We first tested the G15 in low light—we took it out for a spin at night and took shots with flash disabled and ISO set between 400 and 1600. We thought it would be challenging for the camera to handle noise and deliver well-exposed shots. But the results amazed us. Most digital cameras struggle to keep the noise low at ISO speeds above 400.
In the case of G15, we say it’s safe to use ISO speeds up to 1600 without worrying about excessive noise ruining the shots. Thanks to the bright, large-aperture lens and the optical image stabiliser, the camera shoots seamlessly in low light without flash. We managed to capture crisp hand-held shots at shutter speeds as low as 1/15 sec, which is very commendable. Like most digital cameras, the G15 does best when it comes to macro and close-ups. The details in distant objects also appeared very clear. After having tested the camera thoroughly, we were hooked on to the Creative Filters. The effects look very cool and it doesn’t require any post-processing. The ones that yield great-looking shots are Nostalgic, Toy camera and Monochrome.
Shot hand-held at ISO 800 and without flash
Excellent close-ups with pleasing background blur
Good reproduction of colours and details even in low light
Good details in distant objects
The wonder of large aperture!
Hand-held night shot at ISO 1600—large aperture yields well-exposed shots
Verdict and price in India
At an MRP of Rs 34,995, the PowerShot G15 may come across as being highly over-priced to you, but we don’t feel so. You get performance close to that of an entry-level DSLR in a pocketable form. In fact, the optics of the G15 is far better than the bundled 18-55 mm lens you get with entry-level DSLRs. Plus, you get macro shooting capability, which calls for a macro lens in the case of DSLRs. We say, if you’re considering a DSLR and won’t invest in additional lenses, the G15 is a more practical solution.
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