Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
It's easy to capture clear, steady images with the PowerShot G15, even in low light without using a tripod. That's because the camera is equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS. The system analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes.
Normal Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Macro (Hybrid) Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Dynamic Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Powered Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
Tripod When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.
Gained Good Features; Lost a Few
I am a previous owner of G11. In comparison, the G15 has a pop-up flash and no swivel back. It has a new menu system that is better organized than the G11. You have horizon indicator. Sensor has 2 more megapixels. The aperture has 6 leaves. The lens at wide angle is f1.8 and f2.8 at telephoto. The latter was on my improvement wish list. The pop-up flash has delicate plastic linkages. I preferred the fixed flash on the G11/G12. Now it is on my wish list. So is swivel back. The exposure is accurate. B&W shots are excellent but you don't get raw recording with b&w. That's on my wish list too.
February 21, 2014
Great take-everywhere camera!
I purchased this camera a couple weeks before Christmas and have used it almost everyday since. Images are outstanding, particularly the low-light images I took at various candlelight services...stunning, and that's my wife's words, not just mine. Has an abundance of features including a fast lens, f1.8 at 28mm and only f2.8 even at 140mm! Love setting my G15 on a tripod and using the built-in ND filter for images of moving water. Still love and have my DSLR, but my G15 now goes everywhere with me.
January 7, 2014
Another winner from Canon
I am a serious amateur and I carry a camera with me at all times. I travel a lot, and when on business I find it impractical carrying my 5D Mark III. I recently spent twelve days in Japan part business and part pleasure, and I only had my Canon S120. I took a few days off and did dome sightseeing, and ended up shooting over a thousand photographs. The quality of the photos is stunning. You certainly get a big bang for the buck. Bravo, Canon.
November 30, 2013
I bought this camera to take on a trip to Niagara Falls, NY City, DC & Virginia because I did not want to take my DSLS. It is compact enough that I could carry in purse, pocket etc. I got wonderful pics of the falls, excellent night pics in NY, statue of Liberty, monuments in DC. I bought the adaptor so I could use a polarizer. You need to watch the back of the screen when turning the polarizer, it will not show any change when looking through the view finder. When using the view finder, you will see some of the adaptor but will not affect taking a pic. I wish it had the small manual like my DSLR has because I do like to take it along. I requested one but was the 8x11 size still helpful though. Pictures are very sharp & clear, battery life pretty good 200-250 pics which included looking at them on the screen, menu easy to use, love having the compensation dial on the top easy to make adjustments, don't miss the rotating screen on the back, never used it on my old powershot. Hardly use the view finder, good viewing screen on the back.
October 22, 2013