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CanonPowerShot G15 Digital Camera
 
4.7

(based on 389 reviews)

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    (106)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (311)
  • Easy to use (287)
  • Compact (240)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (238)
  • Good in low light (224)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (51)
  • Poor flash (28)
  • Lag / shutter delay (13)
  • Short battery life (11)
  • No image stabilization (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (256)
  • Family photos (246)
  • Landscape/scenery (210)
  • Low light (195)
  • Video (104)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (147), Casual photographer (79), Semi-pro photographer (67), Pro photographer (28), Photography student (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (284), Yes (45)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Loved my first G15; so I bought a second

Digital Compacts that I use:
Canon G15 PowerShot (two)
Canon G11 PowerShot
Canon G5 PowerShot (two)
Olympus E-p1
Olympus E-p3

G15 Pros (* indicates...Read complete review

Digital Compacts that I use:
Canon G15 PowerShot (two)
Canon G11 PowerShot
Canon G5 PowerShot (two)
Olympus E-p1
Olympus E-p3

G15 Pros (* indicates the ones that are very important to me):

*Maximum Aperture – I shoot a lot in dim lighting without flash and therefore need a fast maximum aperture. The fast maximum aperture in my G15 (f/1.8) and my G5 (f/2) give me what I need. The slower maximum aperture in my G11 (f/2.8) was very disappointing.

*Quiet Operation – the Canon G series cameras are so quiet that they are my first choice when I am shooting in theatres and recording studios.

*Image Quality – Since I make prints larger than 14X16 inches, image quality is very important to me. The G15 and G11 provide me with the image quality I need.

Menu – very similar to G11

External Controls – similar to G11

Black Body – this small, black, inconspicuous body is my first choice when I must shoot clandestinely.

Small size and Light Weight – when I need to travel with one lens and one body, this fixed lens camera is my first choice.

Focal Length Range – the 28-140mm equivalent focal length (same as the G11) covers 80% of the shots I take.

Fast Aperture – the f/1.8 aperture at the 28mm focal length and the f/2.8 aperture at the 140mm focal length are fast enough for most of the shots I take.

Thumb Rest – too often, on my G5 and G11, my right thumb would accidentally press a button on the back of the camera. Having a safe place to park my right thumb reduces this occurrence.

Texture/Feel – love the feel of the rough texture on the surface on the camera body.

Electronic Level – this feature puts an electronic spirit level in the LCD display. This feature is very useful when shooting landscapes to determine if the camera is level. This feature is not present in the G11 or G5.


G15 Cons (* indicates the ones that are very important to me):

*No articulated LCD – being able to easily take ground level, waist level, and over-the-head shots with the articulated LCD is one of the main reasons I have loved my G5 and G11. The loss of this feature is the main reason I cannot give the G15 a 5-star rating.

*Lens is not interchangeable. Even though this lens covers 80% of my shooting needs, it would be nice to be able to change the lens to cover the missing 20%.

*Variable Maximum Aperture – I would much rather have a constant f/1.8 aperture lens instead of the variable aperture f/1.8 to f/2.8 lens.

*Manual Focus – it is very difficult to manual focus my G15, G11, and G5. I wish I could find a digital compact with an easy to use rangefinder focusing system.

*Microphone Jack – I have a shotgun mike that fits in the hotshoe but the G15 (like the G5 and G11) does not have a microphone jack.

*Image Numbering – wish I had more control over the image numbering sequence so I could differentiate images taken by similar cameras. I run into problems when my two G15 cameras and my G11 create images with the same file name. I would love to be able to place the letter "A" in front of the file name of the G15 images, the letter "B" in front of the file names of the G11 images, and the letter "C" in front of the file names of the second G15 so I could differentiate image A12345 from image B12345 from image C12345.

ISO Control – on my G11, there was an ISO control dial on the top of the camera body. I could change the ISO without turning the camera on. On the G15, the dial was removed. The only way to change ISO on the G15 is through the menu when the camera is turned on.

Battery and Battery Charger – the G15, G11, and G5 all use different batteries and battery chargers. I wish they could share batteries and chargers.

Battery/Memory Card Door - the door is not located in a good position. When I have to change the battery and/or memory card, I must remove the camera from the tripod to open the door. This con is the same for my G11 but not for my G5. In the G5, the tripod blocks the battery door but not the memory card door.

Tripod Socket – is not located in line with the optical center of the lens. This is important when I mount the camera on tripod to shoot panoramic shots that I will stitch.

