With the PowerShot G1 X already here, how does the G15 justify its existence?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon Powershot G15

Overall score:84%
Image Quality:80%


  • Slim and well made body, Fast AF and start-up, Excellent video, Very good AWB performance


  • No parallax correction in viewfinder, Some image processing issues, Chromatic aberration, Price


Canon Powershot G15 Review


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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.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Verdict
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