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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Our verdict

With so many advanced compact cameras now available, the Canon PowerShot G15 may not hold the lofty position among enthusiast photographers that its predecessors did. That is not to say it isn’t an excellent compact camera, though, as it is certainly equal to, if not better than the competition.

The new 12.1-million-pixel CMOS sensor performs well, and the camera’s build and handling are as good as ever. However, the decision to remove the articulated mechanism on the screen is an odd one, despite the few millimetres it saves.

Increasing the maximum aperture of the lens is a worthy move for the G15, and it will be of real benefit in low light and to improve shallow-depth-of-field images. Overall, though, I’m just not sure there is enough that is new about the G15 to warrant G12 users upgrading, particularly if they are fans of the older model’s vari-angle screen.

Canon PowerShot G15 – Key features

Flash release
The internal pop-up flash is activated via a sliding switch on the camera’s top-plate.

Function button
This button can be customised for quick access to a number of different settings, including ISO sensitivity.

The hotshoe is compatible with Canon’s full range of Speedlite flashguns.

As can be seen here, the rear 3in LCD screen is now fixed, with no hinge on the side to allow it to be flipped and rotated.

With the PowerShot G series now so well established, a wide range of accessories is available for it. Apart from all Canon’s Speedlite flashguns, there is the TC-DC58E 1.4x teleconverter, as well as a range of 58mm filters that must be used with the LA-DC58L conversion lens adapter.

HDMI port
On the side of the PowerShot G15 is an HDMI port, which allows an HDMI cable to be connected so that images can be viewed via a compatible television screen.

The Canon PowerShot G15 uses the same NB10L lithium-ion rechargeable battery as the G12. Canon quotes the battery life as up to 350 shots.

As usual, the G15 comes with Canon’s software suite, including DPP. To get the most out of raw images, I found it best to use minimal noise reduction and sharpening in DPP, and then export files as 16-bit TIFFs for further editing in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.


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
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
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
  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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