Canon PowerShot G15

Announced Sep 17, 2012 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 28 – 140 mm (5×)
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Announced Sep 17, 2012

Canon's PowerShot G-series is one of the most iconic lines of digital compact cameras, with the original G1 having debuted right back in September 2000. Typically, G-series models over the years have sported fast lenses, articulated LCDs, optical viewfinders, Raw data recording and lots of external control, and were aimed at enthusiasts.

The PowerShot G15 is a successor to the popular G12 and is built around a 12MP, 1/1.7" CMOS sensor. Its lens also gets an upgrade - retaining its 28-140mm range but now with a maximum aperture of F1.8-2.8. It loses the G12's articulated screen but gains a higher-resolution, 920k dot panel.

Product timeline
Group review, May 28, 2013
Group review, Dec 18, 2012
News story, Nov 21, 2012
Review, Nov 21, 2012
Article, Sep 26, 2012
Article, Sep 18, 2012
News story, Sep 17, 2012
Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
Focal length (equiv.) 28–140 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 922,000
Min shutter speed 15 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 352 g (0.78 lb / 12.42 oz)
Dimensions 107 x 76 x 40 mm (4.21 x 2.99 x 1.57)
GPS None

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Our review

The Canon Powershot G15 is a well-refined product and a joy to use. It is very quick and responsive in operation, built like a tank and offers the most external controls in its class. In combination with the fast 28-140mm F1.8-2.8 lens that makes it a very versatile and pocketable photographic tool that offers almost the same degree of control as much larger DSLRs.

Good for: Photographers who want DSLR-like controls and build-quality in a pocketable package

Not so good for: Video shooters or users who cannot live without an articulated screen

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