Type Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical, 4x Digital and 20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
Image Capture Device
Type 12.1 Megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CMOS
Total Pixels Approx. 13.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 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. (5cm) - infinity (W), 1.3 ft. (40cm) - infinity (T)
Normal with Tele-converter: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 2.5 ft. (75cm) - infinity (T)
Auto: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 1.3 ft. (40cm) - infinity (T)
Auto with Tele-converter: 2.5 ft. (75cm) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 0.4 in. - 1.6 ft. (1-50cm) (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 Approx. 922,000 dots
LCD Coverage Approx. 100%
Aperture and Shutter
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/
Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF
** 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*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.
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), 1.6 - 15 ft. (T) (50cm - 7.0m (W), (50cm - 4.5m (T))
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.
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*1, Creative Filters*2, Movie*3
- Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
*1 Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter*4, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld NightScene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist
*2 High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap
*3 Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
*4 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
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*
*Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available
Self Timer Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*
*Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Wireless Control Not available
Continuous Shooting 1) Normal: Approx. 2.1 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 10 shots/sec.* (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
2) AF: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 5.2 shots/sec.* (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
3) LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (in P mode)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically
- Differs depending on the zoom position.
*Maximum continuous capture is 10 frames.
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:
1) 16:9 - Large: 4000 x 2248; Medium 1: 2816 x 1584; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360; RAW: 4000 x 2248
2) 3:2 - Large: 4000 x 2664; Medium 1: 2816 x 1880; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424; RAW: 4000 x 2664
3) 4:3 - Large: 4000 x 3000; Medium 1: 2816 x 2112; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 640 x 480; Raw: 4000 x 3000
4) 1:1 - Large: 2992 x 2992; Medium 1: 2112 x 2112; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480; RAW: 2992 x 2992
5) 4:5 - Large: 2400 x 3000; Medium 1: 1696 x 2112; Medium 2: 960 x 1200; Small: 384 x 480; RAW: 2400 x 3000
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)
Number of Recordable Images
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine
*The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.
Time of Recordable Movies
iFrame Movie, Movie Digest Mode*1
HD: 1280 x 720
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
Movie Size (KB/sec.)
27 min. 39 sec.
3 hrs. 35 min. 27 sec.
6 hrs. 49 min. 22 sec.
11 hrs. 22 min. 17 sec.
7 hrs. 34 min. 51 sec.
13 hrs. 38 min. 45 sec.
22 hrs. 44 min. 36 sec.
1 hr. 51 min. 37 sec.
14 hrs. 29 min. 36 sec.
27 hrs. 32 min. 15 sec.
45 hrs. 53 min. 45 sec.
30 hrs. 35 min. 50 sec.
55 hrs. 04 min. 31 sec.
91 hrs. 47 min. 32 sec.
Super Slow Motion Movie
640 x 480
320 x 240
Full HD: 1920 x 1080
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
Movie size (KB/sec.)
26 min. 24 sec.
52 min. 28 sec.
29 min. 39 sec.
42 min. 11 sec.
1 hr. 28 min. 59 sec.
1 hr. 46 min. 35 sec.
3 hrs. 31 min. 49 sec.
1 hr. 59 min. 43 sec.
2 hrs. 50 min. 19 sec.
5 hrs. 59 min. 10 sec.
*1Movie Digest refers to the created movie.
*2Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
*3Playback frame rate is 30 fps*2.
*4Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.
Playback Modes File Stills & Videos:
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)
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
Normal Playback*1, Slow Motion, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2, Erase chapters, Editing
Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.
*1 Audio settings available in 5 levels
*2 Approximately 4 seconds
*3 Slow motion available
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 connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Audio Out Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Other SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Power Source Battery Pack NB-10L, Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80)
Shooting Capacity Approx. 350 shots using LCD monitor
Approx. 770 shots when LCD monitor is off
Playback Time Approx. 7 hours
Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.20 x 2.99 x 1.58 in. / 106.6 x 75.9 x 40.1mm
Weight 12.4 oz. / 352g (CIPA standard)
10.9 oz. / 310g (camera only)
All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.
