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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...

Dynamic range

Image: When shooting away from the sun, the G15 produces beautifully vivid blue skies

While the dynamic range of the Canon PowerShot G15 is good, it is nothing really to write home about. Although there is some detail that can be recovered from shadow areas, this can easily introduce noise, while the amount of highlight detail is perhaps only a fraction better than other compact cameras.

Highlight detail was most noticeable in landscapes, where some bright-blue skies were rendered almost completely white. Shooting away from the sun obviously produces images with rich blue skies, but clearly it isn’t always practical to do this.

On a number of occasions I adjusted the exposure to darken the image to make sure there would be minimal blown-out detail in the highlights. Although this did darken the shadows and midtones considerably, I was aware that the dynamic range of the camera was wide enough to ensure that detail in these dark areas could be recovered. I would have to shoot raw images and accept that a little luminance noise would be inevitable.

  • 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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