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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...

Metering

Generally, the evaluative metering system performed well with a clear emphasis on making sure that the foreground subject of a scene is bright and well exposed. My only complaint is that the camera tends to create bright skies with little detail, as will be discussed in the Dynamic Range section. I found that when taking landscape images, I had to use spot or centreweighted metering and take a reading from close to the brightest point in the sky to make sure there was very little burnt-out detail. This did, of course, mean having to push the shadows, but there was enough detail to be able to do this, and by using lower sensitivities not too much noise was introduced.

At other times a quick turn of the exposure compensation dial was all that was needed to reduce the exposure, from between -0.3 and -1EV. In many ways, this ability to change the exposure using the compensation dial is one of the G15’s best features. After all, when the exposure is correct there is no problem, but when it needs adjusting, having the option to do it very quickly via a dedicated wheel, rather than fiddling around with buttons and dials on the rear of the cameras, is a real bonus.

  • 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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