Canon G15 review

What does this upgrade of the popular G12 offer?

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With its slightly smaller size than the Canon G12, the Canon G15's sleeker body can fit more easily into a pocket than its predecessor. Not only does the lack of an articulating screen bring the overall body size down, but the finger grip is also slightly less pronounced.

Despite this, there's still a good amount of purchase to be had, giving lots of confidence when holding the camera with one hand.

The Canon G15 has clearly been designed with the advanced photographer in mind, as reflected by the number of direct access dials and buttons to change key settings.

Canon PowerShot G15 review

At the top of the camera are two dials, almost stacked on top of each other. The mode dial contains the full automatic, semi-automatic and full manual modes. You'll also find scene mode, digital filter mode and movie mode on this dial.

There's also space for two groups of custom settings, which is handy if you find yourself often shooting a particular type of scene, such as low light.

Slightly underneath this dial is the exposure compensation dial, which is a handy addition that can be reached with the thumb when using the camera with one hand.

Canon PowerShot G15 review

To change the aperture or shutter speed (depending on the mode you're in), a small dial on the grip at the front of the camera is used. Again, this is useful when using one hand, and makes it extremely quick to alter the setting.

On the back of the camera, the four-way directional pad contains a dial around it, which is used in conjunction with other buttons to make changes. For instance, if you first hit the ISO button (up on the directional keypad) you can then use the scroll dial to choose between the values. This is a change from the Canon G12, which had a dedicated ISO dial.

Also on the directional pad are access to focusing types, flash modes and a display button. Direct access to metering can be had via a dedicated button, along with a button for changing the autofocus point, and another for entering the menu system.

Canon PowerShot G15 review

Despite the fact that the Canon G15 doesn't have a touchscreen - which seems a shame for a camera of this calibre - changing the AF point is still relatively quick.

Simply hit the dedicated button and use either the scroll dial or the four-way buttons to choose your point. If you need to capture a lot of quick action, it's probably a safer bet to set the focus point to the middle point and focus and recompose.

Zooming in and out of the Canon G15's 5x optical zoom range is smooth and fluid and is achieved via a switch around the shutter button. A digital zoom is available, but only when you switch off raw format shooting, which is a bit of an annoyance.

Canon PowerShot G15 review

The menu is a fairly standard issue Canon menu, with most things relatively easy to find. However, most of what is needed is found in a sort of quick menu, accessed by hitting the Function button in the middle of the navigational keypad.

In this menu, you'll find white balance, aspect ratio, bracketing and so on. It's also here that you'll find the ability to switch raw format shooting on and off.

It would have been nice if Canon had found room to squeeze an extra, customisable, function button somewhere on the camera so you could set an extra commonly used setting to it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPowerShot
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection, External Flash Shoe, Smile Detection, Wink Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)352 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, REACH, ErP
Image Sensor Size1/1.7" (7.60 mm x 5.70 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height75.9 mm
Width106.6 mm
Depth40.1 mm
Focal Length6.10 mm to 30.50 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelG15
Product NamePowerShot G15 Digital Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6350B010AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot G15 Digital Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-10L (with Terminal Cover)
  • Battery Charger CB-2LC / CB-2LCE
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Getting Started
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty1 Year