Canon G15: advanced compact camera

by Enche Tjin on September 25, 2012

Announcement Canon G15 is surprising because Canon G1X is just announced this year. Many people think that G1X is the sole successor of Canon Powershot G line camera. But Canon feels the need to Canon G15 because the trend is going towards small, fast compact with faster lenses. As the king of compact camera maker, Canon doesn’t want to miss the ship.

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Canon G12 (left) and Canon G15 (right). G15 is noticeable smaller

Canon G15 is noticeable smaller than its predecessor Canon G12 and significantly smaller than Canon G1X.  The smaller size is achieved by using fixed LCD screen instead of articulated screen. Canon also eliminate ISO dials and reposition exposure compensation dial.

Unlike its competitor, Nikon P7700, Canon retains optical viewfinder in G15. This optical viewfinder is very small and only provide 80% coverage. However, some people might appreciate it. Optical viewfinder works well in bright light environment and save battery.

There are two main improvements from Canon G12: faster autofocus (Canon claims 53% faster). Second, faster lens: 28-140mm f/1.8-2.8. These improvements are significant and very good.

Image quality will be a bit better than Canon G12.  G15 sports a new 12 MP 1/1.7″ CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processor. Noise in high ISO will be less a problem. Canon G15 is great for people who wants capable and versatile compact for travel light and pro photographers who like to carry small camera in the free time.

Canon G15 main specs:

  • 12 MP 1/1.7″ Canon CMOS sensor
  • 28-140mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens, 4-stop ‘Intelligent IS’.
  • DIGIC 5 processor
  • ISO 80-12800
  • Fixed 3″ 920k dot PureColor II G screen
  • Optical viewfinder
  • Raw format recording
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • Price: $499
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From the top, Canon G15 (right) is noticable thinner

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Canon G1X (left) is way bigger than G15, but it sports higher quality image sensor

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