Interval Timer – the G15 has a limit of 1 to 10 shots with a 1 to 30 second interval between shots. My G11 has a limit of 1 to 10 shots with a 0 to 30 second interval between shots. My G5 has a limit of 2 to 100 shots with a 1 to 60 minute interval. I wish my G15 (and G11) had an interval timer like my G5.

Built-In Flash – the built-in flash and flash switch on the G15 are located where the exposure compensation dial was located on my G11. I need the compensation dial in that location more than I need the flash and flash switch.

3:2 Guide – this feature, which provides crop lines on the LCD display for composing a scene using a 3:2 aspect ratio instead of the default 4:3 ratio, is found in the G11 but is missing in the G15.

Movie Shutter Release – there is a button for the movie shutter release and another button for the still image shutter release. This is different from my other compacts where the same button functions as the shutter release for both stills and movies. Too many times I have mistakenly pressed the still shutter release and thought I was filming a movie.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Latest from Canon G Series

I use the G15 when i don't want to carry around the Canon 7D. The G15 easily fits my pocket and i find it handy to have a quality compact with me but not...Read complete review

I use the G15 when i don't want to carry around the Canon 7D. The G15 easily fits my pocket and i find it handy to have a quality compact with me but not be in the way when i don't need it. I've used other G series camera and i don't find this significantly different. The lens is faster although i rarely shoot wide open ... the sharpness seems to same as other G cameras and the closeness that the macro can shoot is amazing. The viewfinder is there for convenience, not accuracy as it offers no information on what you are about to shoot and in tele-shooting is off center quite a bit. However, for the price, it works well for what i want and as long as i work in the parameters of its abilities - its a good camera.

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5.0

great pocket camera

By Bob

from NYC

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

    not quite a replacement for DSLR, but close, lots of nice features, easy to use, good quality, very carryable, has a viewfinder, biggie for me,

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    • No

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    5.0

    its wonderfull

    By saul

    from israel

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

      very nice pictures

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      excellent compact camera....

      By Bert

      from Dublin Ireland

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

      • Poor Flash

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

      As both a backup to my SLR and for more casual shooting.
      very good high ISO .up to 3200..poor at 12800
      viewfinder useful except for poor coverage..typ 80%
      love the bright screen and excellent video

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      • No

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      5.0

      A Lot of Camera

      By Retired Retread

      from Santa Cruz, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good in Low Light
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

        Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

        This replaced my Powershot A510, which I'd been using for 10 years. The G15's low light capability was the main draw, as I use it hand-held in museums where no flash is allowed. The shape of the camera is good to hold, like the A510, and the texture of the body coating is nice. As strictly an amateur, this is all the camera I could ever want, and I think it will serve till I croak! Many useful features here, and only a few silly ones. The Smile Detection thing is asinine. This is my first experience with mail-order shopping for a camera, and it was a perfect experience. Thanks!

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        5.0

        Great investment

        By psmint

        from Lancaster, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

            Wonderful, prompt and professional service from B&H. This camera fits the bill and performs in an outstanding manner. Very happy with the purchase.

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            5.0

            Great service

            By EarlS

            from St louis MO

            Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

            Item was delivered in a timely basis product was exactly as described it meets my needs perfectly thank you for the good service

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            5.0

            Fantastic quality!

            By SJanuary

            from Detroit, MI

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

              This camera shoots high quality photos and is user friendly for a novice. Great customer service from B&H

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              • No

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              5.0

              i would buy this camera again

              By shawn

              from Artesia CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Poor Image Stabilization

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                it is very light camera for $ u paid its great one

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                • No

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                5.0

                Durable body,Quality pics,good choise

                By safety coordinator

                from Beech Island, S.C.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                  Used in industrial setting for variety of applications still and video.The durable body will serve us well.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great Viewfinder

                  By Cross Country Skiing Carl

                  from Albuquerque, NM

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good in Low Light

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                      The viewfinder makes it much easier to shoot in bright conditions, for example, out on snow when wearing sunglasses.Confusing operation if you're use to Nikon's way of selecting items, for example, varying ISO or white balance but one gets use to.Missing a knurled knob for varying shutter speeds and aperture in the P mode.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Nice point and shoot

                      By Bill

                      from Pittsburgh, PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                        I bought this camera to take when my 7D is just to much to carry. I just took it on a trip to Washington DC and carried it in my cargo pocket, it is a little on the heavy side for a point and shoot, but it does fit in your pocket and all the extra features on make it so worth the extra weight. It takes great pictures and I got a few 8X10 and they look great. So far I have no complaints about it.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        A Gift worth giving

                        By Canon70D

                        from Boston,Ma

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact and light
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color

                        Cons

                        • Carry Strap With Camera

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                        This was a birthday gift for my wife. A Novice photographer that likes to travel.
                        Simple and easy to follow instructions.Has many optional features she can use to be more creative as she becomes more comfortable with camera.
                        Compact design for easy travel with very good images for the money. Battery life is longer than expected and takes great low light images without use of flash.
                        The carry strap that came with camera is not very comfortable.This is the only Con thus far.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Excellent P&S camera!!

