Canon Powershot G15 review
Review Date : Wed, 7 Nov 2012
Author : Matt Golowczynski
With the PowerShot G1 X already here, how does the G15 justify its existence?
|Pros:||Slim and well made body, Fast AF and start-up, Excellent video, Very good AWB performance|
|Cons:||No parallax correction in viewfinder, Some image processing issues, Chromatic aberration, Price|
Canon's PowerShot G-series used to be one of the only respectable enthusiast compact lines, but the past few years have seen a range of similarly specified rivals and the burgeoning collection of mirrorless system cameras unsettle its positioning in the DSLR-alternative market. Nevertheless, the range continues with the G15, which sports a number of revisions from the previous G12 model.
Its 1/1.7in sensor boasts a backlit architecture for better light-gathering capabilities, with an effective resolution of 12.1MP and a sensitivity range of ISO 80-12,800 at full resolution (two stops greater than the previous G12). Full HD video is captured at a rate of 24fps, with a further 720p option capturing at 30fps, while the standard 2.1fps burst mode is joined by a high-speed alternative which boosts this to 10fps at maximum resolution.
While the 28-140mm lens retains the same focal length as the previous G12, its f/1.8-2.8 aperture makes it considerably brighter. Once again we see this paired with an Image Stabilizer claimed to offer up to four EV stops of correction, as well as a built-in neutral density filter to increase exposure times. Around the back there's a 3in LCD with a 922k-dot resolution, above which sits an optical viewfinder - a feature very much sought after by the camera's target market. Raw shooting is also provided, as is full manual control over exposure and even an electronic levelling function.