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.
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.
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.
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The Canon PowerShot G15 and Nikon Coolpix P7700 are two cameras with a long lineage (with the Nikon's being a bit harder to follow). The Canon PowerShot G-series and Nikon's competitive offerings have gone through numerous variations over the years, but haven't strayed far from the original design philosophy: a fast lens, manual controls, and expandability via system accessories. The thing that's changed the most has been how you compose photos. For a long time, both the G and P-series cameras tended to offer optical viewfinders and articulating LCDs. On these latest models, the G15 lost the flip-out/rotating LCD but retains the optical viewfinder, while the P7700 sports only an articulating display and has shed its viewfinder.
I suppose market research dictates that most folks in this segment want a smaller camera. The older G12 is small enough to fit into a jacket pocket and for me that's small enough thank you very much! There must be many folks with large hands like mine where beyond a certain reduced size, controls become too fiddly to be enjoyable. One major attribute of the G12 is its articulating screen. I find it invaluable when using a tripod since most light tripods don't extend high enough to reach my eye level, requiring either bending or stooping or both to look through the viewfinder. The G12's screen turned upwards means one can happily use the camera on a low tripod for hours at a time. Ah! bliss.
For me, photography is all about enjoying the experience of taking interesting photographs and less about the current fashion of having the latest or technically the top rated gear. The best gear for me is that which brings me the happiest day out and that's not necessarily the sharpest lens or smallest size etc. I'm keeping a tight hold of my G12 and clinging on to photographic happiness for as long as possible. Thank you DxOMark for pointing out the differences and helping me stay happy! Am I bucking the trend here?