Canon PowerShot G15


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    Canon PowerShot G15

      In summary

      Buy this camera if:

       - You want a customisable camera with manual controls.
       - You'd like plenty of scene pre-sets and Creative Filters.
       - You’re interested in shooting raw files.
       - You want effective image stabilisation.
       - You require high resolution and low noise levels at high ISO settings.
       - You’d like the ability to shoot 1080p HD video clips and low-resolution slow-motion movies.

      Don’t buy this camera if:
       - You require an adjustable LCD monitor. 
       - You want to take long exposures with high ISO settings.

      Full review

      Canon's new PowerShot G15 replaces the popular G12 and is the second G-series model released this year (although the G1X's large sensor puts it in a different class). We're not sure why Canon skipped the intervening numbers but the latest iteration maintains the same basic design and handling characteristics of the series. However, some features have been updated; others pared back, making the new camera somewhat different from its predecessor.

      Angled front view of the PowerShot G15 with its pop-up flash raised. (Source: Canon.)

      The table below compares key features from both cameras.

       

      PowerShot G15

      PowerShot G12

      Total megapixels

      13.3

      10.4

      Effective megapixels

      12.1

      10.0

      Image processor

      DIGIC 5

      DIGIC 4

      Lens

      6.1-30.5mm f/1.8-2.8

      6.1-30.5mm f/2.8-4.5

      35mm equivalent

      28-140mm

      Digital zoom

      4x and 10x ZoomPlus

      4x

      Monitor

      Fixed 3-inch TFT  colour LCD with 922,000 dots

      Vari-angle 2.8-inch TFT  colour LCD with 461,000 dots 

      Shutter speeds

      15 to 1/4000 sec. seconds  in TV and M modes; min. 1 second in other modes

      Exposure compensation

      +/- 3 EV in 1/3 EV steps

      +/- 2EV in 1/3 EV steps

      ISO range

      ISO 80-12800 in 1/3 EV steps

      ISO 80-3200 in 1/3 EV steps

      Shooting modes

      C1, C2, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Movie Digest, SCN, Creative Filters, Movie

      Smart AUTO, P, Tv, Av, M, C1, C2, Low Light, Quick Shot, SCN, Movie

      Scene presets

      Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld NightScene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist

      Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Sports, Smart Shutter, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist

       

      Creative effects

      High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Colour Accent, Colour Swap

      High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Standard, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Colour Accent, Colour Swap

      Continuous shooting

      Normal: Approx. 2.1 shots/sec. (in P mode)

      Approx. 10 shots/sec. (in High-Speed Burst HQ)

      Normal: Approx. 2.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode),

      Approx. 4.2 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)

      Buffer capacity

      10 frames (High-Speed mode)

      'unlimited'

      Movie resolutions

      1920 x 1080 at 24 fps, 1280 x 720 at 30 fps, 640 x 480 at 30 fps, iFrame 1280 x 720 at 30 fps

      1280 x 720 at 24 fps, 640 x 480 at 30 fps, 320 x 240 at 30 fps

      Battery

      NB-10L

      NB-7L

      Battery capacity (CIPA)

      350 shots/charge

      370 shots/charge

      Dimensions

      106.6 x 75.9 x 40.1mm

      112.1 x 76.2 x 48.3mm

      Weight (body only)

      310 grams

      351 grams

      Until recently, G-series cameras were the first choice of many serious photographers as 'take everywhere' cameras and the latest model will appeal to anyone who uses manual controls but wants a cheaper option to mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses.

      Build and Ergonomics
      The classic rangefinder styling is retained in the G15 – with a few modifications on the top and rear panels. Build quality is similar to previous models and, thanks to its tough but light aluminium body, the camera feels solid and comfortable to hold and operate. It's impossible to fault this camera in either respect.

      The layout of the front panel is essentially unchanged, although the AF-assist/self-timer lamp has been moved up next to the viewfinder eyepiece. This panel is still dominated by the 6.1-30.5mm zoom lens.

      However, the lens in the G15 is new camera is 1.3 f-stops faster than the G12's lens, enabling users to shoot in dim lighting with lower ISO settings or faster shutter speeds. Canon's press release states this lens consists of 11 elements in 9 groups, with one single-sided aspherical lens,  one UD lens and two double-sided aspherical elements. Highly-refractive glass and new coating materials have been used to ensure high performance.

