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Canon PowerShot G2 Specifications


Street Price (US)   $ 899
Street Price (EU)   2299 DM / € 1175
Body Material   Front magnesium alloy, back high-impact plastic
CCD effective pixels Click for help 4.0 megapixels
CCD size** Click for help 1/1.8" (0.556")
CCD Colour Filter Array Click for help G - R - G - B
Max resolution   2272 x 1704 (3.8 megapixels)
Lower resolutions   • 1600 x 1200
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h   4:3
Image formats Click for help • RAW
• JPEG (EXIF)
Quality Levels   • Super-Fine
• Fine
• Normal
Sensitivity equiv. Click for help • Auto (ISO 50 - 100)
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
Lens Thread   With optional adapter, 58 mm
Zoom wide (W) Click for help 34 mm
Zoom tele (T) Click for help 102 mm (3 x)
Lens Aperture Click for help F2.0 - F2.5
Digital zoom Click for help Yes, Equiv. of 4.3x, 5.3x, 6.7x, 8.2x, 11x
Auto Focus   • Contrast detection
• Continuous or Single AF
• 3 selectable focus points
AF Illumination lamp Click for help Yes, visible light (white)
Manual Focus Click for help 6 cm (Wide) / 20 cm (Tele) - Infinity
Normal focus range Click for help 70 cm (27.6 in) - Infinity
Macro focus range Click for help 6 cm (2.4 in) - 70 cm (27.6 in)
Min shutter Click for help Auto: 1/8 sec
Program / Aperture Priority: 1 sec
Shutter Priority / Manual: 15 sec
Max shutter Click for help 1/1000 sec
Noise reduction   Yes, for shutter speeds of 1.3 seconds or slower
Metering Click for help

• Evaluative
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot (can be tied to selected focus point)

Exposure adjustment Click for help -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
Auto bracketing Click for help • 3 images
• 0.3 - 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Aperture priority Click for help

• Wide: 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
• Tele: F2.5, F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0

Shutter priority Click for help 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.5, 0.4, 0.3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000
Full manual Click for help Yes
Exposure Modes   • Auto
• Creative:
  • Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
• Image Control:
  • Pan-focus, Portrait, Landscape, Night scene, Colour Effects, Stitch
• Movie
White Balance Click for help • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent High
• Flash
• Custom preset (Manual)
Continuous Click for help • High speed: 2.5 fps, max 5 images
• Normal: 1.5 fps, max 9 images
(Large / Fine, LCD switched off)
Movie clip   • 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 30 secs (including audio)
• 160 x 120, 15 fps, max 120 ses (including audio)
Built-in Flash   Yes, fixed internal
Flash Range  

• Wide: 0.7 - 4.5 m (2.3 - 14.8 ft)
• Tele: 0.7 - 3.6 m (2.3 - 11.8 ft)

Flash modes  

• Auto
• Red-Eye Reduction Auto
• Red-Eye Reduction
• Flash On
• Flash Off

Flash compensation   +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
External flash
(via hot shoe)
  • Canon 220EX
• Canon 420EX
• Canon 550EX
• Canon MR-14EX (Macro-Ring-Light)
Tripod mount   Yes, metal
Self-timer   Yes, 10 sec delay
Remote control   Yes, supplied Infrared
Video out   Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage media Click for help Compact Flash Type I or Type II (Microdrive supported)
Storage included   32 MB Compact Flash Type I card
Viewfinder Click for help Optical with dioptre adjustment, approx. 84% frame coverage
LCD Click for help 1.8" TFT flip-out and twist, approx. 100% frame coverage
Playback zoom   Yes, 3x, 6x
Operating system   Proprietary
Connectivity Click for help USB
Print Compliance   DPOF, Direct Print (Canon)
Remote Capture   PC control via USB
Battery Click for help Yes, BP-511 Lithium-Ion Battery or BP-512 Lithium-Ion battery
Battery charger Click for help Yes, supplied AC adapter / charger
Weight (inc. battery)   510 g (1.1 lb)
Dimensions (inc. grip)   121 x 77 x 64 mm (4.8 x 3.0 x 2.5 in)

Click for help Click for glossary entry / help
   
** 

This measuring system is a leftover from the days of video TUBES and has nothing to do with the surface area of the chip in a direct sense. The Edmund Scientific Optics catalog has a sidebar that completely backs up the idea.

For instance, a "one inch" chip has a 16mm diagonal sensor array. A "one half inch" chip has an array of only 8mm in the diagonal. This means that the 1/1.8 = 0.555 inch measurement means NOTHING about the sensor array size. Unless they have changed the entire measurement system just for this chip, the actual sensor patch is 11% larger than the 8mm of a 1/2 chip or 8.88mm in diagonal.

(Mark Schubin of Videography Magazine)

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