• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16,000

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Differences

Canon G15 advantages over Sony NEX-3N

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 770 vs 480 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • 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)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Canon G15

  • Less expensive
    $500 vs $699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.78 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Better color depth
    22.8 vs 19.9 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,067 vs 165 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Less shutter lag
    0.27 vs 0.46 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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.

  • Excellent image quality for an entry-level mirrorless; User interface ideal for consumers stepping up from point-and-shoots; Speedy and accurate autofocusing; Zoom lever on body; Tremendous value.

  • Lack of hot shoe or accessory port limits more advanced shooting; No electronic viewfinder; Performance lags behind previous model, especially on burst shooting speed.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax MX-1

Canon G15
Pentax MX-1
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony NEX-3N
Pentax MX-1
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Integrated ND filter

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Canon G15
Samsung NX1100
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Sony NEX-3N
Samsung NX1100
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen

Compared to Canon G16

Canon G15
Canon G16
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony NEX-3N
Canon G16
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Canon G15
Sony NEX-5T
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Canon N100

Canon G15
Canon N100
  • $699
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • RAW file ability
  • $349
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony NEX-3N
Canon N100
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $349
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
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