I am still searching for a replacement compact camera. My last compact was a Panasonic Lumix LX5 which died during an unfortunate accident on a long motorbike ride in Thailand, it seems the LX5 can’t handle shock or vibration that well. Well now I may just have found a successor. Canon has just released the Powershot G15.
I have used the now dated Canon G11 on several occasions before and I found it to be a very good camera in many aspects, although the main reason I would not have bought one for myself was it’s size, at 112 x 76 x 48 mm it is just too big.
In my opinion, if your compact camera can’t fit in your jeans pocket then it is not compact enough. The Lumix Lx5 was borderline for me, it was just small enough to pocket but still quite annoying to carry around. To be fair, the G11 did have a lot more control than the Lx5 which was so much easier to use in manual mode as it’s design is much closer to that of a full size DSLR with plenty of dials and switches to physically control the camera, instead of having to dig down into annoying on screen menus.
Apparently the new Canon powershot G15 is basically a better, faster, smaller version of the G11. Great! This camera could be the one for me. Let’s take a look at the released specs of the new Canon G15 –
- 28-140mm Lens
- Optical viewfinder
- ISO 80-12800
- 12MP 1/1.7″ Canon CMOS sensor
- Raw format recording
- DIGIC 5 processor
- Full HD movie recording
- Fixed 3″ 920k screen
So it has a faster lens, it has a higher 12.1 mega-pixel resolution using a new 1/1.7-type CMOS sensor. Yes the optical Image Stabiliser technology claims to give a 4-stops improvement and it has a 3″ purecolor IIG screen. Oh and don’t forget the new, faster autofocus system and it can now handle a burst rate of 10fps at full resolution.
This all sounds great, Really it does. But the real question I want answered is – Will it fit in my pocket as well as be able to do all these new wonderful things. They claim it is 17% smaller than the G12 but I need to test it for real, its dimensions are 107x7x40mm and when i try to crudely measure that out I can’t really imagine it fitting easily into any normal sized pocket, but maybe I am wrong. It is available to buy from late October so I will have to wait one more month before I can get my hands on one for real and try it out. The g15 is expected to retail for around £550 when it is released.