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The Canon PowerShot G6, replacing the G5 released in June 2003, represents the first in a new generation of PowerShot G-series cameras, offering enhanced image quality, functionality, responsiveness and design based on suggestions received from users of previous models.
The PowerShot G6 features a large-aperture f/2.0-3.0 lens with up to 4x (equivalent to 35-140 mm in the 35 mm format) optical magnification and a newly developed 1/1.8″ 7.1-megapixel CCD sensor. Garnering high acclaim from users of the G5, the lens has been optimized to reap the full benefits of the higher-resolution image sensor, enabling the new camera to deliver the highest level of image quality in its class.
Shooting functions include the long-awaited inclusion of wide-area 9-point AiAF. Well received by users of Canon’s IXY DIGITAL series, the feature automatically selects one or more focusing points to accurately achieve auto-focus under a wide variety of shooting conditions.
The model also offers a Super Macro Function, enabling auto-focus macro shooting from a distance of 5 cm. Moreover, faster AF performance and a shorter start-up time enable high responsiveness.
Offering the first major body design revisions since the G3 model released in 2002, the PowerShot G6 delivers improved operability and styling. The camera’s Vari-Angle LCD monitor, which can be rotated through a horizontal arc of 180 degrees and a vertical arc of 270 degrees for easy framing, has been enlarged from 1.8″ to 2.0″ making it easier to see when framing or confirming shots. In addition, a complete reorganization of the body layout and the use of advanced mounting technologies have enabled savings in weight and size of 30g and more than 10%, respectively, compared with the G5.
|Camera Effective Pixels||Approx. 7.1 million|
|Image Sensor||1/1.8″ CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx 7.4 million)|
|Lens||7.2 (W) – 28.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 – 140 mm)
f/2.0 (W) – f/3.0 (T)
|Digital Zoom||Approx. 4.1x (Up to approx. 16x in combination with the optical zoom)|
|Optical Viewfinder||Real-image zoom viewfinder
Picture coverage approx. 80%
Dioptric adjustment -3 to +1 m-1 (dpt equivalent)
|LCD Monitor||2.0″, TFT color LCD, approx. 118,000 dots (Picture coverage 100%)|
|AF System||TTL autofocus (continuous or single)
AF lock and Manual focus are available
Focusing frame: 9-point (AiAF)/1-point (AF) (any position is available)
(from the front of the lens)
|Normal AF||50 cm (1.6 ft.) – infinity|
|Macro AF||5 – 50 cm (2.0 in. – 1.6 ft.) (W)
15 – 50 cm (5.9 in. – 1.6 ft.) (T)
|Super Macro AF||5 – 20 cm (2.0 in. – 7.9 in.)
(W – 86 mm (35mm film equivalent))
|Manual focus||5 cm – infinity (2.0 in. – infinity) (W)/
15 cm – infinity (5.9 in. – infinity) (T)
|Shutter||Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter|
|Shutter Speeds||15 – 1/2000 sec.
– The shutter speed range varies according to shooting mode.
– Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
|Light Metering System||Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center/AF-point-linked)|
|Exposure Control System||Program AE, Shutter-speed priority AE, Aperture-priority AE or Manual exposure control.
AE lock is available.
|Exposure Compensation||± 2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is available.
|Sensitivity||Auto, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent|
|White Balance||TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Flash) or custom (Custom1/Custom2)|
|Built-in Flash||Auto*, on*,off
* Red-eye reduction is available.
|Flash Range||70 cm – 5 m (2.3 – 16 ft.) (W),
70 cm – 4 m (2.3 – 13 ft.) (T)
(When sensitivity is set to ISO 100 equivalent.)
|Terminals for External Flash||Sync-terminals on accessory shoe
Use of the following external flashes is recommended:
Canon Speedlite 220EX, 420EX, 550EX, 580EX,
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX and Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX.
|Flash Exposure Compensation||±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments, FE lock, Slow synchro and 1st-curtain/2nd-curtain flash are available.|
|Creative zone||Program, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Custom1 and Custom2|
|Image zone||Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Stitch assist and Movie|
|Continuous Shooting||High-Speed continuous shooting: Approx. 2.0 images/sec.
Standard continuous shooting: Approx. 1.2 shots/sec.
(Large/Fine mode with LCD monitor off)
|Interval Shooting||Shooting interval: approx. 1 – 60 min. (1-min. increments)
Number of shots: 2 – 100 shots (Maximum number of shots varies according to CF card capacity.)
|Self-timer||Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay|
|Wireless Control||Shooting and playback are available (wireless controller is included in the camera kit).
When shooting, image is captured instantly/approx. 2-sec./approx. 10-sec. after shutter button is pressed.
|PC-controlled Shooting||Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program is included in the camera kit.)|
|Recording Media||CompactFlash™ (CF) card (Type I and Type II)|
|File Format||Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant|
|Image Recording Format||Still images||Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*/RAW|
|Movies||AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))|
* This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called “Exif Print”). Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera’s image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
|Compression||Superfine, Fine, Normal|
|Number of Recording Pixels||Still Images:||Large : Large: 3072 x 2304 pixels|
|Medium1: 2592 x 1944 pixels|
|Medium2: 2048 x 1536 pixels|
|Medium3: 1600 x 1200 pixels|
|Small : 640 x 480 pixels|
|Movies :||640 x 480 pixels (30 sec.)*, 10 fps**|
|320 x 240 pixels (3 min.)*, 15 fps**|
|160 x 120 pixels (3 min.)*, 15 fps**|
*The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting.
|Playback Modes||Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 2-10x in LCD monitor), Sound memos (recording/playback up to 60 sec.) or Slide show|
|Direct Print||Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible, and PictBridge compliant|
|My Camera Settings||The start-up image, start-up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and self-timer sound can be customized using the following methods:
|Interface||USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol])
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
|Operating Temperature||0 – 40°C (32 – 104°F)|
|Operating Humidity||10 – 90 %|
(w x h x d)
|104.9 x 72.8 x 73.1 mm (4.1 x 2.9 x 2.9 in.)
|Weight||Approx. 380 g (13.4 oz.) (camera body only)|