      Front view of the PowerShot G15. (Source: Canon.)

      The main changes to the top panel have produced a similar layout to the G1X. The ISO control dial has been dispensed with, enabling the exposure compensation dial to be moved under the camera's mode dial. However, the dials are off-set in the G15 and slightly easier to use than the stacked dials on the G1X. Interestingly, the G15's EV compensation dial supports +/- 3EV of adjustment (like the G1X), whereas the G12 only offered +/- 2EV.
       

      Top view of the PowerShot G15. (Source: Canon.)

      Shifting the exposure compensation dial allowed Canon to equip the G15 with a pop-up flash, similar to the G1X's. A slider switch behind the flash raises it when needed. The speaker grilles on the new camera are slightly smaller than those on the G12 and closer to the sides of the flash hot-shoe. Otherwise the controls are unchanged.

      On the rear panel, the main change has been the replacement of the vari-angle monitor with a larger, higher-resolution monitor which has enabled Canon to reduce the overall body size and weight of the new camera marginally. However, it's still not small enough to be classed as truly pocketable (unless the pocket is rather large).

      Rear view of the PowerShot G15. (Source: Canon.)

      The AE-Lock button beside the thumb rest on the G12 is replaced by a dedicated Movie start/stop button (which only operates when the mode dial is set to movie mode). The metering mode button is moved to below the arrow pad and replaced with an AE-Lock button.

      The arrow pad directional buttons have changed, with ISO replacing the MF button and the manual focus setting moved into the Macro/focus adjustments. The self-timer settings are now accessed via the Func/Set button in the centre of the arrow pad, leaving the lower button free for the Display modes. The remaining button controls flash modes, as in the G12.

      It would have been nice to get a better viewfinder in the new camera; but it's the same, tunnel-like optical finder that Canon has used for the last few iterations of the G series. It covers a field of view that's approximately 77% of the actual image recorded and zooms with the lens but provides no exposure data. Most people will only use it for outdoor shooting in bright light and when the camera battery is running low because it consumes no battery power.

      Connectors for the RS-60E3 remote control, USB/AV out and HDMI are located beneath a lift-up cover just below the strap loop on the right side. As in previous models, the battery and memory card share a compartment in the base of the camera, with the metal-lined tripod socket close by (and not in line with the lens axis). There's been a slight reduction in battery capacity with the new battery, which is smaller than the G12's.

      Like other G-series models, the G15 can be operated with one hand, thanks to well placed controls. The split-level dials on the top panel combine with the front dial and shortcut buttons to provide quick access to key settings with a fingertip or thumb, while the dedicated movie button is well placed for single-handed movie start/stop in movie mode.

      As before, the G15 isn't totally perfect. The power switch is too easily triggered when moving the camera in and out of a pocket or camera bag. The built-in lens cover is flimsier than we'd like and could be easily damaged by rough handling.

      Long exposures are limited to 15 seconds through lack of a bulb setting. Finally, the accessory ring surrounding the lens is different from earlier G-series cameras so the conversions lenses, filters and macro ring light sold for the G10, G11 and G12 aren't compatible with the G15.

      Improved Functions
      Aside from the advantages conferred by the faster lens, the G15 also offers faster autofocusing. Subjectively, the G15 appears to lock on faster than either the G1X or the new EOS M and Canon claims it provides a 53% improvement over the system in the PowerShot G12.

      Continuous shooting speed has also improved, although only in the High Speed burst HQ mode, which is one of the scene pre-sets and restricts the adjustability of the camera. This setting can record up to 10 high-resolution shots at a rate of frames/second (fps). In contrast the more adjustable continuous shooting modes (which are accessed via the Func/Set button) offer a maximum of 2.1 fps, slowing to 0.9 fps when continuous shooting with AF is selected

      Movie recording has been improved with the addition of a Full HD setting, which records 1920 x 1080 pixel clips at 24 fps in addition to the HD (1280 x 720 pixel) and VGA options provided by the G12. Zooming and re-focusing are supported while movie clips are being recorded and a wind filter can be switched in when recording outdoors.

      The G15 supports similar levels of customisation to its predecessor, with two Custom settings on the mode dial for accessing shooting settings saved when using the P, Av, Tv and M shooting modes. In addition, up to five frequently-used menu configurations can be saved to the My Menu settings.
       Users can also customise the displays via the Custom Display tab in the shooting menu and assign different function to the front and rear control dials. A Shortcut button just below the flash pop-up slider on the rear panel can be set to access one of 15 settings, which include white balance, drive mode, self-timer, ND filter, RAW+JPEG and panorama capture.

      Finally, the G15 joins Canon's more sophisticated cameras in providing users with the ability to embed copyright data in images and video clips. It's one of the entries in the Set-up menu and alphanumeric characters are provided on the data entry screen.

      Other features ported across from Canon's recent PowerShots include Face ID, i-Contrast both dynamic range and shadow corrections, a built-in neutral density (ND) filter that reduces light intensity by three f-stops, image magnification for manual focusing and multi-shot modes for HDR and hand-held shooting at night. Movie Digest (auto clip recording) is also available.

      Digital zoom settings are unchanged, with 1.5x and 2x magnification available and the G15 offers the same My Colours and face detection settings as its predecessor. Image stabilisation can be applied continuously, only when the shutter is half-pressed or switched off entirely.

      Sensor and Image Processing
      The PowerShot G15 features a new Canon 1/1.7-type (7.6 x 5.7 mm) high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with 13.3 million photosites and an effective resolution of 12.1 megapixels. This chip is coupled to a DIGIC 5 image processing engine

      The top shutter speed of 1/4000 second is unchanged since the G10 but the ISO range has been expanded upwards and now spans from 80 to 12800. Unlike some digicams, the G15 supports the full sensitivity range for both JPEG and CR2.RAW files, although exposures longer than one second are restricted to ISO 80.

      Three levels of high-ISO noise reduction are available: standard, low and high. But there's no off position. Like its predecessors, the G15 supports JPEG and raw file capture, along with simultaneous RAW+JPEG recording.

      Two levels of JPEG compression are also provided but compression ratios are lower than in the PowerShot S110, which has the same sensor as the G15. Typical file sizes are slightly larger for raw files but  almost double the size for JPEGs, as shown in the table below.

      Aspect Ratio

      Image size

      Pixels

      Compression

      SuperFine

      Fine

      4:3

      RAW

      4000 x 3000

      18.52MB

      RAW+JPEG

      4000 x 3000

      25.00MB

      L (Large)

      4000 x 3000

      5.92MB

      3.70MB

      M1 (Medium 1)

      2816 x 2112

      3.32MB

      2.17MB

      M2 (Medium 2)

      1600 x 1200

      1.05MB

      0.60MB

      S (Small)

      640 x 480

      0.28MB

      0.18MB

      3:2

      L (Large)

      4000 x 2664

      5.35MB

      3.39MB

      M1 (Medium 1)

      2816 x 1880

      3.05MB

      2.04MB

      M2 (Medium 2)

      1600 x 1064

      0.96MB

      0.53MB

      S (Small)

      640 x 424

      0.25MB

      0.17MB

      16:9

      L (Large)

      4000 x 2248

      4.69MB

      3.05MB

      M1 (Medium 1)

      2816 x 1584

      2.75MB

      1.90MB

      M2 (Medium 2)

      1920 x 1080

      1.16MB

      0.65MB

      S (Small)

      640 x 360

      0.22MB

      0.15MB

      1:1

      L (Large)

      2992 x 2992

      4.42MB

      2.77MB

      M1 (Medium 1)

      2112 x 2112

      2.47MB

      1.62MB

      M2 (Medium 2)

      1200 x 1200

      0.81MB

      0.46MB

      S (Small)

      480 x 480

      0.22MB

      0.15MB

      4:5

      L (Large)

      2400 x 3000

      3.55MB

      2.22MB

      M1 (Medium 1)

      1696 x 2112

      1.99MB

      1.31MB

      M2 (Medium 2)

      960 x 1200

      0.65MB

      0.36MB

      S (Small)

      384 x 480

      0.18MB

      0.12MB

      Movie settings are accessed by selecting the movie mode on the mode dial. Standard recording modes have been simplified and there are now only three settings: Full HD, HD and VGA. iFrame movies can also be recorded at HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels).

