The Canon PowerShot G15 has been unveiled, the successor to 2010's PowerShot G12 advanced compact. It was announced at the Photokina camera show.
Like its predecessors, the Canon PowerShot G15 is a rugged little aluminium-bodied advanced compact, sure to become one of the most popular top-end compacts around. It offers a 5x optical zoom, 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, and the Canon DIGIC 5 image processor. Canon says it's 17% smaller than its direct predecessor the PowerShot G12.
Other features include a 3in, 920k dot display, a dedicated movie button and an f/1.8-2.8 lens. As a camera that's as useful to semi-pros as amateurs, the PowerShot G15 has full manual control options and RAW support. Its ISO settings max out at 12,800, it can handle 1080p video recording and offers inbuilt image stabilisation.
In many respects, it simply takes the baton on from the popular PowerShot G15, but up-rates the core specs to bring the series into 2012.
The PowerShot range got a new camera made in the series mould earlier this year in the form of the PowerShot G1X, but that was a larger-form device that used a larger sensor. It's likely that Canon has skipped the PowerShot G13 and G14 because both numbers are considered unlucky in areas across the world. Even in this high-tech world, superstition still holds some power.
The Canon PowerShot G15 will be available in October and will cost £549.