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Canon PowerShot G15

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot G15 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot G15 Review


Canon's PowerShot G-series of compact digital cameras has everything it takes to bring smiles to enthusiasts. Tough build, brilliant optics, lots of external controls and stellar performance are only a few of the many great things about the cameras...

The Scene mode has limited but the most useful presets including portrait, smooth skin, hand-held night scene, snow and fireworks. The Creative Filter mode lets you shoot photos using effects such as HDR, Nostalgic, Fish eye, Miniature, Toy camera,...

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Canon PowerShot G15 Review


The G Series is one of the most familiar of the burgeoning list of enthusiast digicams. Around for more than 10 years, the new G15 retains the design and spirit of the lineup. But at $499, has this type of camera reached the end of the road—especially...

Bright f/1.8-f/2.8 5x zoom ; Quality stills and videos ; Excellent image stabilization system

Better alternatives available ; Pokes along in RAW ; Very noisy at high ISOs

Although the PowerShot G15 is a good camera, reluctantly we’re getting off the small-chip G-series merry-go-round – especially at its list price of $499.

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Canon PowerShot G15 Review


Canon's PowerShot G15 is a high quality compact digicam sporting the best features, blazing performance and outstanding image quality. At just under $500, its not for everyone, but if you are looking for the best quality in a compact digicam, this is a...

Smart Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; DIGIC 5 processor provides outstanding performance ; Excellent overall image quality ; Intelligent IS is ready for any...

Flash must be manually raised to operate in all shooting modes, including Smart Auto ; ISO 12,800 sounds great but is unacceptable ; Optical viewfinder is way off from actual image captured ; Movie audio features a lot of background noise ; No audio input

Canon's PowerShot G15 is a high quality compact digicam sporting the best features, blazing performance and outstanding image quality. At just under $500, its not for everyone, but if you are looking for the best quality in a compact digicam, this is a...



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Canon PowerShot G15


Canon's PowerShot G-series is one of the most iconic lines of digital compact cameras, with the original G1 having debuted right back in September 2000. The original models sported fast lenses, articulated LCDs, optical viewfinders, Raw data recording...

549.00 ; Show all listings (11) ...Get more prices from AmazonCommentsBy Gary R. (2 days ago) ; It's an interesting list of "cons" here. I've had cameras with articulating screens, and found I really didn't use them all that often, so really don't...

Exposure compensation dial does not work in video mode (but you can set exposure compensation using the AEL button when the mode dial is set to movie) ; No swivel screen (vs predecessor and some competitors) ; No automated panorama mode (only...

The Canon Powershot G15 is a well-refined product and a joy to use. It is very quick and responsive in operation, built like a tank and offers the most external controls in its class. In combination with the fast 28-140mm F1.8-2.8 lens that makes it a...

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Canon PowerShot G15


As I tested the Canon PowerShot G15, I kept coming back to the thought that this is the lens that should have been on the G1 X . While the G15 is a fine camera -- sadly, now without its articulated LCD -- the fact remains that it still has a small...

In addition to a great, fast lens, the Canon PowerShot G15 has a nice, streamlined shooting design and produces very nice photos.

It's humbled by a somewhat limited feature set and ho-hum performance.

The Canon PowerShot G15 continues the G-series tradition of solid advanced compacts, but doesn't rank as best in class by any particular measure.

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Canon PowerShot G15


If you're wondering if you missed the G13 and G14, don't. The Canon PowerShot G15 ($499.99 direct) is actually the successor to the PowerShot G12 , a high-end compact camera that is now two years old. The G15 offers numerous upgrades—a 12-megapixel...

Fast, sharp lens. Optical viewfinder. Good high ISO performance. Responsive. Excellent control layout. Raw shooting support

Pricey. Fixed rear LCD. Limited zoom range. Bulky. No GPS or Wi-Fi. 1080p video limited to 24fps

The enthusiast-focused Canon PowerShot G15 delivers excellent image quality, but lacks some features found in other top-end cameras.

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Canon PowerShot G15: Lab Test Results & Comments


The Canon G15 follows the G12. The new model has a massive, robust, and heavy body and has major changes from its predecessor.

High-end compact camera with manual control of exposure settings and nearly all parameters ; High-resolution images and very good color reproduction ; Full HD video

Missing swivel monitor ; Very small optical viewfinder ; Missing lens ring (for manual focus control)

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Canon PowerShot G15 Review: A Professional's Point and Shoot


It takes a lot for me to love a point and shoot cameras. In fact, I find very few that fit the needs of a seasoned professional. Sometimes they lack basic features I am looking for or they just can't capture an image with the quality I am used to. But...

Great image quality ; Professional level mode dial with lots of physical buttons ; Fast f1.8-f2.8 lens ; button ; Solid build

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

As the newest member of Canon's G Series cameras, the Canon G15 does not disappoint. It is an all around excellent point and shoot for anyone ranging from amateurs to seasoned professionals. The 12.1-megapixel sensor paired with the Digic 5 image...

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Canon PowerShot G15 Quick Review – Specs, Features and Price


Think of a place…think of going for a walk or think of a normal hangout…what is that one think that connects you to all these?? I have the correct answer the pictures. Whenever we are into something or whatever ...

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PowerShot G15


($499) is the latest entry in Canon's long-running series of enthusiast compact cameras. This latest iteration addresses two issues that have plagued recent G-series models: the aperture range of the lens, and focusing performance. While previous...

Very good photo quality, with better-than-average performance at high sensitivities ; Well-designed camera with solid build quality ; Fast F1.8-2.8, 5X optical zoom lens (28 - 140 mm equivalent) ; Optical image stabilization, with new Intelligent IS...

Likes to clip highlights (hint: use DR correction) ; Redeye a problem (though removal tool in playback mode helps) ; Rotating LCD will be missed ; ISO fixed at 80 at shutter speeds below 1 second ; Movies are a bit choppy due to 24 fps frame rate; no...

Though I'm still a little bitter about the removal of the rotating LCD, I have to say that Canon's PowerShot G15 is a great enthusiast camera. It takes very good photos, has plenty of features for both beginners and enthusiasts, offers good (but not...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:1/1.7''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-10L
Battery Type:Canon NB-10L


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes