Canon PowerShot G2 Review
Compact Flash Compartment
Behind a plastic lightweight compartment door is the Compact Flash slot. The G2 can take both CF Type I and II cards and is fully compatible with the 340 MB, 512 MB and 1 GB IBM Microdrive. Just like the G1 the interior of the G2's CF compartment is metal clad, perhaps designed to dissipate heat away from CF cards?
Just like the G1 the G2's CompactFlash compartment door has a sensor which it immediately shuts down the camera if it's opened, if there are images still in the cameras buffer being written to the Compact Flash card the camera will emit a loud constant tone until writing has finished.
A rubber door on the right side of the camera conceals the DC-IN connector and the now standard Canon digital I/O connector to be used with the supplied USB cable (and also for direct connection to compatible Canon printers). Just like the G1 the A/V Out connector doesn't have a cover.
I moaned about the rubber door cover on the G1 but haven't yet heard any reports of it dropping off, so I'll sit on the fence with the G2 and just say that it wouldn't have been beyond the will of the designers to put a nice spring loaded plastic door over all three connectors, instead they seem to have gone for the cheaper option.
On the base of the camera is a metal tripod mount, and yet again it's not positioned in line with the lens but then again is at least far enough away from the battery compartment to make it possible to change the battery with the camera on a tripod.
Internal Flash / Focus Assist Lamp
Just like the G1 the G2's flash can be used in continuous shooting mode, though that mode slows to one frame every 2.5 seconds (enough time for the flash to charge between shots).
Compact Flash Card
Supplied In the Box
The contents of the retail box are: (may vary by region)
- Canon PowerShot G2 Digital Camera
- BP-511 Lithium-Ion battery
- CA-560 AC adapter/charger (110-240V)
- 32 MB CompactFlash card
- WL-D100 IR Remote Control
- Lens cap & string
- Shoulder strap
- USB cable
- AV cable
- Canon Solutions CD-ROM
- USB / TWAIN driver
- Remote Capture
- Photo Stitch
- Zoom Browser
- Adobe Photoshop 5.0LE
- User Manual *
* Kudos to Canon for delivering an excellently authored, easy to understand yet totally comprehensive manual.
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