Canon PowerShot G15

Updated May 31, 2014
Canon PowerShot G15

Bottom line

The Canon G series is once again the go-to choice for photographers looking for a serious compact camera, reviews say. The Canon PowerShot G15 delivers the total package: It's speedy, durable, easy to handle, shoots very nice photos and videos, and fits into a jacket pocket. Only the pricier Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, with its big 20-megapixel image sensor, comes more highly recommended in reviews of pocket cameras.

Ease of use

"A joy to use," say the experts at DPReview.com, where the G15 earns a rare Gold Award. Unlike tiny pocket cameras, the G15 has room for a bunch of high-end features. Two textured grips make the G15 comfortable to hold. It has an optical viewfinder (rare for this class), plus a bright 3-inch LCD screen and "the most external controls in its class," DPReview.com editors say. No lens ring, but you get two customizable control dials plus a dedicated exposure compensation dial.

The G15 is a "pocketable photographic tool that offers almost the same degree of control as much larger DSLRs," say DPReview.com experts. It also includes the usual auto modes if you prefer to let the camera do the work.

ProsOutstanding photos, even in low light, Snappy performance; great handling, Big-camera features , Fits into a jacket pocketConsLittle manual control in video mode, No in-camera panorama
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