      The QVGA setting has been dropped in favour of a Super Slow Motion Movies mode, which accessed via the FUNC/SET button when the camera is in movie mode. Two options are provided:120 fps with VGA resolution and 240 fps at 320 x 240 pixels. Playback time for a 30-second clip shot with these settings is approximately two minutes for the former or four minutes for the latter.

      The table below shows typical recording times for the standard movie settings.

      Recording pixels

      Frame rate

      8GB card capacity

      Max. clip length/playback time

      1920 x 1080

      24 fps

      29 minutes 39 seconds

      29 minutes 59 seconds

      1280 x 720

      30 fps

      42 minutes 11 seconds

      640 x 480

      1 hr 28 mins 59 sec

      The now ubiquitous Movie Digest function is available via a setting on the mode dial. In this mode the camera will automatically record a short movie clip of the scene when the shutter button is half-pressed.

      At the end of the day, these clips are combined in the camera to produce a short movie of the day's events. It's saved as an iFrame movie and can be viewed by date. Individual clips (chapters) can be edited.

      Playback and Software
       Image playback is essentially unchanged since the G12 and G1X and includes the ability to view Movie Digest clips and 'unpack' grouped images shot in High Speed burst HQ mode for viewing individually on the camera's monitor. You can also edit Face ID data if you notice a name is incorrect during playback; but you can't tag faces that haven't been detected.

      Up to 10x playback zoom is supported, along with auto playback of similar images using the Smart Shuffle option. The usual index, category and slideshow playback modes are supported along with standard editing functions like i-Contrast brightness adjustment and red-eye correction.

      The software disk contains the standard ImageBrowser, CameraWindow, PhotoStitch and Digital Photo Propfessional applications for Windows and Mac, along with multi-lingual versions of the user manual in PDF format.

      Performance
      Shots taken with the review camera had the characteristic detail and colour rendition of previous G-series cameras. Colours were attractively rendered, with the  anticipated slight elevation in saturation for JPEGs and more constrained saturation in raw files. Digital zoom shots were slightly sharper and less artefact-affected than similar shots from the G12.

      Exposures were nicely balanced and almost always accurate. Backlit subjects were handled competently and flare was seldom evident, even when a bright light source was within the image frame.

      However, blown-out highlights were common in shots taken under contrasty conditions when the DR Correction function was set to Off. Applying auto DR Correction reduced the instances of this problem without introducing visible shadow noise.

      The review camera was a better performer at high ISO settings than its predecessor – and we could see clear differences in test shots. Image quality in JPEGs remained relatively high up to ISO 3200 and became gradually softer, less contrasty and less vibrant as sensitivity was increased. Imatest confirmed subjective assessments and showed raw files retained relatively high resolution better than JPEGs, as shown in the graph below.

       
       As with previous G-series cameras, Imatest showed resolution came close to expectations for the sensor's resolution for JPEG shots  and was slightly above expectations for CR2.RAW files processed with the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw. The highest resolution was produced in the middle-range focal lengths and at aperture settings a stop or two smaller than the maximum aperture. The graph below shows the result of our tests on JPEG files at different aperture settings.

       
       Lateral chromatic aberration remained almost entirely in the 'low' band at all aperture and focal length settings we tested. In the graph below, which is based on JPEG files, the red line indicates the border between 'negligible' and 'low' CA.

       
       No evidence of coloured fringing was seen in shots taken in contrasty outdoor conditions, even when they were enlarged to 100%. We saw very little evidence of rectilinear distortion at either end of the lens's focal length range, probably because in-camera correction is applied automatically as you shoot. Similarly, there were no signs of vignetting or corner blurring in test shots.

      Close-ups work best with subjects more than about three centimetres in diameter, which come close to filling the field of view of the sensor at the 6.1mm focal length. Although the lens will focus down to 1 cm, it's difficult to prevent it from shading the subject and you must use the monitor for framing shots to avoid parallax error.

      The auto white balance setting produced close-to-neutral colours under fluorescent lighting but, as expected, failed to eliminate the orange cast that characterises incandescent illumination. Fortunately, the tungsten and fluorescent pre-sets corrected both colour casts without overdoing the adjustment. Manual measurement produced neutral colours under both types of lighting.

      Video quality has improved markedly since the G12, largely through the addition of Full HD 1080p recording capability. It's not as good as video from an HD camcorder and the options for recording are quite restricted.  However, colours were bright and vibrant and clips retained relatively high contrast but showed a slight tendency to compress and clip highlights.

