The Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera is a point-and-shoot with expansive creative possibilities. Going beyond the genre's name, the G15 provides you with any number of options for capturing your vision - from 1080p HD video recording to 10 fps continuous burst shooting to numerous shooting modes. In addition, the G15's compact form-factor makes it well-suited for being your go-to image maker.
The PowerShot G15 also features a 5x optical zoom 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.8 lens. The lens gives you a good overall range for shooting in most any situation, from group shoots to macro close-ups. The aperture range lends itself to capturing successful images in low-light conditions as well as the ability to render shallow depth-of-field.
The camera's 12.1MP CMOS sensor works together with the DIGIC 5 image processor, comprising Canon's HS SYSTEM. The aforementioned low-light performance is a hallmark of this duo; enabling the ISO to be set up to 12800, if need be. The processor also enables fast transfer of data while powering the copious features and functions of the camera.
Two examples of these functions are High-Speed AF and High-Speed Burst HQ. These two provide the G15 with a continuous capture rate of 10 fps while maintaining image quality. Of course, Intelligent IS image stabilization, a vast range of shooting and recording modes - including 12-bit multi aspect RAW + JPEG capture and many other features ensure that the G15 is more than the name 'point-and-shoot' would suggest.
Other ways the G15 gives you an edge for your photographic endeavors include the optical viewfinder, a 3.0" LCD, a hot shoe and a tripod mount. An HDMI connection also provides you with a one-cable connection to your HDTV for instant sharing of recorded videos.
For the first time since selling my 35mm SLR kit, I feel like I have a camera I can't out-run. Aperture-preferred? Check. Shutter-preferred? Check. Optical viewfinder? Check. Full manual? Exposure compensation? Wide ISO? Check, check, check. f=1.8 lens on a camera this price? Yes! DSLRs are nice, but this is just small enough to carry anywhere, and you'll have to buy a dedicated 50 / 55 mm lens to get 1.8 on a DSLR. Excellent battery life. Hot shoe. Lens sharpness is very good, lowlight performance is an order of magnitude better than pocket cameras. Metering on a par with my old film cameras. Manual focus may take some getting used to, but that's a small price to pay.
After owning a G12 for a year, I replaced it with the G15. The G15 is a bit more refined and a little smaller. I do not miss the pivoting screen and I like that the flash is now concealed since I rarely use one. The G12 was great to take on vacations and carry around town, I look forward to more beautiful images with the G15.
I am an okay photographer and needed a camera that would take amazing pictures without me having to do any real work. I spoke to two photographer friends and they both recommended the Canon G15. I have taken beautiful pictures of my baby and am so thrilled I bought this camera. The camera also has good battery life and I've found it to be sturdy. I've recommended this to many friends and every purchaser is happy.
After much research of advanced point and shoot digital camera options I narrowed it down to two. The G15 being one. I have a DSLR and also a basic point and shoot camera, but I was looking for something in between. The DSLR did a fine job with pictures on a previous vacation trip, but it was rather bulky to travel with as others have noted. So my quest to find an advanced point and shoot prior to a recent vacation to Ireland was on. I visited my local camera store and after explaining what I was looking for they asked if I would be interested in a used G15. I said sure having owned Canon 35mm cameras years ago and always liked Canon but had not owned a Canon since the move to digital. The G15 was a favorite of the camera store and they took the time to show me the G15 features and explain some added functions of an advanced point and shoot camera. I made the purchase and took the G15 on vacation and I could not be more pleased with it. It was the perfect size for traveling via airports/planes and hopping on and off our tour motor coach. The picture quality is excellent and I was pleased with the range of options in the various shooting modes. I also found I did use the view finder. In some instances of bright sunlight it did help in framing the picture as opposed to the LCD screen. I also found the battery life was about as advertised. In short the G15 was an excellent purchase and I suspect I will be using it more and more.
I'm crazy Canon guy and using Rebel T5i and point and shoot ELPH 330 HS. Can't stop keep buying Canon and this time I chose Powershot G 15. Amazing and the best point and shoot camera ever with DSLR quality. Awesome at low light. Great HD video. 100% recommended! I love Canon! ....Thank you!
