Canon Powershot G6 Review
Features & Controls
The all-glass Canon 7.2-28.8mm 4x zoom (35-140mm 35mm equivalent) boasts a maximum aperture of f/2.0-3.0, and is constructed in 8 elements with 7 groups. The real Iris-type aperture can be used to create background blur for professional portraits.
Focus range is 70cm (2.3 ft.) to infinity in normal mode. Macro autofocus range is 6cm (0.2 ft.) (wide-angle) / 20cm (0.7 ft.) (telephoto) to 70cm (2.3 ft.).
Autofocus is accomplished via a 9-point AiAF FlexiZone TTL system with an almost infinite number of possible AF points selectable on the LCD monitor. The G6 offers Focus Bracketing - it takes three consecutive shots, moving the focus position in front and behind the current position of the subject. The difference between each shot can be set to large, medium or small, allowing a "fine focus position" to be found which matches the photographer's intention even when precise focus positions are critical such as with macro photography.
The G6 has an AF assist illuminator for accurate focusing even in dim to
dark environments. Focusing of the lens is achieved with a rear-focusing method that
moves only one lens element, minimizing the weight of the focusing component for
greater focusing speed.
The lens ring comes off easily at the push of a button and allows you to attach the optional Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58B so you can use one of the Canon conversion lenses or attach 58mm filters.
There are three add-on lenses for use with the G3/G5/G6, they all require the LA-DC58D lens adapter:
Our friends at Lensmate offer this machined aluminum
G6 lens adapter that allows you to attach standard 52mm filters and lenses.
You can frame your shots with the color LCD or the eyelevel
optical viewfinder. There is a diopter adjustment for those of us with less than perfect
eyesight. The LEDs on the side indicate recording, autofocus and flash status. The
eyelevel finder shows approximately 85% of the captured image.
The PowerShot G6 includes a 3-mode built-in flash with red-eye reduction
and first or second curtain sync. The flash has a range of 0.7m (2.3 ft.)
- 5m.(16.5 ft.) (W) / 0.7m (2.3 ft.) - 4m (13.1 ft.) (T) (sensitivity at
ISO 100 equivalent)
The G6 is fully compatible with Canon's powerful EX-series Speedlites and
E-TTL wireless flash accessories. On top is a flash hot shoe with
dedicated TTL contacts for the Canon EX series automatic speedlights.
The G6 can also accomodate Canon's MR-14EX macro speedlite too.
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