Canon Powershot G6 Review
Full review posted 8/28/04
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The 7.1 Megapixel CCD sensor delivers the high resolution expected of a camera in this class, allowing photo prints beyond A3 in size with plenty of resolution for post-capture cropping. The fast f2.0 4x optical zoom lens (35-140mm equivalent in 35mm format) has been optimised to the image sensor's requirements.
Canon's 9-point AiAF appears for the first time on a G-series camera, allowing for automatic, accurate focusing even with off-center subjects. The enhancement of the G6's focussing system means single and continuous AF speeds have been improved by 45% and 55% respectively . FlexiZone AF/AE allows users to specify the particular spot in the frame from which to focus and meter - ideal for creative compositions - and focus bracketing takes extra shots focused in front of and behind the subject.
Users have a choice of 12 exposure modes including Auto, Program AE, full manual, aperture and shutter priority modes, 2 Custom modes, Portrait and Landscape modes to control depth of field, a Night Scene mode with slow sync flash speed to maintain both background and foreground detail. Stitch Assist works in 5 modes to enable precise alignment of up to 26 images for panorama and poster shots, merged later with PhotoStitch software. 3 minute video clips with sound can be recorded in movie mode, or up to 30 seconds at VGA resolution. Photo effects include sepia, vivid color, black and white, neutral and low sharpening.
The vari-angle 2.0" color LCD monitor rotates fully to allow for shooting with the camera close to the floor or high in the air. The display automatically shows a mirror image for easy self portraits. 2x to 10x magnification playback allows fast, detailed image review to confirm focus accuracy.
A wide range of accessories further expands the capabilities, versatility and creative potential of the camera. A 0.7x wide converter and 1.75 tele converter cover a 10x zoom range of 24.5 - 245mm (35mm equivalent). True macro photography is available with a 58mm close up lens and professional Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX or Macro Twin MT-24EX flash units. The G6 offers full support of Canon's extensive EX series Speedlite flash units, including the new range-leading
For photo prints without the PC, the G6 is directly connectable to all PictBridge compliant and Canon Direct Print printers.
The Powershot G6 compared in size to a CD
The Powershot G6 and the 5-megapixel Powershot A95.
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Powershot G6 Specifications
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