Compacts similar to the Canon G15 PowerShot that I use: Canon G5 PowerShot Canon G11 PowerShot Olympus E-p1 Olympus E-p3 G15 Pro (* indicates the ones that are very important to me): *Maximum Aperture â€“ I shoot a lot in dim lighting without flash and therefore need a fast maximum aperture. The fast maximum aperture in my G15 (f/1.8) and my G5 (f/2) give me what I need. The slower maximum aperture in my G11 (f/2.8) was very disappointing. *Quiet Operation â€“ the Canon G series cameras are so quiet that they are my first choice when I am shooting in theatres and recording studios. *Image Quality â€“ Since I make prints larger than 14X16 inches, image quality is very important to me. The G15 and G11 provide me with the image quality I need. Menu â€“ very similar to G11 External Controls â€“ similar to G11 Black Body â€“ this small, black, inconspicuous body is my first choice when I must shoot clandestinely. Small size and Light Weight â€“ when I need to travel with one lens and one body, this fixed lens camera is my first choice. Focal Length Range â€“ the 28-140mm equivalent focal length (same as the G11) covers 80% of the shots I take. Fast Aperture â€“ the f/1.8 aperture at the 28mm focal length and the f/2.8 aperture at the 140mm focal length are fast enough for most of the shots I take. Thumb Rest â€“ too often, on my G5 and G11, my right thumb would accidentally press a button on the back of the camera. Having a safe place to park my right thumb reduces this occurrence. Texture/Feel â€“ love the feel of the rough texture on the surface on the camera body. G15 Con (* indicates the ones that are very important to me): *No articulated LCD â€“ being able to easily take ground level, waist level, and over-the-head shots with the articulated LCD is one of the main reasons I have loved my G5 and G11. The loss of this feature is the main reason I cannot give the G15 a 5-star rating. *Lens is not interchangeable. Even though this lens covers 80% of my shooting needs, it would be nice to be able to change the lens to cover the missing 20%. *Variable Maximum Aperture â€“ I would much rather have a constant f/1.8 aperture lens instead of the variable aperture f/1.8 to f/2.8 lens. *Manual Focus â€“ it is very difficult to manual focus my G15, G11, and G5. I wish I could find a digital compact with an easy to use rangefinder focusing system. *Microphone Jack â€“ I have a shotgun mike that fits in the hotshoe but the G15 (like the G5 and G11) does not have a microphone jack. ISO Control â€“ on my G11, there was an ISO control dial on the top of the camera body. I could change the ISO without turning the camera on. On the G15, the dial was removed. The only way to change ISO on the G15 is through the menu when the camera is turned on. Battery and Battery Charger â€“ the G15, G11, and G5 all use different batteries and battery chargers. I wish they could share batteries and chargers. Battery/Memory Card Door - the door is not located in a good position. When I have to change the battery and/or memory card, I must remove the camera from the tripod to open the door. This con is the same for my G11 but not for my G5. In the G5, the battery is blocked by the tripod but not the memory card. Tripod Socket â€“ is not located in line with the optical center of the lens. This is important when I mount the camera on tripod to shoot panoramic shots that I will stitch. Interval Timer â€“ the G15 has a limit of 1 to 10 shots with a 1 to 30 second interval between shots. My G11 has a limit of 1 to 10 shots with a 0 to 30 second interval between shots. My G5 has a limit of 2 to 100 shots with a 1 to 60 minute interval. I wish my G15 (and G11) had an interval timer like my G5. Built-In Flash â€“ the built-in flash and flash switch on the G15 are located where the exposure compensation dial was located on my G11. I need the compensation dial in that location more than I need the flash and flash switch. Image Numbering â€“ wish I had more control over the image numbering sequence so I could differentiate images taken by similar cameras. I run into problems when my G15 and G11 create images with the same file name. I would love to be able to place the letter "A" in front of the file names of the G15 images and the letter "B" in front of the file names of the G11 images so I could differentiate image A12345 from image B12345.
This was intended as a replacement for an older Canon point and shoot and will be used mainly for travel and general photography. It is a full featured camera lacking only the ability to change lenses. Since I've used Canon cameras for some time and currently own three, I find navigating menus and functions very easy. I think someone new to Canon will also find this to be true. I've had the G15 for two weeks and can't comment on the dirt problem some users have reported. The lens cover is a leaf type but my current point and shoot has the same arrangement and this hasn't been a problem. I do keep my cameras in cases when not in use. I don't like the on/off switch. The other cameras I own have either a lever switch or one that requires a slight effort to operate. The G15 has a button switch that could be activated in a case or when grabbing it.
I am a previous owner of G11. In comparison, the G15 has a pop-up flash and no swivel back. It has a new menu system that is better organized than the G11. You have horizon indicator. Sensor has 2 more megapixels. The aperture has 6 leaves. The lens at wide angle is f1.8 and f2.8 at telephoto. The latter was on my improvement wish list. The pop-up flash has delicate plastic linkages. I preferred the fixed flash on the G11/G12. Now it is on my wish list. So is swivel back. The exposure is accurate. B&W shots are excellent but you don't get raw recording with b&w. That's on my wish list too.
I took some photography classes in college so I know the basics of shooting manual and wanted a point and shoot that I could have control over when I wanted it. We bought the camera so we could take pictures and video of our son without having to use the big dslr all the time. This has been fun to get to know how to use. I love that you can go from fully auto to fully manual and anywhere in between. Seems to have a lot of the same features as our 5D Mark 3 so if you were wanting a more portable version, this could be it. It's handy to have the leveling feature on the screen as well as the live histogram. We've played around with with using a speed light in the hotshoe and that works great. Taking video is very smooth. I like that continual focus the makes sure you hang onto the main subject even in motion.
Fills a need for a camera that offers more than a "pocket" camera and is smaller than a dslr