Canon refreshes the PowerShot G-series with G15
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Canon updates the high-end two-year-old PowerShot G12 with the PowerShot G15. The latest addition to the PowerShot G-series slims down in size, but increases in performance: including faster and brighter optics and higher Full HD video resolution. Check out the highlights of the PowerShot G15 in DxOMark’s preview.
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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.
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Canon G15 vs Canon G12
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?