put the camera in an autofocus class of its own. The only features that are blatantly missing are a touchscreen, GPS, and built-in wireless. Perhaps Canon believes the target market wouldn't appreciate such features, but then what's with the 6D? In any case, the camera has garnered glowing reviews for its stellar image quality.

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Top quality optics, dependability, and convenience of use are just some of the reasons that customers choose Canon digital cameras. One of the top makers of digital cameras in the world today, Canon has attained a reputation for creating some of the best digital cameras and digital SLRs available on the market. Canon cameras are inevitably on the camera wish list of any consumer that desires a high quality camera.

Canon is not generally a cheap brand by any means. In spite of this, Canon digital cameras have achieved the best buy status. This proves that you get great value for the extra money. In the past few years, Canon has begun releasing several types that are more inexpensive, without cutting quality.

Canon cameras come in two main types—the smallest is the Powershot line, compact, point-and-shoot cameras that still maintain a reasonable level of image quality. Canon Powershot cameras range from budget point-and-shoots like the ELPH 115 to an advanced compact with a 1.5” sensor, the G1X Mark II. Typically, if you are going to buy a point-and-shoot on nothing but the reputation of the brand, Canon is a pretty safe bet.

The second type of Canon camera is the EOS line—the DSLRs. The EOS line has a solid reputation as well for performance across the board, including video. Canon has a wide range of options available too, from top of the line full frame professional models to small, entry-level DSLRs.

While other manufacturers are concentrating on mirrorless models and packing more power into smaller cameras, Canon doesn't seem to be following that trend exactly. They've released some smaller DSLRs like the SL1, but haven't been putting time into mirrorless models. Whether this is good or bad is a matter of personal opinion, but the models that are out there are, more often than not, solid performers.

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