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Canon PowerShot G15 review

November 10, 2012

Overall Rating:

4

Canon PowerShot G15


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Price as Reviewed:

£549.00

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...

The competition

Image: Canon PowerShot G1 X

There are many options at the top end of the compact camera market, but there are two cameras that really stand out, mainly because they have altered expectations. The first is Canon’s own PowerShot G1 X. As mentioned in this test, the G1 X has a custom-sized 14-million-pixel CMOS sensor, based on the 18-million-pixel sensor used in Canon’s EOS DSLRs. As such, it provides a great compact camera with excellent image quality and a built-in 28-112mm equivalent lens.However, the G1 X is large for what is described as a compact model.

Image: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Far smaller is Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX100. This uses a 1in-sized sensor, which has more than twice the surface area of the G15’s sensor but is smaller than that of the G1 X. However, the RX100 sensor has an impressive 20 million pixels and a 28-100mm equivalent zoom lens. The RX100 has certainly been turning heads at this level.

  • RRP: £549.99
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3EV steps
  • Video: Yes – up to 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution and 24fps saved as a .MOV file with H.264 compression
  • Sensor: 1/1.7in CMOS with 12.1 million effective pixels
  • LCD: 3in LCD with approx 922,000 dots
  • Output Size: 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, plus 2 custom
  • AF Assistance: Yes
  • Hotshoe: Yes
  • Max Flash Sync: Up to 1/2000sec
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 2 custom modes and 20 scene presets
  • Weight: 352g (including battery and memory card)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery NB-10L
  • Shutter Speeds: 15-1/4000sec in shutter priority and manual mode
  • AF array: 9 points, selected manually or automatically
  • File Format: JPEG, raw or raw + JPEG
  • Lens: Canon 5x zoom lens, 6.1-30.5mm (28-140mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.8
  • Colour Space: sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single and continuous, approx 2.1fps maximum in continuous, 10fps in high-speed burst
  • ISO: 80-12,800
  • Dimensions: 106.6 x 75.9 x 40.1 mm
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single AF, continuous AF, face detection
  • Metering System: Evaluative, centreweighted average and spot (can be linked to active AF point or face detection)
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB
  • Compression: Fine, Normal
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