      Recording options are fairly limited. The Full HD setting only records at 24 fps, which is all some users require. The 720p HD and VGA video had the same 30 fps frame rates as the G12's clips. Clip quality at all three resolutions was excellent, with sharp details and accurate colours.

      The stereo soundtracks were reasonably clear and the in-camera filter effectively muffled low-to-moderate wind noise, but couldn't suppress noise in blustery conditions. The high-speed recording modes for producing slow-motion movies are hampered by very low resolution. They're usable for basic motion analysis and posting online but can't be seen as serious movie options.

      Our timing tests were carried out with a 32GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC U1 memory card, which claims data transfer speeds of 45MB/second. The review camera powered up in 1.3 seconds. Shot-to-shot times averaged 2.2 seconds for JPEGs without flash and 3.2 seconds with. For CR2.RAW shots, this extended to 2.9 seconds on average without flash, while RAW+JPEG pairs could be recorded at 3.1 second intervals.

      We measured an average capture lag of 0.25 seconds, which reduced to less than 0.1 second with pre-focusing. It took 1.3 seconds to process each high-resolution JPEG image, 2.1 seconds for a raw file and 2.6 seconds for each RAW+JPEG pair.
       Continuous shooting was not particularly fast, probably because some processing takes place as bursts are recorded. We captured a burst of 10 Large/Fine JPEGs in 4.5 seconds, which is the same as the G12's standard burst speed. Processing appeared to be on-the-fly and was completed within 2.2 seconds of the last frame in the burst.

      On swapping to shooting raw files, the camera slowed down to 1.1 frames/second and it took 6.3 seconds to complete processing of ten shots, indicating processing is on-the-fly.

      With RAW+JPEG pairs, the frame rate slowed a little more and we recorded 10 pairs of shots in 1.2 seconds. On-the-fly processing was completed within 2.4 seconds of the last shot being taken.

      The High Speed burst HQ mode performed to specifications, recording 10 frames in one second. It took 6.1 seconds to process this burst.

      Buy this camera if:

       - You want a customisable camera with manual controls.
       - You'd like plenty of scene pre-sets and Creative Filters.
       - You’re interested in shooting raw files.
       - You want effective image stabilisation.
       - You require high resolution and low noise levels at high ISO settings.
       - You’d like the ability to shoot 1080p HD video clips and low-resolution slow-motion movies.

      Don’t buy this camera if:
       - You require an adjustable LCD monitor.
       - You want to take long exposures with high ISO settings.

       SPECS

       Image sensor: 7.6 x 5.7 mm high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with 13.3 million photosites (12.1 megapixels effective)
       Image processor: DIGIC 5
       Lens:  6.1-30.5mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens (28-140mm in 35 mm format)
       Zoom ratio:5 x optical, 10x with ZoomPlus, up to 4x digital
       Image formats: Stills - JPEG  (DCF / Exif 2.3) CR2.RAW (12-bit); Movies - MOV (H.264/Linear PCM  stereo audio); iFrame
       Image Sizes: Stills - 4:3 aspect: 4000 x 3000, 2816 x 2112, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480; 3:2 Aspect: 4000 x 2664, 2816 x 1880, 1600 x 1064, 640 x 424; 16:9 Aspect:4000 x 2448, 2816 x 1584, 1920 x 1080,640 x 360; 1:1 Aspect: 2992 x 2992, 2112 x 2112, 1200 x 1200,480 x 480; 4:5 Aspect: 2400 x 3000, 1696 x 2112, 960 x 1200, 384 x 480; Movies - 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps, 1280 x 720 at 30 fps, 640 x 480 at 30 fps, iFrame 1280 x 720 at 30 fps
       Shutter speed range: 15 to 1/4000 sec. seconds  in TV and M modes; min. 1 second in other modes
       Self-timer: 2 or 10 seconds delay or custom, Smile Shutter, Wink Self-Timer, Face Self-Timer
       Image Stabilisation: Optical (lens shift type), approx. 4 EV compensation
       Exposure Compensation: +/- 3 EV in 1/3 EV steps
       Focus system/range: TTL contrast-based AF with AiAF (9-point or Face Detection with Face Select and Track), 1-point AF (any position is available or fixed centre); Autofocus, Continuous, Servo AF, Manual Focus  modes; range: 1 cm to infinity (w); 40 cm to infinity (t); macro to 1 cm
      Exposure metering/control: Evaluative, Centre-weighted average, Spot metering /AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Dynamic Range Correction, Shadow Correction 
      Shooting modes: Smart Auto (58 scenes detected), P, Tv, Av, M, C1, C2 (Custom), SCN ( Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-speed Burst HQ, Handheld NightScene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist); Creative Filter (High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Colour Accent, Colour Swap); Movie: Standard, iFrame, Super Slow Motion 
      ISO range: Auto, ISO 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200,4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
      White balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2 
      Flash modes/range (ISO auto): Auto, on, off, Slow Synchro, Red Eye Correction, Red Eye Reduction, Second Curtain Synchro, FE Lock, Safety FE, Manual Flash Output; range 50 cm to 7.0 metres
      Sequence shooting: Approx 2.1 shots/sec (P mode) / Approx 10 shots/sec (High-speed Burst HQ mode); max. 10 shots 
      Storage Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards
      Viewfinder: Real image zoom viewfinder
      LCD monitor: 3-inch TFT LCD with approx. 922,000 dots, 4:3 aspect ratio, wide viewing angle, 5 brightness adjustment levels
      Power supply:  NB-10L rechargeable lithium ion battery; CIPA  rated for approx. 350 shots/charge
      Dimensions (wxhxd):106.6 x 75.9 x 40.1 mm
      Weight: Approx. 310 grams (without battery and memory card)

