Canon refreshes the PowerShot G-series with G15

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Camera Review
Introduction | Canon PowerShot G15 Preview
Canon G15

Canon is consistently among one of the most watched participants of the biennial Photokina imaging and photography fair – a six day event currently underway – hosted in the German city of Cologne.

And on Monday, Canon did not disappoint Photokina attendees with the announcement of three new PowerShots, including the S110, SX50 H S, and the G15.

The latter replaces the popular and high-end two-year-old PowerShot G12.

The 12.1-megapixel G15 makes a number of changes from its 10-megapixel predecessor. On the outside, the most noticeable physical transformation is its scaled-down size: weighing 352 grams and measuring 107 x 76 x 40mm (versus 355 grams and 112 x 76 x 48mm), the G15 is definitely slimmer than the G12, but still an uncomfortable fit in any jean pocket.

Canon G15

Aesthetically, the G15 retains many of the cosmetics of its older sibling. However, it trades in a built-in flash for a pop-up; and its once articulating LCD screen is now fixed. Although, this screen is bigger in size and resolution, measuring 3-inches and bursting with superb image quality in its 922k-dot display (compared to 2.8-inches and 461k-dot).

The PowerShot G15 further impresses with its refreshed optics. Its lens’ optical zoom measures 28-140mm and its aperture is a bright f/1.8-2.8 – hopefully this will aid the G15 in its low light performance, as the G12 struggled in the dark with its aperture of f/2.8-4.5.

Additional highlights of the PowerShot G15 and its 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor include:

• Its DIGIC 5 image processor that assists the camera at its continuous shooting rate of 2 fps.

• RAW and JPEG image formats.

• ISO range of 80-12,000.

• An external exposure value dial.

• Photo effects like sepia and black and white color alteration.

Canon G15

The Canon PowerShot G15 and its 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor contribute to the camera’s updated video that includes:

• Full HD 1920 x 1080 video at 24 frames per second.

• Can film creating a miniature effect.

• Built-in stereo mic.