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Canon 1D C vs Canon G15

Portability
50
Imaging
65
Features
79
Overall
70
Canon EOS-1D C front
 
Canon PowerShot G15 front
Portability
86
Imaging
37
Features
58
Overall
45

Canon 1D C vs Canon G15 Key Specs

Canon 1D C
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1500g - 158 x 164 x 83mm
  • Released April 2012
Canon G15
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 352g - 107 x 76 x 40mm
  • Released September 2012
  • Succeeded the Canon G12
  • Refreshed by Canon G16
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Canon 1D C vs Canon G15 Overview

Let's examine more closely at the Canon 1D C versus Canon G15, former being a Pro DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both manufactured by Canon. There exists a considerable gap between the resolutions of the 1D C (18MP) and G15 (12MP) and the 1D C (Full frame) and G15 (1/1.7") use different sensor size.

Photography Glossary

The 1D C was brought out 5 months earlier than the G15 so they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Canon 1D C being a Large SLR camera and the Canon G15 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the 1D C scores vs the G15 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon 1D C over the Canon G15

 1D C G15 
Screen sizing3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution1040k922kCrisper screen (+118k dot)

Reasons to pick Canon G15 over the Canon 1D C

 G15 1D C 

Common features in the Canon 1D C and Canon G15

 1D C G15 
ReleasedApril 2012September 2012Similar age
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Canon 1D C vs Canon G15 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Canon 1D C enjoys external measurements of 158mm x 164mm x 83mm (6.2" x 6.5" x 3.3") with a weight of 1500 grams (3.31 lbs) and the Canon G15 has dimensions of 107mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.2" x 3.0" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 352 grams (0.78 lbs).

Look at the Canon 1D C versus Canon G15 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you select at the time. Following is the front view size comparison of the 1D C versus the G15.

Canon 1D C vs Canon G15 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 1D C and G15 is 50 and 86 respectively.

Canon 1D C vs Canon G15 top view buttons comparison

Canon 1D C vs Canon G15 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's hard to imagine the gap between sensor measurements just by reading a spec sheet. The photograph here may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the 1D C and G15.

As you can see, the 2 cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The 1D C due to its bigger sensor is going to make shooting bokeh easier and the Canon 1D C will offer you extra detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop shots far more aggressively.

Canon 1D C vs Canon G15 sensor size comparison

Canon 1D C vs Canon G15 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 1D C vs Canon G15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 1D C Portrait photography details
Canon G15 Portrait photography details
79
focusing manually
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with face detect focus
delivers RAW files
48
has manual focus
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
offers face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon 1D C
Street photography with Canon G15
59
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
good ISO range (51,200)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
59
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/1.7")
heavier than competition (352g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon 1D C Sports photography advice
Canon G15 Sports photography advice
75
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
good megapixels (18MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
environment sealing
has phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
39
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
better than average battery (350 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon 1D C Travel photography details
Canon G15 Travel photography details
59
environment sealing
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly display
61
better than average battery (350 shots)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (352 grams)
low resolution (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 1D C Landscape photography info
Canon G15 Landscape photography info
76
focusing manually
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inch)
good megapixels (18MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
good ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
has dual storage slots
does not have image stabilization
55
has manual focus
fairly wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (350 shots)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/1.7")
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 1D C Vlogging advice
Canon G15 Vlogging advice
28
comes with face detect focus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pxls)
has microphone jack
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
33
fairly wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
heavier than competition (352g)
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Canon 1D C vs Canon G15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 1D C and Canon G15
 Canon EOS-1D CCanon PowerShot G15
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D C Canon PowerShot G15
Class Pro DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Released 2012-04-12 2012-09-17
Physical type Large SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Dual Digic 5+ Digic 5
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 18MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 51200 12800
Maximum boosted ISO 204800 -
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 61 9
Cross focus points 41 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus range - 1cm
Amount of lenses 250 -
Crop factor 1 4.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.2" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology Clear View II TFT LCD TFT PureColor II G LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 15 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 14.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 7.00 m
Flash options E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/250 secs 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 4096 x 2160 (24 fps), 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps) 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 4096x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1500 gr (3.31 lb) 352 gr (0.78 lb)
Dimensions 158 x 164 x 83mm (6.2" x 6.5" x 3.3") 107 x 76 x 40mm (4.2" x 3.0" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 46
DXO Color Depth score not tested 19.9
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.5
DXO Low light score not tested 165
Other
Battery life - 350 images
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E4N NB-10L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA compatible SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Two Single
Retail price $6,499 $499