Product snapshot: Canon PowerShot G15 camera

If you want control over your camera, this is one of the best point-and-shoots to get

As point-and-shoot cameras go, there are two distinct categories. You can buy a point-and-shoot camera without a great deal of control — these are made for people who just want to take photos, with no fussing around.

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The other kind of camera is the category into which the Canon PowerShot G15 fits comfortably — cameras with plenty of manual control, individual dials for specific settings, and most of the power of full-size digital SLRs.

The PowerShot G15 sits at the pinnacle of Canon’s point-and-shoot camera line-up, above the equally powerful, but much smaller, PowerShot S110. What you get from the G15 is a huge amount of manual control. Strewn across the front, back and top of the camera are dials and buttons that can be customised to almost any setup you could want.

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Up top, the camera has a shooting mode dial next to a dedicated exposure compensation adjustment, a pop-up flash and flash hot-shoe, power button and combination shutter button/zoom rocker. On the front, there’s a small dial for changing shutter speed, or aperture, or ISO, in the respective shooting mode.

The back of the camera is as filled with buttons as any point-and-shoot or mirrorless camera on the market. They’re multi-mode buttons, too, depending on whether you’re in the camera’s shooting or playback mode. a five-way navigation pad with yet another control dial sits where your thumb falls, and there’s a record button for direct movie capture.

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All of this means a camera that’s very versatile. If you like adjusting photo settings, or playing around with your camera before you snap a picture, the PowerShot G15 is a perfect choice — without having to shell out for a full-size, full-weight, full-fat digital SLR.

Like other high-end point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot G15 has a thumbnail-sized 12-megapixel sensor. This is mated to an integrated 28-140mm (equivalent) lens with a fast variable aperture of f1.8-2.8 — one of the most versatile and brightest zoom lenses of any point-and-shoot camera. The PowerShot G15 has an ISO range of 80-12800, making it versatile enough to use in bright to dim environments. It’s also got excellent integrated image stabilisation.

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The Canon PowerShot G15 is a very specific breed of point-and-shoot camera — one for buyers who want every facet of manual control, but don’t want a larger or more complicated mirrorless camera or digital SLR.

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Campbell Simpson

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