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Canon PowerShot G15

12.1-megapixel digital camera with 5X optical zoom

6 Reviews

Item #: 280G15

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Original Price: $349.99

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Overview

Our take on the Canon PowerShot G15

Light is always the key to any great photograph. With the Canon PowerShot G15, your ability to capture fine detail doesn't have to fade with the setting sun. The G15 features a fast f/1.8-2.8 lens, so your camera maintains excellent light-gathering ability across the 5X optical zoom range. You can also create beautiful portraits with softly blurred backgrounds, elevating your picture-taking beyond mere snapshots. The G15's CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processor offer superior low-light performance, fast response and beautiful image quality. All this in a camera body smaller than its predecessor, the G12, so Canon's picture-taking power is more portable than ever.

Faster lens, sharper resolution, smaller camera

Light is always the key to any great photograph. With the Canon PowerShot G15, your ability to capture fine detail doesn't have to fade with the setting sun. The G15 features a fast f/1.8-2.8 lens, so your camera maintains excellent light-gathering ability across the 5X optical zoom range. You can also create beautiful portraits with softly blurred backgrounds, elevating your picture-taking beyond mere snapshots. The G15's CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processor offer superior low-light performance, fast response and beautiful image quality. All this in a camera body smaller than its predecessor, the G12, so Canon's picture-taking power is more portable than ever.

Manual controls and RAW image recording

Let your inner creativity blossom with the G15's manual controls, which include an assignable front dial that can control focus, exposure, white balance and more. RAW image recording lets you export uncompressed photos to your computer for better image quality and more editing versatility. You can maintain complete creative control over your photos, from pre-shot settings all the way through the editing process. Need a little help lining up shots? A dual axis electronic level helps ensure your shots are properly aligned with the horizon. Check out the results on the 3-inch high-resolution LCD display, perfect for reviewing your photos and 1080p video before connecting the G15 to your HDTV for slide shows and home movie screenings. (Just don't forget the mini HDMI cable.)

Auto mode turns novices into naturals

Just starting to experiment with manual controls? Don't worry — the G15 offers numerous automatic shooting modes, with features like face detection, red-eye correction, panoramic stitching, and creative effects to help even novice photographers take cool stylized photos with some added artistic flair. Intelligent image stabilization and improved high-speed autofocus make sure your photos don't suffer from frustrating focus lag time and jittery hands. 

Excellent Point and shoot Camera as always from Canon.

Justin M, Northampton. PA

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (black)
  • NB-10L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4 V/920 mAh/6.8 Wh) with plastic terminal cover
  • CB-2LC battery charger (Output 8.4V/0.7A)
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • Digital Camera Solution Disk ver.127.0 CD-ROM
  • Getting Started Guide (Eng/Span)
  • Warranty card
  • Canon Customer Support/Online Product Registration card
  • Important Safety Instructions (for battery charger)
  • Canon Printer info sheet

Highlights:

    Specifications:
    • 12.1-megapixel effective recording
    • 5X optical zoom (4X digital zoom/20X combined zoom)
    • 3" high-resolution LCD screen (922,000 dots)
    • 35mm equivalent focal length: 28-140mm
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    Special Features:
    • f/1.8-2.8 lens offers superior light-gathering ability
    • 1/1.7-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor for high ISO capture with reduced noise
    • optical image stabilization for blur-free photos
    • SLR-style front dial can be set to manually control settings, including exposure, focus and step zoom
    • full-HD movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
    • variable ISO settings, including a high sensitivity setting (ISO 12,800) for better low-light shooting
    • records in RAW and JPEG formats for greater creative flexibility during editing
    • DIGIC 5 image processor for faster camera response and better image quality
    • burst shooting mode captures up to 10 shots at approx. 10 frames per second
    • face detection and red-eye correction for better portraits
    • high-speed autofocus
    • optical viewfinder
    • built-in flash
    Connections and Dimensions:
    Supplied Accessories:
    • rechargeable lithium-ion battery and AC charger
    • neck strap
    • software CD-ROM
    Reviews

    Canon PowerShot G15 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    6 Reviews

    Canon PowerShot G15

    Written by: Sandy R. from West Palm Beach. Fla. on October 20, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Not being of the "Digital Age" I'm having some difficulties getting used to it. Your tech support tried very hard to help me, but I will just have to do a trial by error approach. The "Auto" mode is simple and I did get off some very nice shots, but I want to get into the Aperture priority mode and spot metering, as soon as possible. I really need help there. it is light weight, very easy to handle, and the auto focus does well. As soon as I learn more , will update the review as to how well it does the job.

    Pros: Light weight, good auto mode, easy zoom.

    Cons: The written manual is for the birds, and the CD-Rom is just as bad. it is not written for someone who is not familiar with digital cameras. It does not address some of the points of interest , such as center weighted metering or spot metering. The tech tried to help and I thank him for his efforts.

    Canon Powershot G15

    Written by: Justin M from Northampton. PA on June 20, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent Point and shoot Camera as always from Canon.

