Canon Powershot G6 Review

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Canon Powershot G6



Record Mode Screens & Menus


Canon Powershot G6


AUTO record mode is the simple "Point-n-Shoot" exposure mode, the camera sets everything automatically for you. Icons indicate "AUTO" record mode, auto flash mode, single frame drive mode, matrix metering, Fine Large image, 1/60 shutter speed, F2.2 aperture and 487 pictures remaining at current image quality setting.

The green square (focus point) in the center indicates an autofocus lock, if the AF fails to lock it turns yellow.



Canon Powershot G6

Program AE is also an automatic exposure mode however you now have access to the FUNCtion options (see below) to change many of the image capture parameters.



Canon Powershot G6

Shutter-speed priority (Tv) mode lets you set a given shutter speed and the camera will automatically select the appropriate aperture value. 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



Canon Powershot G6

Aperture priority (Av) mode lets you select a given aperture value and the camera will automatically select the appropriate shutter speed. 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



Canon Powershot G6

Manual exposure mode requires you to set both the shutter speed and the aperture manually. When you half-press the shutter release the exposure value will be displayed so you can adjust the settings to obtain the proper settings.



Canon Powershot G6

In modes other than AUTO press the FUNC button to access settings for:

  • ISO Speed:  Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
  • Color Effect:  Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, B&W, Sepia, Custom (contrast, sharpness and saturation is settable as +,0,-)
  • Bracketing:  Auto Exposure Bracketing or Focus Bracketing
  • Flash Compensation:  ± 2.0EV flash exposure compensation
  • Image Size:  Large 3072x2304, Medium1 2592x1944, Medium2 2048x1536, Medium3 1600x1200, Small 640x480, RAW 3072x2304
  • Quality:  Superfine, Fine, Normal (JPEG only)
Also see the MENU options below.



Canon Powershot G6

In Manual Focus (MF) mode the focus distance is indicated on the right with a sliding scale and is adjusted by rotating the Main Dial. The central portion of the screen shows a 2X magnification of the focus point area.



Canon Powershot G6

Flexipoint AF - In PAMS modes you can press the SET button and then use the 4-way selector to choose the desired focus point, by default it uses the center point. There are many available focus points to chose from.



Canon Powershot G6

Pressing the 4-way controller UP lets you set a desired Exposure Compensation value. This is used to override the auto exposure system with a +/- 2EV adjustment in 1/3EV steps.



Canon Powershot G6

Pressing the 4-way selector DOWN gives you access to the White balance options: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent 2, Flash, Custom1 or Custom2.



Canon Powershot G6

The Bracketing Menu gives you access to:

    Auto Exposure Bracketing - In this mode, the camera automatically changes the exposure within a set range to take three shots after you press the shutter button once. You can adjust AEB settings in 1/3EV steps within the range of -2EV to +2EV of the standard exposure setting. AEB setting can be combined with exposure compensation settings.

    Focus Bracketing - Camera captures three frames and changes focal distance change between each (ideal distance, in front and behind of subject). The amount of difference is settable as shown above.





Canon Powershot G6

Using the Flash Output option you can manually vary the output of the flash to get exactly the amount of light on the subject that's desired.



Canon Powershot G6

Motion video with audio can be recorded for up to 30 seconds in length in 640 x 480 at 10fps and up to three minutes in either 320x240 or 160x120 resolution at 15fps.



Canon Powershot G6

MENU options (except in AUTO mode):

  • Flash Sync:  1st curtain (as shutter first opens), 2nd curtain (just before shutter closes, good for long shutter speed exposures with moving objects)
  • Slow Synchro:  Enable/disable flash slow sync mode
  • Red-Eye:  Enable/disable red-eye reduction flash mode
  • Continuous Shooting:  Normal or High Speed (faster but smaller buffer depth)
  • Self-Timer:  Delay time; 2 or 10 seconds
  • Wireless Delay:  Shutter delay with remote control; 0, 2 or 10 secs.
  • Spot AE Point:  Spot metering; Center or follows AF point
  • ND Filter:  Enable/disable neutral density filter that cuts the amount of light reaching the sensor by 3 f-stops
  • MF Point Zoom:  Enable/disable the 2X magnified center view when manually focusing
  • AF Mode:  Single (half-press shutter) or Continuous auto focus mode
  • AF Assist Beam:  Enable/disable focus assist illuminator
  • Digital Zoom:  Enable/disable digital zoom feature
  • Review:  Review picture just taken on LCD for 2 to 10 seconds or disable
  • Reverse Disp.:  Flip LCD image upside down
  • RAW+JPEG Rec.:  Set the JPEG size to be recorded with RAW files
  • Intervalometer:  Enable time-lapse recording mode, 1-60 mins.
  • Save Settings:  Save current settings in C1 or C2 custom memory locations for recall on the Mode Dial





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