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Recent Purchase: Canon G15
A few weeks ago when visiting NYC, I went to the B & H Camera Store, stopping at the Canon kiosk on the 2nd floor. While I'd researched the Canon Powershot G15 as well as competitor cameras online, I wanted, as a longtime Canon user, to experience a demonstration with Canon first. After doing so, I bought a G15, and have used it extensively since then.
Previously, for the past 4 or 5 years, my camera of choice was the Canon Powershot G10. It was a real workhorse for fine art photography, street and tabletop photography, as well as for photo assignments for a local weekly newspaper. It's versatility was its best feature and I could take it anywhere. But, after using the new G15 for the past few weeks, I noticed significantly improved image quality to go along with its versatility.
Compared to the G10, whose exposure settings range from -2 to +2, the G15 settings range from -3 to +3. As someone who needs and shoots Macro 60% of the time, I found that the Macro setting on the G15 offered better resolution and a greater sense of detail than the G10, including other brands I'd tried. Macro focusing using the G15 is now easier and more accurate, producing a significant decrease in unfocused or blurry close-up results. But, the real surprise, and probably the most useful feature of the G15 for me is its automatic image stabilization setting which, of course, influences all the photos one will take with the camera.
To cite an extreme example that occurred when visiting the American Museum of Natural History last week, I took photos of a "Huasteca" stone sculpture from Mexico, a subject I'd taken pictures of in the past. Because of the chronically low-light situation in the Museum, I can't recall any of my previous pictures of that particular sculpture ever being usable due to camera noise, shake or blur. However, when using the new G15, the results were entirely different. Dubious about taking any photos of that and other sculptures under those conditions - the ceiling light above the "Huasteca" sculpture was burned out and the ambient light very poor - I reluctantly set the exposure to show just enough detail, then took several hand-held pictures expecting the same results as in the past. When I imported those and other low-light photos into my computer, I was amazed at the startling results. The pictures were not only correctly exposed but there was no sign of shake or blur and I didn't notice any noise either! That was the litmus test that I'd made the right decision by buying the G15.
Another bonus provided by the great improvement in the image stabilization setting, is that moving objects such as active grandchildren can now be photographed with much less "blur" than before - a considerable accomplishment.
However, I have two caveats: like the G10, the G15 has problems accurately reproducing various hues of Red and Orange, especially when shooting roses, for example. A second concern of mine is the megapixel count of 12.1 as opposed to 14.7 on the G10, one of the reasons I held out so long buying a new camera. I'm hoping to see a 16-18 megapixel camera from Canon in the not too distant future, making Canon more competitive with other brands with higher megapixel counts combined with the appropriate sensors. Other than that, the G15 is still a remarkably versatile camera that produces outstanding, high quality images that can be comfortably enlarged to 16" X 20". And with a higher megapixel count in the near future, the possibility of even bigger enlargements will be possible, something that bodes well for my fine art work. I like small cameras and big photos.
Since 9/11, I need to carry a camera at all times, and as much as the G10 was a durable tool for so long, I'm extremely pleased at the higher quality photos I've gotten so far from the G15. Had I read a user's review like mine a few months after the G15 was introduced, I would've bought one sooner.
I highly recommend the Canon G15.
May 20, 2013
Excellent but fragile
I have used most of the 'G' range, exception the G5, and my favorite the G10. I love the fixed screen - its slim robust and does not require opening and closing to use the camera. The image results outstanding - and I have compared to 4/3rds cameras and its even better that my G1x. BUT the body finish of the G15 is fragile and easily damaged, mine chipped in no time and made a nice camera look very second hand after a couple of outings. So I invite Canon to comment and return the G15 finish to the robust tough finish of the G10/11/12
April 13, 2013
Nice Camera! Well built. NOTE: The aperture only goes down to f8.0. No f16 and no f22.
March 14, 2013
Best Pocket Pro
I have two DSLRs and five lenses. I have been shooting professionally for many years, but sometimes, I get tired of packing all my stuff. I bought the G15 in the hopes of finding a top of the line pocket camera. Well.....this is the one for me. Listen....it's not a DSLR...OK. But for all around shooting...it is phenomenal. And it has many sweet features, like 10fps and night shots mode that really come in handy.
I love it.
March 3, 2013