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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...

White balance and colour

Image: A good amount of detail can be recovered from shadow detail in raw files, although some noise is visible 

The colours produced by the Canon PowerShot G15 are almost perfect, even in the AWB and default colour style. For the most part they are well saturated, with a fairly neutral colour balance, and it was only in extreme situations, such as shooting in woodland, where I found that the white balance could actually do with being manually set. In this situation the camera removed some of the green from the image, causing it to be slightly more neutral than it should have been. Switching to the daylight white balance setting helped to correct this.

There is a good selection of image styles to suit most people’s tastes, with the usual vivid, neutral, sepia and black & white modes, as well as positive film, light skin tone, dark skin tone and vivid red, blue and green options. Should none of these be appropriate there is a custom colour setting, which allows the main colour and contrast parameters to be adjusted. Sadly, there is no option to alter the settings of the black & white mode. While I found this monochrome image style produced nice images, I would have liked the option to increase the contrast on occasion.

  • 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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