      RRP: AU$699;  US$500
       Distributor: Canon Australia; 1800 021 167; www.canon.com.au.

      TESTS

       Based on JPEG files.

       
       Based on CR2.RAW files processed with Adobe Camera Raw.

       
       

      SAMPLES

       
       

       Auto white balance with incandescent lighting.

      Auto white balance with fluorescent lighting.

      6.1mm focal length, ISO 80, 1/1000 second at f/3.5.

      30.5mm focal length, ISO 80, 1/640 second at f/3.5.

       

      Digital zoom; 30.5mm focal length, ISO 80, 1/1250 second at f/3.2.
       
       

      Close-up: 6.1mm focal length, ISO 80, 1/2000 second at f/3.2.

      15-second exposure at ISO 80; 7.2mm focal length at f/2.

      1-second exposure at ISO 3200; 7.2mm focal length at f/2.

       

      1-second exposure at ISO 6400; 7.2mm focal length at f/3.2.

      1-second exposure at ISO 12800; 7.2mm focal length at f/4.5.

      Flash exposure at ISO 100; 30.5mm focal length, 1/60 second at f/2.8.

      Flash exposure at ISO 3200; 30.5mm focal length, 1/60 second at f/4.

      Flash exposure at ISO 6400; 30.5mm focal length, 1/60 second at f/5.

      Flash exposure at ISO 12800; 30.5mm focal length, 1/60 second at f/6.3.

      6.1mm focal length, ISO 80, 1/640 second at f/6.3.
       
       

      Crop from the edge of the above image at 100% enlargement, showing no coloured fringing.

      Backlit subject with bright light source inside the frame; 6.1mm focal length, ISO 100, 1/640 second at f/6.3.

       

      Wide brightness range subject: 30.1mm, ISO 100, 1/125 second at f/4.5.

       
      16:9 aspect ratio; 6.1mm focal length, ISO 200, 1/320 second at f/5.6.

      1:1 aspect ratio; 15mm focal length, ISO 400, 1/200 second at f/4.

      14.2mm focal length, ISO 200, 1/250 second at f/2.5.

      30.5mm focal length with 2x digital zoom, ISO 100, 1/125 second at f/2.8.
       
       

      6.1mm focal length, ISO 200, 1/250 second at f/4.
       
       

      11mm focal length, ISO 100, 1/60 second at f/6.3.

      30.5mm focal length, ISO 100, 1/320 second at f/4.

      Still frame from Full HD (1080p) video clip.

       Still frame from HD (720p).

      Rating

      RRP: AU$699;  US$500

      • Build: 9.0
      • Ease of use: 8.8
      • Autofocusing: 8.5
      • Image quality JPEG: 8.5
      • Image quality RAW: 9.0
      • Video quality: 8.5

      Still frame from VGA video clip.

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