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Canon Power Shot G15 Camera - Black (28mm Wide Lens,12MP) 3.0 inch LCD FHD
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- 12.1 MP CMOS; HS System with DIGIC 5
- Full HD movies, HDMI-CEC
- Bright f/1.8-2.8, 28mm, 5x zoom Canon lens
- 4-stop Intelligent IS
- Quick auto focus
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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 megapixels||20.2||12.8||20.2||20.1||12.1|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||Yes||—||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 10.7 x 7.6 cm||11.24 x 4.42 x 7.64 cm||7.4 x 11.63 x 6.62 cm||4.04 x 10.3 x 6.04 cm||10.55 x 4.22 x 6.09 cm||3.44 x 11.07 x 6.46 cm|
|Item Weight||310 grams||353 grams||0.52 kg||279 grams||294 grams||217 grams|
|Max Focal Length||140 mm||100 mm||120 mm||100 mm||100 mm||720 mm|
|Min Focal Length||28 mm||24 mm||24 mm||24 mm||24 mm||24 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||13.3 megapixels||20.9 megapixels||15||20.9||20.9 megapixels||12.8|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card|
|Special Feature||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Auto Exposure (AE) lock; Auto Focus (AF) assist beam; Auto Focus (AF) lock; Auto focusing (AF) modes: AI Focus, Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Servo Auto Focus; Battery charger included; Battery level indicator; Battery life:240 shots; External flash connector; Field of vision:100%; Flash exposure lock; Flash range (tele):0.4 - 4 m; Flash range (wide):0.5 - 7 m; Full HD; Light metering: Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot; Near Field Communication (NFC); Operating temperature range:0 - 40 °C; PictBridge; Self-timer:Copper ethernet cabling technology: 2,10 s; Sill image capture resolution:5472 x 3648, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824, 2400 x 1600, 4864 x 3648, 3248 x 2432, 2432 x 1824, 2112 x 1600, 5472 x 3072, 3648 x 2048, 2736 x 1536, 2400 x 1344, 3648 x 3648, 2432 x 2432, 1824 x 1824, 1600 x 1600; Touch sensitive screen; Vari-angle LCD display; Video recording; lens structure:11/9||Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority|
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Canon PowerShot G15
Equipped for serious photography, the compact PowerShot G15 boasts a bright f/1.8-2.8, 5x zoom lens, fast AF and a high-sensitivity Canon CMOS sensor for capturing superior photos and Full HD movies.
Bright f/1.8-2.8, 28mm, 5x zoom Canon lens
A bright f/1.8-2.8 Canon lens with wide maximum aperture lets you shoot in very low light and at high shutter speeds even when zooming in. Framing is easy with a flexible 28mm, 5x optical zoom or up to 10x with ZoomPlus.
12.1 MP CMOS; HS System with DIGIC 5
HS System is a powerful combination of a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor (1/1.7 type) and DIGIC 5 processor. It lets you to shoot in low light with reduced noise and superb image quality up to ISO 12,800 - reducing the need for flash or tripod.
A optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS automatically selects the optimum stabilisation mode from 7 settings to counteract camera shake and ensure sharp, detailed images.
7.5 cm (3.0") LCD, OVF
The large PureColor II G high resolution LCD (920k dots) offers superb colour and contrast. An optical viewfinder lets you compose using your own shooting style.
A Front Dial provides easy access to various settings during shooting. Shoot in Full Manual mode in RAW format with multi aspect shooting support for maximum control over composition and post-shot editing using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software. A Dual Axis Electronic Level display helps achieve shots with a straight and perfectly levelled horizon.
Full HD Movies, HDMI-CEC
Record Full HD (1080p) movies in stereo with optical zoom. An HDMI-CEC connection allows for loss-less playback on a compatible HDTV.
Quick Auto Focus, High-speed Burst HQ
High-speed Auto Focus captures any subject with beautifully clear and sharp detail while High-speed Burst HQ catches fast action with 10 fps in full resolution.
High Dynamic Range mode
In high contrast scenes, some cameras can struggle to capture detail in shadows and highlights. Using a tripod, High Dynamic Range mode takes multiple exposures of the same scene, combining them in-camera for a detailed high contrast image.
Smart Auto and Face ID
Smart Auto selects camera settings for you from 58 different scenes (21 in movies) for optimum results. It also works with faces stored in Face ID and adapts settings according to registered age – such as turning off flash and sounds when a sleeping baby is detected.
Range of optional accessories
Optional accessories include a 58mm Lens Filter Adapter, Canon Speedlite flashes and a Waterproof Case for shooting underwater in depths down to 40m.
Camera, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery, Charger, Strap
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Pros - dedicated adjustment wheel in front of shutter where you can control aperture/shutter speed etc
- Super quality images - 90% as good as SLR; prints beautifully
Cons - the only downside from my point of view is that you can't adjust the brightness and contrast of the custom settings. Quite specific (!) but I liked my high-contrast black and white setting on my old SLR. Just adds another step in post-production.
