• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon G15 advantages over Pentax MX-1

  • Less expensive
    $390 vs $450
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More lens zoom
    5.0x vs 4.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer battery life
    More info 770 vs 290 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.2 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Pentax MX-1 advantages over Canon G15

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    208 vs 165 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Less shutter lag
    0.24 vs 0.46 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Both provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

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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 a compact camera in its class; Sharp, bright f/1.8-2.5 lens with 4x optical zoom; Cool retro-styled design with brass top and bottom plates; Tilting LCD; Exposure compensation dial; Speedy and accurate autofocus; Full HD video recording.

  • Image detail starts dropping off noticeably above ISO 800, and noise becomes problematic at ISO 3200 and beyond; Sluggish cycle times and burst performance; Issues with purple fringing in some shooting scenarios; Heavier and larger than other cameras in its class.

The Competition

Compared to Olympus XZ-1

Canon G15
Olympus XZ-1
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Longer exposure
Pentax MX-1
Olympus XZ-1
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $500
  • 1/1.63 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Fujifilm X10

Canon G15
Fujifilm X10
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Longer battery life
  • $334
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Pentax MX-1
Fujifilm X10
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $334
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Canon G15
Olympus XZ-2
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $256
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Pentax MX-1
Olympus XZ-2
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $256
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon G16

Canon G15
Canon G16
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $394
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Pentax MX-1
Canon G16
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $394
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Canon N100

Canon G15
Canon N100
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $347
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
Pentax MX-1
Canon N100
  • $450
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $347
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More lens zoom
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