JPEG profile

Areas of focus look pretty good in JPEGs through ISO 200; then color noise and noise-reduction artifacts kick in. You can see how much detail you lose on the fur as well as the softness of the details on the tape measure. I wouldn't recommend going above ISO 1600.

Like the S110, the G15 inexplicably blew out exposure on the book page. Read editors' take
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ISO 80 JPEG

At ISO 80 the camera produces good detail without aggressive sharpening.

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ISO 100 JPEG

The camera produces natural-looking sharpness at ISO 100 as well.

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ISO 200 JPEG

At ISO 200 you still get decent detail, but it also starts to get a little soft.

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Out-of-focus areas, raw vs. JPEG

This detail comes from an out-of-focus area of the previous image. You can see how the sharpening in the JPEG produces some contouring and graininess in the out-of-focus areas, but the raw trade-off is softness in the sharper areas. Read editors' take
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ISO 800, raw vs. JPEG

At higher ISO sensitivities, you can really get some better results shooting raw to minimize color noise, improve edges, and decrease fringing.

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ISO 1600 JPEG

By ISO 1600, photos have that processy, special-effect look when viewed up close. However, they can still print pretty well as large as 13x19 if you use the raw files.

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Highlight recovery

There generally isn't a lot of detail available in blown-out highlights, but there's enough to fix sky and clouds.

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Color

Overall the G15's color rendering looks good; it's a little cool and contrasty, but not as bad as from the S110. Read editors' take
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Center sharpness

The lens tops out at f8, but remains relatively sharp throughout most of the aperture range. Read editors' take
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