- Can't attach external microphone for video
See example of nice low-light shot.
The G15 is highly commended by this reviewer ( I have owned one for a few weeks ) for outdoor work, where a high quality compact camera is required for convenience and portability, and it is useable at higher iso settings than any previous G series Canon. Within the 'G' series, the G10 will produce very slightly higher quality images, but only at its lowest iso setting, above which it gives up ( unless you're prepared to post process raw files). High iso settings are essential for taking photos in low light, or of night scenes like floodlit cityscapes without a tripod, and only recently in the history of digital camera development has it been possible to achieve good high iso results with compact cameras. The G15 is as good as it gets in this regard, at time of writing, for a compact camera with a fixed zoom lens. It is wonderfully fast to focus, as well.
The G15 must be used with care for good results with flash. By default an evening scene will be transformed into bright daylight with all the atmosphere of the evening or nighttime lost. Best portraits indoors or in low light are usually taken with fill in flash and Canon is notoriously worse than Nikon or Fuji at getting this right in auto mode. To compare: If I set my Fujifilm X100 to auto, I get a perfect shot every time, retaining shadow detail and lowlight atmosphere with the flash set to 'on'. The G15 needs more work, but that's not to say it cannot be done. This is how, for an indoor portrait where you are within 12 feet of your subject:
TIP: Set the mode dial to 'P'. Click the flash up, and set it to 'ON'. Set the iso to 200 iso. Set white balance to 'auto'. As a starting point I would suggest exposing at an exposure compensation of -2, and setting the flash compensation dial to -2 as well. Too dark? Of course it is, but now you know how to find the two settings you need to adjust! Raise one or other slowly, a little at a time, and only one at a time between each trial shot. This is trial and error, to get the result you want, but with no variables because you are only adjusting one setting at a time. When you have reached the level of brightness that you like, remember your settings, write them down, and use them for indoor portraits. Finally adjust your white balance away from 'auto' if you wish to remove a colour tint ( for example if your lighting is correct but your result looks too yellow, or blue, or orange...)
TIP2:Another method: Don't use flash at all. Set the camera to auto iso. Make sure your subject is lit more brightly ( you can still be subtle about it ) than their surroundings so that they do not disappear into the shadows. Shoot. Adjust white balance as necessary. Shoot again.
Combine both of the above. or even try using an external flash, which can 'bounce' or ' diffuse' the light it produces. Photography is, after all, best described as " Painting With Light ".
The G15 is a fabulous compact camera, the best 'G' series ever, and I know of several photographers who would unhesitatingly use one to take exhibition quality landscape shots to print at sizes up to A3+. At a level of expertise where the results might be mounted and sold, most semi-pro photographers would then post process, but it is not necessary to do that to create very fine photos indeed, even in auto mode if you are a beginner.
I chose the G15 over all other compact cameras because it takes fabulous pictures and because of the size and shape of it, which better than all of the others, for me, allows me to hold it steady for best results, even on top of a dartmoor tor in a howling gale. And because of how fast it can focus, even in low light. And I still love my G10 ( see my review of that also if you're interested ), just as my wife continues to enjoy her G12.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy your photography!
So, when my trusty G10 died, the obvious replacement was the G15. After three weeks use, I'm sold.
First, it's similar to the G10/11/12 range in terms of controls. Of course, it offers the usual Auto, intelligent Program, Aperture and speed prority settings as well as full manual. The same comprehensive menu setting and the ability to shoot in RAW (for me, a must.)There's still an optical viewfinder - again something important to me. The same 5x optical zoom range. The build quality too feels solid and reassuring - although I suspect there will still be the "sticking lens" issue which is a "feature" of cameras with pop-out lenses.
Differences: pop-up flash, and the exposure compensation dial has been moved from the left to the right. No problems with this. A new (not found on the G10)setting scroll wheel is conveniently placed right front of the G15 - a welcome innovation. And the image stabilisation is better than the G10: Canon boast 4 stops, and that seems believable to me.
And, it's smaller - at least in terms of depth - significant enough to allow it to fit in my suit pocket. To allow this, the swivel screen found on the G12 has been lost. A bit of a shame - the swivel screen is great for tripod use (it's the reason I bought the 60D body) - but for me not a deal-breaker - the G10/11 did not have this feature, and I'd rather have the slimmer profile.
IQ? Terrific, for a CMOS sensor: the 12.1MP gives very sharp images that compare well to my 60D even under moderate cropping and enlargement. A3 prints are wonderful. IQ suffers under high ISO, but is better than the G10 by some distance. Acceptable up to 1600, for my eyes.
But for me the big feature is the aperture of the lens. 1.8-2.8: ultrafast, great for low light (wedding shoots in a darkened hall no flash - no problem!)and allowing great depth-of-field control. This is the major reason I bought the G15 and not the Canon G1x with the bigger 1.5" sensor. (That and the smaller size of the G15.)
So - so far, no regrets. This is a great camera, and will see more use than my SLRs, simply because it'll go more places. And I won't be compromising (too much) on image quality either.
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