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Movie mode

The G15's video resolution has been upped to 1920x1080p (from 720p on the G12), which brings it in line with most other current enthusiast compact cameras. As well as standard 1080p footage with stereo sound, it is also possible to apply various effects to the G15's video output. Some of those, for example 'miniature', are low-frame-rate modes, with the footage being captured at 1/5, 1/10 or 1/20 of normal speed, then played back at the normal frame rate to give a ‘high speed’ appearance.  

This is the standard movie screen. You can add the electronic level by pressing the DISP button. In movie mode the FUNC menu includes additional movie settings such as movie resolution and movie type.

There's also a new slow motion video mode available on the G15. You can record videos at either 120 frames per second (640x480) or 240 fps (320x240). When played back at 30 fps this translates into video that is four or eight times slower than standard footage.

The video footage from the G15 is very smooth with good detail. However, the lack of an external mic socket means your sound quality will not always match the quality of the video, especially in situations with a lot of background noise or wind. You also have only very limited control over your video capture. Exposure compensation is available, but unfortunately is not accessible via the exposure compensation dial. Instead, with the mode dial set to the movie position, you have to hit AEL and can then set exposure compensation using the front dial. This is so counter-intuitive that we suspect many users will never find it.

Like on the G1 X, the new movie button has been placed in the top right corner on the back of the camera. It gives you direct access to movie recording from any shooting mode.

On the plus side, unlike its predecessor the G15 can focus and zoom during movie shooting and finally comes with a dedicated movie button. We were also quite impressed with the performance of the Image Stabilization System in video mode, and even at the long end of the lens it's possible to record very stable footage. This can be seen in the third sample movie below. We have also included one sample movie using the miniature effect filter.

Video quality options

Sizes 1920x1080p: 24 fps
1280x720p: 30 fps
640x480: 30/120 fps
320x240: 240 fps
Audio Stereo (Internal Mic)
Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
Max file size per clip 4GB or 29 min 59 sec

Sample video 1

This video was shot at 1080p and in good light. The motion is smooth with good color and exposure. The G15's internal microphones are doing an acceptable job at capturing the sounds but wind noise is audible in the clip.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 19 sec, 80.4 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 2

This 1080p video was captured at an illuminated playground at night. Again, the camera's metering system is doing very well and the motion is smooth. Some image noise is visible but it is not very intrusive at all. Overall the G15 is performing very well in these conditions.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 40 sec, 169 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 3

This video was shot at handheld at the long end of the zoom lens. The Image Stabilization system works impressively well and keeps the frame steady.

1920 x 1080 24 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 15 sec, 66.5 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 4

This video shows the Miniature effect filter applied to moving images. In this mode fewer frames are captured per second, but playback is at the normal framerate, which essentially produces a time-lapse movie.

640 x 180 30 fps, H.264 .MOV file, 8 sec, 10.5 MB Click here to download original .MOV file
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Gene Aker

I am an old time black and white film photographer, but have also been shooting digital for about 10 years. I do shoot quite a lot of black and white images with the G15. (I also used the G12). I travel quite a bit in Europe--mostly Paris and Rome. This is the best travel camera I have ever used. Like all cameras, it's a compromise. I've tried others such as the Nikon 7800? and a Nikon super zoom. But I sent them back.
RE: the G15, for the money, for the viewfinder, speed, build quality, convenience, it's the best for me. I also like the quality I get when shooting black and white.
It seems closest to the spirit of an old Nikon such as the FM or FM3A.


I had an Oly XZ1 for about a year and then sold it. The IQ was good and the lens sharp but I found the sensor noise not good at high ISOs, the video awful, the handling a bit awkward (esp the lens cap and lack of grip), no viewfinder etc. I have just purchased the G15 at a considerably reduced sale price here in Oz and couldn’t be more delighted. It handles well, has great low light performance, bright sharp lens, good video and handling is good. As a complete package, it’s basically everything I wish the XZ1 could have been.

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I got myself one of these 3 months ago at a store sale. They were making room for G16 so the price was lowered to less than EUR300 (a bargain, compared to G16's EUR430). I had thrashed my old Canon P&S just two days prior so I was in the market for an inexpensive replacement (read EUR100 to EUR200 tops).
All I can say is: I payed a little bit more but got more than I ever expected.
It is an incredible little camera, I fell in love with it.
It is compact but beats my Canon 500D in some areas.
With quality lighting in place I can barely tell the IQ difference between those two physically totally different cameras.
I can't imagine anyone ending up disappointed with this little gem.

Matte Steven

Have to say, G15 is a classic DC in last years.

Gary R.

It's an interesting list of "cons" here. I've had cameras with articulating screens, and found I really didn't use them all that often, so really don't consider it much of an issue either way. "No automated panorama mode", again, is a plus to me. The stitch-assist features are very useful for producing high resolution panoramas with user control if things don't stitch perfectly the first time (where the 'auto' ones fail so often, I feel they belong on camera phones and low end point and shoots, not on enthusiast models...I really hate having only that automated option, forcing me to use manual settings, on my LX7).

I will often set my max. auto ISO to 1600 anyway, so that "con" really isn't much of one, and the HDR issue is of no concern for me.

So all in all, this is a very impressive list of 'cons'. If these are the worst faults of the camera, it sounds like Canon has done a very good job.

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