Canon Powershot G6 Review

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Canon Powershot G6



Features & Controls (cont.)




Canon Powershot G6

This G6 features a Vari-Angle swiveling 2.0-inch color LCD that rotates 270° and can be turned 180° around to face forwards for self-portraits.


Canon Powershot G6



Canon Powershot G6

or the LCD can be folded up against the back of the camera with the screen exposed or turned around the other way to protect it when not in use.



Canon Powershot G6

Controls on the top: To the left of the hot shoe is the Flash mode, Drive mode and Metering mode buttons. On the grip is the Main Dial that's used to change many camera settings. The zoom lens control is built around the shutter button. To the right of the LCD is the Lamp button to illuminate it as shown here. The data LCD displays major camera settings at a glance. The Power switch has a safety button that must be pressed before selecting the Record or Playback mode and in the center is the OFF button.



Canon Powershot G6

Controls on the back: To the left of the viewfinder is the Macro focus mode button (acts as the Thumbnail Index button in Play mode) and Manual Focus button (in Play it is the Voice Annotation button). The Mode Dial (see next frame). The "Star" button is used to pre-calculate and lock the exposure. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menu screens, change Exposure Compensation and White Balance options in Record and select images in Play. The SET button accepts menu selections and in Record mode it is used to change the active Focus Point. The Menu button enables onscreen menu system, The DISPLAY button controls the color LCD and the amount of data that is overlayed on it. The FUNC button brings up the menu of options for changing ISO speed, Color Effects, Exposure or Focus Bracketing, Flash Exposure Compensaton, Image size and Quality.



Canon Powershot G6

The Mode Dial has positions for:

  • Custom 1 - User settable mode
  • Custom 2 - User settable mode
  • Manual - you set both the shutter speed and aperture
  • AV (Aperture priority) - the camera automatically selects a shutter speed to match the aperture you set. Aperture settings available are: F2.0, F2.2, F2.5, F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0
  • TV (Shutter priority) - camera automatically selects an aperture setting to match the shutter speed you set. Available shutter speeds are: 1/2000, 1/1600, 1/1250, 1/1000, 1/800, 1/640, 1/500, 1/400, 1/320, 1/250, 1/200, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60, 1/50, 1/40, 1/30, 1/25, 1/20, 1/15, 1/13, 1/10, 1/8, 1/6, 1/5, 1/4, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8, 1, 1.3, 1.6, 2, 2.5, 3.2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 15 seconds
  • Program AE - camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture settings like AUTO but the user can change many options like white balance, exposure compensation, saturation, sharpness and more.
  • AUTO - camera sets everything automatically, this is "point and shoot" mode

The pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes include:

  • Portrait - Sets a large aperture value to have a minimum depth of field so your subject is sharp but the background gets blurred.
  • Landscape - Sets the focus to infinity and uses a small aperture
  • Night Portrait - Uses slow shutter speed (tripod recommended) to capture night backgrounds and synchronizes the flash to illuminate foreground subjects
  • Stitch Assist - The user will be aided by the LCD when creating multi-image panorama pictures. Five types of assistance are available:
    1. Horizontal - left to right
    2. Horizontal - right to left
    3. Vertical - top to bottom
    4. Vertical - bottom to top
    5. Clockwise starting at top left.


    Stitch Assist

    Onscreen view of Stitch Assist mode

  • Movie - capture full motion video with sound for up to 30 seconds in length at 640 x 480 / 10fps or up to 180 seconds at 15fps in 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 resolution.



    Canon Powershot G6


    The built-in speaker and the I/O ports are on the left side: The DC IN port is for connecting the battery charger/AC power supply. The DIGITAL connector is for the USB data cable. The A/V OUT handles audio and video (NTSC or PAL selectable) for connecting to a TV.



    Canon Powershot G6

    On the right side is the Compact Flash Type II card slot. The G6 is supplied with a 32MB CF card and can use any Type I or II solid state flash memory card or IBM/Hitachi Microdrives.   It is both FAT and FAT32 compatible and can be used with devices with capacity over 2GB.


    Number of Recordable Images
    Menu Selection File Size (KB) Resolution (pixels) 32MB 64MB 256MB 512MB 1 GB
    Large/SuperFine
    3045
    3072x2304
    9
    19
    81
    163
    337
    Large/Fine
    1897
    3072x2304
    15
    32
    130
    261
    537
    Large/Normal
    902
    3072x2304
    33
    67
    273
    547
    1,093
    Medium 1/ SuperFine
    2503
    2592x1944
    11
    24
    99
    198
    409
    Medium 1/Fine
    1395
    2592x1944
    21
    43
    177
    354
    728
    Medium 1/ Normal
    695
    2592x1944
    43
    88
    355
    709
    1,426
    Medium 2/ SuperFine
    1602
    2048x1536
    18
    38
    154
    308
    630
    Medium 2/Fine
    893
    2048x1536
    33
    68
    276
    552
    1,130
    Medium 2/ Normal
    445
    2048x1536
    67
    136
    548
    1,096
    2,187
    Medium 3/ SuperFine
    1002
    1600x1200
    30
    61
    246
    491
    993
    Medium 3/Fine
    558
    1600x1200
    54
    109
    440
    879
    1,726
    Medium 3/ Normal
    278
    1600x1200
    107
    217
    868
    1736
    3280
    Small/SuperFine
    249
    640x480
    119
    241
    962
    1893
    3645
    Small/Fine
    150
    640x480
    195
    393
    1563
    3125
    5468
    Small/Normal
    84
    640x480
    336
    676
    2720
    5209
    8202
    RAW
    7096
    3072x2304
    3
    7
    33
    68
    144
    These figures reflect standard shooting conditions established by Canon.
    Actual totals and file sizes may vary according to the subject, shooting conditions and shooting mode.

    Movie Recording Time (Total Seconds)
    Resolution/Pixels
    32MB
    64MB
    128MB
    256MB
    512MB
    Movie / High
    640x480
    45
    92
    186
    374
    743
    Movie/ Medium
    320x240
    91
    183
    368
    735
    1451
    Movie / Low
    160x120
    242
    486
    973
    1954
    3902
    Above figures are measured under Canon's standard conditions and may vary depending on the scene, subjects or camera settings. Total length of movie files recordable on specific CF cards; Individual 640 x 480 movie clips are limited to 30 seconds maximum per clip; individual 320 x 240 and 160 x 120 movie clips are limited to 3 minutes maximum per clip.




    Canon Powershot G6

    The G6 is powered by a high-capacity BP-511A 7.2v 1390mAh lithium rechargeable pack, with 25% more capacity than the previous BP-511. It has proven to be one of the best rechargeable batteries we've ever used.

    Canon claims a battery life of approx. 300 shots or 400 minutes of playback time. The included compact charger CG-580 takes about 100 minutes to recharge a fully depleted battery pack.



    Canon Powershot G6

    The supplied WL-DC100 infrared remote controller can be used up to approximately 5m (16.4 ft) directly in front of the camera to shoot or control playback. In record mode it can trip the shutter (with a zero, two or ten second delay), control the zoom lens and toggle the overlay information displays shown onscreen. In Playback mode it can display the next or previous image, play and replay movies, enable zoomed playback and pan around the magnified view and toggle the various onscreen data overlays.






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