Hands-On Review: the Canon G15

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The Canon G series has long been considered an advanced, high end point-and-shoot camera, and for good reasons. The PowerShot G15 carries on in this tradition and in this five-minute overview, Larry Becker covers all the reasons why this camera is so powerful. Suitable for everyone, including the serious enthusiast or the professional who needs a light, secondary camera, the camera sports a hot shoe and mode dial with all the usual setting options, including full manual. Needless to say, beginners or casual shooters have not been forgotten when it comes to the operation of the camera.

Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical, 4x Digital and 20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
Sensor 12.1 Megapixel, 1/1.7" CMOS
Total Pixels Approximately 13.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approximately 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length 6.1 (W) - 30.5 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm)
Digital Zoom 4.0x
Focusing Range Normal: 2.0 in (cm) - infinity (W), 1.3 ft (40 cm) - infinity (T)
Normal with Tele-converter: 2.0 in (5 cm) - infinity (W), 2.5 ft (75 cm) - infinity (T)
Auto: 0.4 in (1 cm) - infinity (W), 1.3 ft (40 cm) - infinity (T)
Auto with Tele-converter: 2.5 ft (75 cm) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 0.4 in - 1.6 ft (1-50 cm) (W)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels Approximately 922,000 dots
LCD Coverage  Approximately 100%
Maximum Aperture f/1.8 (W), f/2.8 (T)
Shutter Speed 1-1/4000 sec
15-1/4000 sec (in Tv and M modes)
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
Light Metering Method Evaluative (facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF)
Center-weighted average
Spot (metering frame is fixed to the center)
Exposure Control Method Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Exposure Compensation Still Images: +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control Auto (camera automatically sets the optimal ISO according to shooting mode), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2 
Built-In Flash Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
(Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect)
Flash Range 1.6 ft - 23 ft (W), 5 cm - 7 m (W), 1.6 ft - 15 ft (T), 50 cm - 4.5 m (T)
Recycling Time 10 sec or less (battery voltage: 7.4 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes C1, C2, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Movie Digest
SCN (Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter [Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer], High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld NightScene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist)
Creative Filters (High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap)
Movie (Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie)
Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color (adjustments of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone available)
Self-Timer Approximately 10 seconds delay
Approximately 2 seconds delay
Custom (delay time of 0-15 seconds in one-second increments, 20, 25, 30 seconds, and number of shots, 1-10 shots in one-shot increments can be specified)
Wireless Control Not available
Continuous Shooting Normal:
Approximately 2.1 shots/second in P mode
Approximately 10 shots/second (10 frames maximum continuous capture) in High-Speed Burst HQ
AF:
Approximately 0.9 shots/second in P mode
Approximately 5.2 shots/second (10 frames maximum continuous capture) in High-Speed Burst HQ
LV:
Approximately 0.9 shots/second in P mode

(Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically)
(Differs depending on the zoom position)
Storage Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
File Format  Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format Superfine / Fine
JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM Stereo)
Number of Recording Pixels  Still Images:
16:9 - Large: 4000 x 2248; Medium 1: 2816 x 1584; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360; RAW: 4000 x 2248 
3:2 - Large: 4000 x 2664; Medium 1: 2816 x 1880; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424; RAW: 4000 x 2664
4:3 - Large: 4000 x 3000; Medium 1: 2816 x 2112; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 640 x 480; Raw: 4000 x 3000
1:1 - Large: 2992 x 2992; Medium 1: 2112 x 2112; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480; RAW: 2992 x 2992
4:5 - Large: 2400 x 3000; Medium 1: 1696 x 2112; Medium 2: 960 x 1200; Small: 384 x 480; RAW: 2400 x 3000

Videos:
Full HD 1920 x 1080: 24 fps (23.976)
HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
iFrame Movie HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Movie Digest HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps
Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480: 120 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 320 x 240: 240 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Image Data (Large) 16:9
File Size (Superfine) - 4.5MB
Images per 8GB Card - 1,729
Images per 32GB Card - 6,980
3:2
File Size (Superfine) - 5.1MB
Images per 8GB Card - 1,515
Images per 32GB Card - 6,118
4:3
File Size (Superfine) - 5.7MB
Images per 8GB Card - 1,379
Images per 32GB Card - 5,568
1:1
File Size (Superfine) - 4.2MB
Images per 8GB Card - 1,832
Images per 32GB Card - 7,397
4:5
File Size (Superfine) - 3.4MB
Images per 8GB Card - 2,273
Images per 32GB Card - 9,178
(lower resolution settings allow for greater number of images)
Movie Data

iFrame Movie, Movie Digest:
HD: 1280 x 720, 30 fps (29.97)
Time on 8GB Card: 27 min 39 sec
Time on 32GB Card: 1 hr 51 min 37 sec


Miniature Effect:
HD: 1280 x 720, 6 fps (30 fps playback), 5x
Time on 8GB Card: 3 hr 35 min 27 sec
Time on 32GB Card: 14 hr 29 min 36 sec
640 x 480, 6 fps (30 fps playback), 5x
Time on 8GB Card: 7 hr 34 min 51 sec
Time on 32GB Card: 30 hr 35 min 50 sec


Super Slow Motion Movie:
640 x 480, 240 fps (30 fps playback)
Time on 8GB Card: 26 min 24 sec
Time on 32GB Card: 1 hr 46 min 35 sec
320 x 240, 6 fps (30 fps playback), 5x
Time on 8GB Card: 52 min 28 sec
Time on 32GB Card: 3 hr 31 min 49 sec


Other:
Full HD: 1920 x 1080, 24 fps (23.98)
Time on 8GB Card: 29 min 39 sec
Time on 32GB Card: 1 hr 59 min 43 sec
HD: 1280 x 720, 30 fps (29.97)
Time on 8GB Card: 42 min 11 sec
Time on 32GB Card: 2 hr 50 min 19 sec

Still and Video Auto Rotate (Automatic Vertical/Horizontal Detection), Index Continuous Display, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Still Images Single, Index, Magnification (2-10x), Switch to other images while zoomed, Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Photobook Setup, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Face ID info, Focus Check, Histogram, RGB Histogram, Location Information, Overexposure Warning
Videos Normal Playback (audio settings available in 5 levels), Slow Motion, Skip Backward (approximately 4 seconds), Previous Frame (slow motion available), Next Frame(slow motion available), Skip Forward (approximately 4 seconds), Erase chapters, Editing

Using the included ImageBrowser EX software allows for 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies on a computer.
Erase Modes Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images

The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased). Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie can be deleted.
Video Out NTSC/PAL - dedicated female mini-HDMI connector with unified type of digital, audio and video
Audio Out Stereo - dedicated female connector with unified type of digital, audio and video
Other SD memory card slot
Direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible printers
Power Source Battery Pack NB-10L, Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80)
Shooting Capacity Approximately 350 shots using LCD monitor
Approximately 770 shots with LCD monitor off
Playback Time Approximately 7 hours
Display Languages 30 - English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Operating Humidity 10 to 90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.2 x 3 x 1.6" (107 x 76 x 40mm)
Weight 12.4 oz (352 g) CIPA standard

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