                        By DanO

                        from Illinois

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Short Lag Time
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Produces Great Portraits
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                          The Canon G15 offers numerous pro-quality features and options for capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments! The fast f/1.8 lens is tack-sharp and allows low-light captures with ease. The auto-focus is very fast and accurate. Intuitively designed function dials and buttons makes getting your shots quickly. Navigating the menus is straightforward and logical! I particularly like the shark-skin like finish on the body. Hand-feel is comfortable and secure and the finish provides additional slip resistance. The camera is a joy to use and produces great images!! I would definitely recommend the Canon G12 to a friend! If you're truly serious about getting great shots with ease and having creative options at your fingertips, then this is an outstanding P&S camera with which to do so!!

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                          5.0

                          Best point-and-shoot camera I owned.

                          By Edgar

                          from Baguio City, Philippines

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Short Lag Time

                          Cons

                          • Limited Zoom

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                          Not the lightest, not the smallest but I like this camera. One thing I like is how fast this camera focuses. Images are superb, the camera feels tough. I like snorkeling so I bought the underwater housing wp-dc48 too. I still have to test the underwater housing when I go on vacation though.Everyday shooting and documenting.

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                          5.0

                          Wonderful small camera

                          By Melinda

                          from Lynchburg VA

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                          This camera arrived on time and in excellent condition. I must say I am really enjoying it. It is the most advanced of the PowerShot cameras that I have owned. I can use it at F1.4 for soft backgrounds, and can clearly see all F stops and shutter speeds just by turning the dial. It has a dial which adds or subtracts light from an image and it takes beautiful pictures. Best of all, for me, it is tiny and compact and very easy to carry around.

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                          5.0

                          Best all around camera.

                          By Xavier.

                          from NJ

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                            The G15 it is a great small camera, with more manual control than a regular point-and shoot. I am very happy with this purchase, I think it is the best for anybody who do not want to carry 15 or more pounds of equipment on a vacation or just walking around. I bough the Canon G15 at B&H and great price too.

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                            5.0

                            G15 will do the job

                            By Scotty

                            from Long Beach CA

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                            I bought this camera to use in Europe instead of dragging around my Canon T3 all over the place. So far it appears to be a fine substitute. I like I can shoot AV, TV or manual and different other automatic settings and it has a standard flash shoe too. It's a lot of camera considering it is small.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome

                            By Louis

                            from Rio rancho, NM

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                              Gift from my wife so I can join the fun! It has many DSLR feartures. The macro mode is outstanding. Really good diffused/blur backgrounds. Live histogram saves lots of time. Even with this fast lens though it will never be as fast as an DSLR with 2.8 glass but it is much faster than my SX120IS point and shoot. I love this camera and it goes with me everywhere. It's a great replacement for my DSLR when going to amusement parks so I can ride the rides with my family vs. hanging on the sidelines with my gear. I am not willing to give up RAW so the point and shoot always stayed home, not anymore! We have 2 young boys and one of us must ride with them, now we both do and I can still capture the RAW images for creative, high quality photos. I can wipe out the grain at ISO 6400 with Lightroom only but the image does get a little soft. Realistaclly ISO 800 max. This is still way better than the average PS. If you don't process pics and clean the noise you may want to stick with ISO 400 max.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent choice

                              By Sharp Shooter

                              from South Florida

                              Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                              I bought this camera to use when I did not want to carry my SLR. I was pleasantly supprised with the quality of the photos. The 1.8 lens proformed very well in low light situations give very sharp shots. This is a camera I would recommend to anyone needing this type of camera. To top things off the camera was delivered on time. Very professional service overall by B&H Photo.

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                              5.0

                              powershot g15

                              By mimmy

                              from ny

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Nice Body Color

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Canon PowerShot G15 Digital Camera:

                                the camera snaps absolutely gorgeous pictures
                                color contrast is so clear and live pictures.

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