    Pros: Excellent Pictures and Video

    Cons: None so far

    No where close to the G-12

    Written by: KYKID from Shepherdsville, KY on June 4, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did Professional Photography for 35 years. So I do know something about Cameras. About 3 years ago I bought a Canon 60D. Very Nice Camera. I did not use in enough to justify the cost. So I sold it, and bought a Canon G-11. Used it for some time and liked what you could do with it. When the G-12 came out I bought it. Like I told some people. I called it a Mini SLR. You could just about do as much with the G-12 as a Larger SLR. I always shoot in RAW Format. I have gotten great pictures with that Camera. Anyway. My niece daughter asked me to take her wedding Pictures, so I wanted to get something else. Maybe I bigger SLR. I tried the G-15 first. I had it 1 Day and sent it back. Does not come close to the G-12. The Pictures are terrible for me. I know being a Professional Photographer you are more critical. I like Canon Products. I think they made a Big Mistake with the G-15. For this price, you can buy a much better Camera. If you are thinking about the G-15. You need to do some homework.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Quality build and quality pictures

    Written by: Robin from Gig Harbor, WA on May 19, 2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Canon made the best of the Point and Shoot line with the G15. You can't go wrong with this camera. It has a solid build and includes many features that DSLR cameras have. It even has a viewfinder which some cameras have omitted.

    Pros: Good colors, sharp pictures, fast auto focus, simple to learn and use. There are also plenty of choices for creativity like fish eye lens, HDR, etc.

    Cons: Only 12 MP but sufficient for online posting and print outs.

    Great camera -- we love it

    Written by: Gaius G from Cape Cod MA on October 21, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off, we are not experts on cameras at all. We wanted a point and shoot camera that had some good manual capabilities so that we could learn more and start doing more sophisticated photography besides just point and shoot. Our criteria for selection were: 1) High res, great quality pics 2) As fast a shutter speed as possible -- taking pictures with the plethora of cheaper cameras we had bought was USELESS, since by the time you snap the shot it has changed completely 3) Viewfinder window -OR- a view screen that you could actually see in sunlight. The group of cheaper cameras we tried were USELESS outdoors. Screen totally unusable outdoors on the cheaper models. 4) Small and lightweight 5) Reasonable zoom We have ALL of these things in this camera. It has both a viewfinder and view screen on the back -- it is amazing to see a view screen that actually works in sunlight! Shutter speed is much, much faster than the cheap-o cameras. Not completely instantaneous on fast sequential shots, but very good. Quality of the pictures does not disappoint -- vibrant and clear. The quality you'd expect from a Canon. We are really happy with this purchase and would highly recommend it to people with similar camera specifications.

    Pros: fast shutter speed real viewfinder view screen works in bright light good zoom

    Cons:

    The next step up

    Written by: ATLDad from Atlanta, GA on October 18, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First the disclaimer, my favorite point and shoot even after the G1X came out was still the Canon G12. The balance of size, versatility, and image quality at that price point was simply better. Ultimately, I do believe if you want the best image quality (from a non-interchangeable lens camera) and are willing to tinker, have cash to spend, and don't mind the size, the G1X is it. But for me, I wanted the best at what I consider a reasonable price...and that is the G15. The picture quality seems better to me than the G12..particularly in lower light. Of course, the bright lens has a lot to do with that, but the sensor and processing seem better also with respect to low-light shooting. It is also slightly smaller and faster and I will miss the flip screen on occassion, but 95% of the time, the flip screen was just something else to do before I could frame a shot. After adding all the advantages up, I'm totally satisfied and consider it a worthwhile upgrade and the G15 is now my favorite point and shoot as it's faster and takes better images than the G12 and it "can" fit in a pocket...meaning it is passable in pants pockets...I did not consider the G12 as passable. One of the best questions to ask when upgrading is whether the new features allow you to get images you otherwise couldn't get. The G15 for me was an absolute yes. I really like this camera. Better video for some of my toddler's moments and even the auto mode seems better for those times my wife has it.

    Pros: image quality, low-light shooting, ease of use

    Cons: none

    Details

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    What's in the box?

    Download the Canon PowerShot G15 manual

    • Digital camera (black)
    • NB-10L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.4 V/920 mAh/6.8 Wh) with plastic terminal cover
    • CB-2LC battery charger (Output 8.4V/0.7A)
    • Adjustable neck strap
    • Digital Camera Solution Disk ver.127.0 CD-ROM
    • Getting Started Guide (Eng/Span)
    • Warranty card
    • Canon Customer Support/Online Product Registration card
    • Important Safety Instructions (for battery charger)
    • Canon Printer info sheet

    Features and Specs

    General
    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-140mm
    Optical Zoom 5x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Manual Exposure Yes
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Mini
    Memory
    Internal Memory N/A
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Image
    Effective Megapixel Count 12.1
    Total Megapixels 13.3
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 4000 x 3000
    HD Video Recording 1920 x 1080
    Dimensions
    Width (inches) 4-5/16
    Height (inches) 3-1/8
    Depth (inches) 1-5/8
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 12.4
    Warranty
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

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