Canon Powershot G6

Canon Powershot G6

 

The Canon PowerShot G6 is now here. Even though the design has changed compared to the predecessor models G5 and G3 and the camera has become smaller – despite the simultaneous growth of the LC colour screen – it is essentially a “copy” of these models, upgraded to 7.1 megapixels, with hardly any changes in functions and features. For example, the PowerShot G6 continues to zoom over the 35-140 mm (35 mm equivalent) range at a speed of F2.0-3.0 and, like all G Series models, is equipped with a rotatable and tiltable colour LCD screen. This measures about 2″ (5.1 cm) diagonally on the G6 and serves as an alternative viewfinder as well as for subsequent image display and menu settings. All G-Series PowerShot models also share the ability to expand with optical accessories such as wide-angle and tele-converter lenses (using a lens adapter) or flash-side TTL hot shoe. The flash metering and control is supported by the proven E-TTL technology, which also works wirelessly with multiple flash units. Other Canon-typical developments can be found in the G6 in the form of a DIGIC signal processor, iSAPS subject analysis and autofocus, which can be switched from AiAF control (9 measuring fields) to Flexizone control (AF measuring field freely placeable). The PowerShot G6 still stores images in either JPEG or RAW format (or both simultaneously if desired) on removable CompactFlash type I and II memory cards (including miniature hard drives). What’s new about the G6 is that it can now also record video sequences in VGA resolution (but only at 10 fps and in limited length) and that it can achieve a slightly slower frame rate of 1.2 frames per second in standard continuous shooting mode due to the larger data volumes. Other features of the G6, like its predecessors, include numerous scene programs, user memory, a switchable neutral density filter, direct printing without a PC, PTP support and much more.

Canon PowerShot G6 data sheet

Electronics

Sensor CCD sensor 1/1.8″ 7.2 x 5.3 mm (crop factor 4.8
)7.4 megapixels (physical), 7.1 megapixels (effective)
Pixelpitch 2.3 µm
Photo resolution
3.072 x 1.728 pixels (16:9)
2.592 x 1.944 pixels (4:3)
2.048 x 1.536 pixels (4:3)
1.600 x 1.200 pixels (4:3)
640 x 480 pixels (4:3)
Image formats JPG, RAW
Color depth Not available
Metadata Exif (version 2.2), DCF standard
Video resolution
640 x 480 (4:3) 10 p
320 x 240 (4:3) 15 p
160 x 120 (4:3) 15 p
Maximum recording time 3 min
Video format
AVI (Codec Motion JPEG)

Lens

Focal length 35 to 140 mm (35mm equivalent
)4x zoomDigital zoom
4.1x
Macro area 5-50 cm (wide angle
)15-50 cm (telephoto)
Aperture F2 (wide angle
)F3 (telephoto)
Autofocus yes
Autofocus functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Area AF, Manual
Filter thread 58 mm

Viewfinder and monitor

Viewfinder Optical viewfinder
Monitor Monitor available
Video finder Dioptre compensation (-3.0 to 1.0 dpt)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/2,000 to 15 s (automatic)
Exposure control Programmed automatic, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Photosensitivity ISO 50 to ISO 100 (automatic
)ISO 50 to ISO 400 (manual)
Remote access available
Scene modes Custom, Landscape, Night Scene, and Portrait
White balance Automatic, clouds, sun, flash light, fluorescent lamp, incandescent light
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 1.2 fps at the highest resolution and max. 23 stored photos, or max. 14 images at a frame rate of 2 fps with image playback turned off
Self-timer Self-timer with 2 s interval, special features: or 10 s (optional)
Recording functions Live histogram

Flashgun

Flash built-in flash shoe
: Canon, standard center contact
Flash range 0.7 to 5.0 m at wide angle0
.7 to 4.0 m at telephoto
Flash functions Auto, fill-flash, flash on, flash off, slow sync, flash on second shutter curtain, red-eye reduction

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
CF (Type I, Type II)
Microdrive
Power supply unit Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Canon BP-511A (Lithium ion (Li-Ion), 7.4 V, 1,390 mAh)
Playback functions Red eye retouching, playback histogram, image index
Image parameters Color saturation, noise reduction
Connections Data interfaces: USB video output
: yes (HDMI output Micro (Type D))
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod thread 1/4″
Special features and miscellaneous DIGIC signal processoriSAPS Intelligent
Scene Analysis Technology9-point AiAF AFAF/AE AF/AE metering over 345 individually selectable metering pointsSingle-frame AF
or focus trackingSimultaneous
recording in RAW and JPEG formatsNoise reduction
for long exposures of over 1,3-second
ND8 filter swing-inJog dialPlayback zoom12

menu languages selectableSharpness seriesMy-Camera mode

for personalizable welcome screens and camera tonesShape/color saturation
adjustablePTP image transfer protocol

Size and weight

Weight 380 g (without battery and memory card)
Dimensions W x H x D 105 x 73 x 73 mm

Miscellaneous

standard accessory Canon BP-511A special batteryCanon
WL-DC100 (infrared remote control)
Power supply/charger32
MByte-CompactFlash-I removable memory cardUSB-connection cableAudio/Video cableStretch strapImage editing softwareArcSoft PhotoStudi for Windows and for MacintoshPanorama software
PhotoStitch 3.1for Windows and for MacintoshCamera software
ZoomBrowser EX 5.0 / Image Browser 5.0 for Windows and for MacintoshTwain
driverWIA device driver
for WindowsVideo editing software
ArcSoft Videoimpression for Windows and Macintosh
additional accessories Canon CA-PS400 Special Battery ChargerCanon
CR-560 AC AdapterReplacement Battery
(BP-511/BP-511A/512/512A)
CompactFlash removable storage media in all available capacitiesPC Card Adapter
(for notebook)
Bayonet Lens Adapter LA-DC58DWide-Angle Converter
WC-DC58NTele Converter
TC-DC58NN Close-up Lens
250DCanon
Speedlite EX System Flash Soft Case
USB
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I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.