Canon PowerShot G15 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 9
      • Features
      • 9
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Expandability
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 8.60
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great image quality
    • Professional level mode dial with lots of physical buttons
    • Fast f1.8-f2.8 lens
    • Convenient "asterisk" button
    • Solid build
  • Cons

    • Below average viewfinder
    • Non-articulating screen will bother some
    • Some AF hunting in very low light

Quick Take

As the newest member of Canon's G Series cameras, the Canon G15 does not disappoint. It has a 12.1 MP sensor and a 5x zoom.

The Canon PowerShot G15 is a high quality point-and-shoot camera for both casual and professional shooters. It has a 12.1 megapixel 1/1.2-inch CMOS sensor with Digic 5 Image Processor. The ISO ranges up to 12800, making it a great device to use in low-light situations. Additionally, the G15 has a 5x zoom with focal length of 28-240 mm in 35mm standards and an f1.8-f2.8 aperture. The camera can shoot 1080p full HD video which records stereo audio. The G15 accepts SD, SDHC, SDXC cards and is priced at a more-than-reasonable $450, at the time of the review.

\"CanonRectangular with curved edges, the G15 has a compact and sturdy build. The camera is 4.2×2.99×1.58-inches and weighs 12.4 ounces, which is a bit bigger than standard compact cameras, but DigitalCameraReview noted it still easily fits in a jacket pocket or purse and is easy to carry for long periods of time. DCR also noted the G15’s ergonomics are “well-designed.” The camera has a raised hand grip with textured surface, as well as a thumb grip and the “controls are well thought out and perfectly positioned.” DCR was also pleased that all of the important controls are placed as dedicated buttons on the outside of the camera, rather than hidden in the camera menus. The G15 also includes a button with an asterisk symbol, which allows users to adjust the shutter and aperture at the same time.

The G15 in-camera menu has two pages and a third customizable page where users can store their favorite settings. DCR found the camera’s menu to be “simple and intuitive.” The device comes with a full range of automatic and manual modes including auto, manual P, S, A and M, two custom modes, movie, movie digest and HDR scene selector. Users can employ either the 3-inch TFT LCD monitor or optical real-image viewfinder to compose their images. DCR noted the LCD monitor was “bright, crisp and easy to use,” and called its fixed screen the only drawback. Overall the LCD was easy to use in various conditions, but produced some glare in especially bright sunlight. DCR was not impressed with the optical viewfinder, calling it “small, basic and pretty useless.”

DCR found the G15 to have “great overall performance.” The camera has a two second start-up time and two second shot-to-shot time. The device shoots two frames-per-second in auto mode, which DCR said is “acceptable but not great.” The device captures images in RAW and JPEG formats and users can crop images in camera. DCR experienced no shutter lag and very fast autofocus. The camera has shutter speeds ranging from 15-1/4000 second. DCR also noted the built-in flash worked well and the lens apertures were impressive. The camera’s battery lasted through 350 shots when using the LCD screen. DCR noted the video quality is very good and the video function was easy to use with the aptly placed dedicated movie button to the left of the thumb grip. The G15 produced “pleasing” images that did not require post production work. DCR said the image quality was “by far some of the best that come from a compact camera with a sensor of this size.”

Overall, DCR was impressed with the Canon PowerShot G15 and noted it has “so much going for it.” The camera has great image quality, a solid build and a fast lens. DCR said it “just can’t say enough good things about the speedy lens and overall image quality from the G15.” However, DCR was disappointed in the camera’s below-average viewfinder and non-articulating screen. In the end, DCR said the Canon PowerShot G15 is “an all-around excellent point and shoot for anyone ranging from amateurs to seasoned professionals.”

Check out DigitalCameraReview for a full review of the Canon PowerShot G15, including performance and specs.


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