Professionals and intermediaries have reason to be ecstatic about the newest entrant to fill in a spot in the G-series of compact digital camera range by Canon. The body of the camera is tough, and can withstand wild outdoor adventures. It has great optics like any camera claiming to have it all should. The external controls are just enough to afford easy functionality and operational contentment. The previous model of the G-series was the G1 X which had a few never before seen features that made it a standout camera. That model had a 1.5-inch type sensor equalling the size found in entry level and pricey DSLRs. The present new PowerShot G-15 is a better version of the G12 that came out into production in 2010. Now in calling the G15 an upgrade to the G12, we really do hope it takes things further.
The sensor on the G15 is a 11.7-inch sensor. The sensor found on the G15 is the CMOS kind instead of the CCD type sensor. The resolution had been augmented to 12.1 megapixels from the previous 10 megapixelation. The lens is a great 28 mm at the wide end which make can be extended to 140 mm, which is a fantastic 5x optical zoom. The G15 has an f1.8 aperture at the wide end, however you use the f2.8 throughout the zoom range. With this, it offers more brightness and pictures snapped even in low light have incredible clarity without the need to use flash. Furthermore, the shallow depth of field or background blur is well pronounced making it possible to shoot using the largest aperture like for instance in macro mode, to get maximum details from images.
The G15 packs in a 922k dots. The move to make the camera slimmer has taken away the flexible display and the G15 has been given a fixed display. It is 107 x 76 x 40 mm which makes it not small enough to slip into your pocket and not feel the bulge and size. It weighs about 352 grams with the li-ion battery put in place. You also get full HD video recording from 720p with a better EV range (±2 to ±3). The ISO range has also been increased. G12 users can mistake the G15 to be their own for the most part. There are some miniscule alterations to the look, especially when viewed from the front. The size of the rubber grip has been increased. The top right corner looks bare since the G15 uses a pop up flash camera which can be initiated through a lever located behind the flash.
At the back of the camera is a 3 inch sized LCD display. To the right is the control panel which is a 5 way D-pad having a jog dial and buttons. There is a single button that can set the optimal aperture and shutter speed. Above the LCD screen is an optical viewfinder which has diptric adjustment. The playback button can also be found above the LCD screen. There is a dedicated button for video recording situated at the top right corner. The G15 is designed so well, that we rank it as one of the best compact cameras. It has a large number of controls, which are so craftily placed that it does not obstruct easy functionality. The UI is very intuitive and easy to use. Through the mode you can choose features like Auto, PASM, Scene, Creative filters and Movie modes. Access to the parameters can be had on the left side, instead of the cumbersome process of going through the Menu itself.
Using the Creative Filter mode pictures with effects like Nostalgic, Fish eye, Miniature, Toy camera, Monochrome and Color accent can be taken. The G15 is also capable of recording videos at full HD with the additional ability to shoot super slow-motion videos. The G15 is available in India at for Rs.34,995/-.
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