Canon PowerShot G15

Canon updates its popular G-series cameras with the G15, equipped with a fast lens and manual controls.

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First impressions

It's that time of year again for an update to the G series of Canon cameras. The G15 succeeds the G12, mysteriously skipping the 13 and 14 numbers in the product range. Canon has said that this camera harks back to the days of the "classic" G7 and G9 models, which is reflected in the slimline chassis. That said, the G15 appears exactly how you would expect a G-series camera to look, so there's no big surprises here in terms of overall design.

Lens specifications are much more exciting, especially considering that it has a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and it only closes down to f/2.8 throughout the 5x optical zoom range. Macro shooters are well catered for, considering that the G15's lens can shoot as close as 1cm to your subject. The image sensor gets an upgrade to a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS unit.

At the rear is a 3-inch 922,000-dot LCD screen. As per usual, the G15 captures RAW images, and gets a maximum ISO boost to 12,800. Additional shooting modes such as high dynamic range (HDR) options are provided in the camera. A wide range of accessories can be used with the G15, including speedlights from the EOS SLR range. The G15 will be available from mid-October 2012.

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