Successor to the popular PowerShot G5 the new PowerShot G6 was announced on 19th August 2004. At the beginning of the year it became clear that Canon wouldn't be jumping on the six megapixel 1/1.8" CCD bandwagon, instead they were holding off for the higher resolution seven megapixel sensor and chose to introduce both the G6 and S70 with this CCD in August. The increase in output pixel count from the G5 to the G6 is quite a bit more (2.0 million pixels) than from the G3 to the G5 (1.2 million pixels) and so it's likely that the G6 will be of considerable interest to G5 owners and also those G3 owners who chose not to upgrade to the G5.
Although the G6 looks quite a bit different to the G5 (it's 16 mm narrower) it has the same lens (although apparently with improved coatings to cut down CA) a similar control layout and feature set.
The PowerShot G6 becomes one of the first prosumer digital cameras to utilize the new 1/1.8" seven megapixel CCD. Just to add a little confusion to the mix Canon isn't particularly logical with its naming conventions; PowerShot S60 (5 megapixel), PowerShot S70 (7 megapixel), PowerShot G5 (5 megapixel), PowerShot G6 (7 megapixel).
Canon PowerShot G6 vs. PowerShot G5 (differences)
Canon PowerShot G6
Canon PowerShot G5
|Effective pixels||7.1 million||5.0 million|
|Image sizes||• 3072 x 2304
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x x1546
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
| 2592 x 1944
1600 x 1200
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Movie clips||• 640 x 480 (max 30 sec)
• 320 x 240 (max 3 mins)
• 160 x 120 (max 3 mins)
|• 320 x 240 (max 3 mins)
• 160 x 120 (max 3 mins)
(Large/Fine, LCD Off)
| High: 2.0 fps, max 14
Std: 1.2 fps, max 23
| High: 2.0 fps, max 11
Std: 1.5 fps, max 11
|LCD monitor|| 2.0" 118,00 pixel
• Tilt, twist and swivel
|• 1.8" 118,000 pixel
• Tilt, twist and swivel
|Status panel||• Right side of camera
|• Left side of camera|
|Battery||Canon BP-511A (1390 mAh)||Canon BP-511 (1100 mAh)|
|Charger||External charger||In-camera incl. AC adapter|
|Menu languages||14 languages||12 languages|
|Dimensions||105 x 73 x 73 mm
(4.1 x 2.9 x 2.9 in)
|121 x 74 x 70 mm
(4.8 x 2.9 x 2.8 in)
|Weight (incl.)||467 g (1.0 lb)||481 g (1.1 lb)|
|Other new features||• Safety shift
• Flash adjust (Auto / Manual)
• Reverse display
• RAW+JPEG size selection
(compared to G5)
• AF 45 - 55% faster
Five $700 seven megapixel digital cameras
This review was produced as part of a group test of five seven megapixel digital cameras, all of which offer similar features and all of which cost (at the time of posting these reviews; 2nd Dec 2004) around $700. The 'Compared to...' section of this review is shared with the other reviews. The five reviews (in alphabetical order):
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