The PowerShot G15 has a Dual Axis Electronic Level, featuring an artificial horizon over the image on the rear LCD screen or in the viewfinder for easy leveling while shooting. The dual axis electronic level shows both horizontal roll and vertical pitch, making it easy to identify when the camera is in a fixed level shooting position and ready to take the shot.
EOS-like Dial Setting
Like EOS Digital SLR cameras, the PowerShot G15 employs a pro-style Front Dial. The Front Dial can be set to control shooting parameters including aperture, shutter speed, step zoom, white balance, i-Contrast and aspect ratio.
Appending Copyright Information
The in-camera copyright information feature helps professionals secure control over images by setting copyright data directly into the camera and appending that information to each image file in the EXIF metadata.
PowerShot cameras offer shooting modes that make it easy to take perfect photos in a wide range of shooting situations by providing intelligent presets with optimized settings.
Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Custom Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
Manual You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-priority You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Smart AUTO The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Movie Digest Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into a video. Now easily playback and review clips, and delete unwanted scenes.
Portrait The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”
Smooth Skin Removes dullness, wrinkles, and harsh shadows for beautiful faces.
Smart Shutter The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
High-Speed Burst HQ Captures fast-action shots at full resolution, providing continuous shooting when the shutter button is held down.
Handheld Night Scene Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional Underwater Case required.
Snow Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Stitch Assist Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos.
Creative Filters This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
High Dynamic Range The camera combines three different exposures to get one evenly lit image.
Nostalgic Create the look and feel of old photographs using sepia tones and black-and-white.
Fisheye Effect Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect Emphasizes perspectives for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of the image.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Soft Focus Creates a hazy ambiance that's perfect for portraits and wedding photos.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Super Vivid Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Color Accent Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Movie Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Super Slow Motion Movie Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition.
Direct Connect to Your Printer
It's quick and easy to make beautiful prints from your PowerShot camera with Canon's Direct Print system. Directly connect your PowerShot camera to a Canon PIXMA or SELPHY photo printer with a USB cable and simply press the button to print; turn every favorite moment into an amazing photo.
Available in 30 Languages
There are now a total of 30 display languages from which you can choose: 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.
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