• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 5.0x zoom 28mm - 140mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)

Advantages

Canon G15 over Olympus XZ-2

  • Lens zoom ratio
    5.0x vs 4.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Olympus XZ-2 over Canon G15

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • Less shutter lag
    0.115 vs 0.457 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer shutter
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster RAW shooting
    0.8 fps vs 0.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open by holding the shutter button down
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    0.8 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

Review Excerpt

  • Solid built and ergonomic, comfortable feel; Excellent f/1.8-2.8 5x optical zoom lens; Improved AF speed; Advanced photographic features, including PASM dial and RAW capture.

  • LCD screen no longer articulated; Optical viewfinder not very accurate and exhibits parallax; No WiFi or GPS.

  • Good image quality for its class; Fast, bright f/1.8-2.5 i.ZUIKO 4x zoom lens; Dual-purpose front Control Ring lets you select aperture or focus manually; three-inch articulating LCD touch-screen monitor.

  • Pricier than many enthusiast compacts; Image detail starts dropping off at ISO 800 and noise becomes problematic at ISO 3200; Lens cover pops off as zoom lens extends, when you turn the camera on.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X10

Canon G15
Fujifilm X10
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $595
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer shutter
Olympus XZ-2
Fujifilm X10
  • $436
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $595
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon P7700

Canon G15
Nikon P7700
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • 24p
  • $497
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
Olympus XZ-2
Nikon P7700
  • $436
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag
  • $497
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • 60p

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Canon G15
Pentax MX-1
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $420
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
Olympus XZ-2
Pentax MX-1
  • $436
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag
  • $420
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • 60p
  • Slow-motion videos

Compared to Canon G16

Canon G15
Canon G16
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • 24p
  • $532
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Wi-Fi
Olympus XZ-2
Canon G16
  • $436
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $532
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Canon N100

Canon G15
Canon N100
  • $437
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots RAW
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $352
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Olympus XZ-2
Canon N100
  • $436
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots RAW
  • Manual focus
  • $352
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
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