One of the most well-regarded series of digital cameras has just received an upgrade. Richard Sibley finds out whether the performance of the Canon PowerShot G15 befits its lineage. Read the Canon PowerShot G15 review...

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Canon PowerShot G15 at a glance:

  • 12.1-million-pixel, 1/1.7in CMOS sensor
  • 5x 28-140mm lens
  • ISO 80-12,800
  • Optical viewfinder
  • 3in, 920,000-dot LCD
  • Street price around £549

Canon PowerShot G15 review – Introduction

Canon’s PowerShot G series began in 2000 with the launch of the 3.3-million-pixel G1 and for years it was considered vastly superior to most of its competitors in terms of quality, engineering and specification. Indeed, for a long time, this series of advanced compact cameras sat firmly at the top of the wish list of many enthusiast photographers who wanted the full complement of controls they had on their DSLRs.

Despite its moniker, the new PowerShot G15 is in fact the 12th camera in the line, and like its predecessors it has a larger than standard imaging sensor. The PowerShot G series is also the last range of compact cameras to feature an optical viewfinder.

During its lifetime, the G series has seen certain features come and go, and even sometimes reintroduced. For example, in the G7 raw image capture was lost, only to be brought back with the G9. Vari-angle screens have come and gone from model to model, and the 14-million-pixel resolution of the G10 was reduced to 10 million pixels in the G11, after photographers demanded fewer pixels in exchange for better image quality. Perhaps the most significant change was the introduction of the PowerShot G1 X earlier this year. This model uses a significantly larger 14.3-million-pixel sensor, which is basically a 4:3 cropped version of the 18-million-pixel CMOS sensor used in Canon DSLRs.

However, these days the latest PowerShot G series is beset by competition from all sides: compact system cameras have become smaller; bridge cameras are more advanced; and almost every manufacturer produces a high-end compact that shoots raw images. The new Canon PowerShot G15 may therefore find it much more difficult to gain a foothold in the market. That said, this latest G-series model is more than just a cosmetic makeover and offers a number of new features, notably a new image sensor and improvements to the lens, as well as a slight redesign of the camera’s body.

  1. 1. Canon PowerShot G15 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. In-camera HDR
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Metering
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Autofocus
  10. 10. Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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    I want to sell my G15 camera at 22000/-. This is only 2 month old.

  • Tony Shields

    Maybe a great camera but I obviously didn’t do my research carefully enough. I’ve had Canon cameras for nearly 50 years. About five years ago I decided I didn’t want to lug around a rucksack of bodies and lenses. So I bought a PowerShot SX10 – a great performer but I eventually lost patience ‘cos I didn’t want to carry around even that size of camera – mind you it performed brilliantly. I found my shirt pocket compact frustrating ‘cos it didn’t have a viewfinder and it wasn’t always easy to compose a shot. The G15 and the Fuji x20 appeared to be answers to my prayers. G15 fits in my hand perfectly and seems to be a great technical performer but I was devastated to see that the viewfinder didn’t display any shooting info and lost about a third of the image – since the SX10 displayed lots of useful info I expected the G15 to do so. I am now reconsidering the
    Fuji X20.

  • amafili,chigozie smart

    i need ho to link my self to the nikon company,so that i ill be selling thier prodult here in nigeria.

  • Joanne Mead

    I’ve had the G15 for a month and I’m very impressed with the image quality and the handling. I never liked the articulated screen idea, so I’m pleased Canon reverted to a fixed screen. The fast lens is superb and worth the upgrade cost. To fit a 5x zoom onto a camera with the larger sensor like the G1x would have made the camera too cumbersome. I chose the G15 over the G1x due to the slower handling and the more limited zoom range.

    The new CMOS sensor makes a difference. Overall, I rate the camera highly.

  • Mike Elek

    Canon puts all that effort into the design and image processing and then sticks in a postage-stamp sensor.

    And the gullible public will buy it (literally).

    In this age, it’s time for Canon to put a sensible-sized sensor into a camera that they intend to sell to serious photographers.

    The rest of the camera industry is beginning to move to larger sensors. Canon needs to do the same and stop ripping off its customers.

  • nojones

    The poll and competititon adds block the review text. I have addblock active in firefox. Never here before. Never again. Thx for information.

  • Sanjay Nandankar

    please Give details of all companies digital cameras information, price list. And new lounch cmaeras photos and deatils in my e mail account

  • Sean Dunn

    What about the fujifilm x10 and x100?

    Surely these count as high end compacts with optical view finders.

  • jollyjocky

    i like the idea of the extra 100mm, compared with my 18-200mm, there is in my opinion however a degree of dissatisfaction in the overall quality when using the maximum focus,to which i would not even cosider the extra expense of this lens.
    i used the NIKON D90 DSLR for my test drive.

  • harikesh kesavan