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PowerShot G6

PowerShot G6

PowerShot G6

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Marketed September 2004

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)
Shooting Distance
(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.
Shooting Modes Auto
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.

** frames/second

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:

  1. Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
  2. Using downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol])
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source
  1. Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (type: BP-511A)(included in the camera kit/sold separately)
  2. Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (type: BP-511/512/514) (sold separately)
  3. Compact Power Adapter (CA-560) (sold separately)
  4. Car battery adapter (separately sold Charge Adapter/Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560 is required)
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.)
(Excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 380 g (13.4 oz.) (camera body only)
Sample Images1