The Canon G15 enters the scene

Lucky taken with the Canon G15 - Austin, Texas

Lucky taken with the Canon G15 – Austin, Texas

Tradition dictates that Lucky, our family dog, need to be involved in any new camera acquisition. So here is Lucky reluctantly posing for my new Canon G15. The G15 is a high-end point and shoot nearly at the top of Canon’s range. They also have a G1 X, which is the most expensive PowerShot, but that one’s a dog. It has a focusing system in the same league as the EOS M (before the firmware update). So effectively the G15 is the best and highest end point and shoot that Canon makes.

About a month ago I mentioned that I had bought two more cameras in addition to the Canon 6D. The PowerShot G15 is one of those cameras — I’ll also reveal the 2nd new camera by the end of the week. These cameras join a crowded collection of devices that is filling every niche that I can define. The G15 is destined to fill the daily carry around camera role, the one currently occupied by the Olympus XZ-1.

Red is for Romance, Roppolo's Pizza - Austin, Texas

Red is for Romance, Roppolo’s Pizza – Austin, Texas

Jeweled Doorway, Hole in the Wall - Austin, Texas

Jeweled Doorway, Hole in the Wall – Austin, Texas

As much as I like the XZ-1 and I shot with it quite a bit during my travels — there was one thing that ultimately nagged me — I mentioned it in my Olympus XZ-1 review. Even at ISO 100, its lowest setting, the image quality was a bit lacking. There is a little bit of noise and the color is hesitant. For most people, I think its image quality is fine. For me, I found that it just quite didn’t deliver the quality that I wanted my casual “serious” work — the kind that I happen upon during my daily life.

The G15 is clearly better. At ISO 80, the quality is very nice. It’s nearly indistinguishable from my higher end cameras other than it tends to have more depth of field. Compared to the XZ-1, it might have about a stop of better high ISO noise performance. The G15’s ISO 800 kind of matches the XZ-1’s ISO 400. This allows me to make more acceptable images in marginal conditions. I’ll do a more thorough comparison between the two cameras in a future post. Keep in mind that the XZ-1 is nearly a 2 year old camera. The newer Olympus XZ-2 has performance similar to the Canon G15. It’s just that I had an opportunity to get this Canon at a great price.

Shiny Happy People, Target - Austin, Texas

Shiny Happy People, Target – Austin, Texas

Backlit Highway Grass - Austin, Texas

Backlit Highway Grass – Austin, Texas

I’ve been secretly shooting with the G15 for about a month now. I had the camera at the ROT Rally and used it along side the Canon 6D. Don’t worry, while I’ve added a couple of Canons to the mix but I’m still enjoying and committed to the Olympus cameras too. Though, ultimately, I really don’t care about camera companies and camera models. I care more about what capabilities they give me as a photographer.

So here is a mix of photos I’ve shot in the last month. There is a lot of variety since I try to carry it everywhere. I also shoot photos out my car too, though rest assured that I’m doing so at red lights. I noticed this beautifully waxed red Mustang. The owner was looking at my strangely. Quite understandable. Why would some one be shooting out their car, with the window rolled down? Heck, I’m sure more people would’ve been alarmed if I used my DSLR in this way. So is it called street photography when I shoot out the car? Maybe road photography?

Glowing Red Mustang, Frontage Road - Austin, Texas

Glowing Red Mustang, Frontage Road – Austin, Texas

Dreaming of Motorcycles, 2013 ROT Rally - Austin, Texas

Dreaming of Motorcycles, 2013 ROT Rally – Austin, Texas

I’m sure I’ll be posting more from this camera as I capture the casual, unscripted moments of my life. Capturing these are fun especially if its something that is unexpected and unusual.

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13 thoughts on “The Canon G15 enters the scene

  1. Good luck with all your buying! The main thing in photography is what you show!
    I believe in having prints made or done by self..Find it cheaper to use labs for 4×6″
    Seeing images on Monitor is OK. Real prints are safer..4×6 can be perfect.
    A small portfolio a good thing, to carry along on street shoot. Also good for ‘free’ prints.

  2. Wow, I really didn’t see this one coming…. After having my G11 stolen in Chicago, I replaced it with the G12. It’s OK, but I really wanted more for a “travel camera”, and that’s when I bought my Olympus OM-D E-M5. Now the G12 sits pretty much unused….

    1. Gregg,

      Though the G15 is still chunky, it’s noticeably smaller than the G12. It definitely smaller and more compact than on OM-D or even my much smaller E-PM2. The 28 – 140mm equivalent f1.8 to f2.8 lens that folds flush into the body is the main reason it interests me.

      It’s not really my travel camera, the Olympus Pens fill that role. It’s my everyday, carry around anywhere camera.

  3. I’ve been looking at the G15. The stopper for me is the lack of a more versatile lens. I know what I want … the problem is that what I want doesn’t seem to exist … or at least not at any price I can afford. I want a very high end point an shoot with at least an x12 zoom, but with a wide angle too … and oh yeah, I want great optics, fast lens, RAW capability. And compact enough to carry in my purse. The G15 is close … but … not quite. I’ll be interested to find out what your third choice is.

  4. Hi there! I don’t know if this question is appropriate for this blog, but I’ll ask anyway. I am loving my G15, I nearly killed my G9, carrying it everywhere with me and taking great photos. Nonetheless, when setting up my G15, I opted to have the date stamped on each photo, now that I have shot my first round of photos with this camera, I find the stamp utterly distracting and tacky. The problem is, I can’t seem to find a way of shutting this option off or deleting it from my menu options. I have gone through the menu as well as purchased David Busch’s book on the Canon G15. (book is actually worthless) And with both of the guide books, I can’t find a way of turning this option off. By the way, I love your photos! I’m down the road in San Antonio

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      I just played around with my G15. It appears that the date stamp option is only active when the camera is on JPEG mode and not RAW. So if your image type is set to RAW, there is no way to disable the date stamp. The easiest way I found to turn off the date stamp feature is turn the mode dial to the green AUTO mode (Auto mode always shoots in JPEG, I believe). Hit the menu button. In the first menu tab (the one with the camera icon), scroll almost all the way down and there is a menu option called “Date Stamp”. Set that option to Off and your done. Once you turn this off, Yyu can move the mode dial from AUTO to anything you like.

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