Canon PowerShot G6 Review
The battery fits into a compartment in the base of the hand grip. The battery is held in place with a small brown spring clip, just rotate it slightly and the battery will pop out. The G6 uses the newer BP-511A which has an increased capacity of 1390 mAh at 7.4 V (10.3 Wh vs. the BP-511's 8 Wh). Unlike the G5 the G6 is supplied with a battery charger and the battery must be removed from the camera to charge, this also means that you don't have a supplied AC adapter.
|The G6 is supplied with Canon's ubiquitous CF-580 / CB-5L battery charger which we've seen used on several other Canon digital cameras including the new EOS 20D. This unit has an progress indicator light and can charge a battery from flat in about 90 minutes.|
Behind a plastic compartment door is the CompactFlash slot. The G6 can take both CF Type I and II cards and supports card greater than 2 GB (FAT32). If the compartment door is opened while the camera is on the camera will shutdown, if there are any images still being written to the CompactFlash card a high pitch tone will sound until the write has completed. I wish this feature could be implemented on the EOS digital SLR's.
The G6 has a proper hinged plastic door (no nasty rubber covers here) over its connectors which are located on the left side of the camera (from the rear). Inside are the A/V out, DC-IN and USB (1.1) connectors. Note that the supplied USB cable can be used to direct print to compatible Canon printers and other PictBridge printers.
The G6 has the same four times optical zoom lens as the G5 with an equivalent zoom range of 35 to 140 mm and a very good maximum aperture of F2.0 at wide angle, F3.0 at telephoto. Additional lens converters (wide angle or telephoto) can be added by removing the bayonet-style lens ring and attaching the LA-DC58B conversion lens adapter (provides a 58 mm thread). One downside of this otherwise fine lens is the amount of time it takes to extend, three seconds feels like an eternity if you've experienced the quick startup of Olympus's C-7000 Zoom (just a second).
Compared to other seven megapixel digital camera lenses
(35 mm equiv.)
Startup extend time
(wide - tele)
|Canon PowerShot G6||Canon Zoom||35 - 140 mm (4x)||3.0 sec||F2.0 - F3.0|
|Casio Exilim EX-P700||Canon Zoom||33 - 132 mm (4x)||2.1 sec||F2.8 - F4.0|
|Olympus C-7000 Z||Olympus Zoom||38 - 190 mm (5x)||1.0 sec||F2.8 - F4.8|
|Pentax Optio 750Z||smc Pentax||37.5 - 187.5 mm (5x)||2.8 sec||F2.8 - F4.6|
|Sony DSC-V3||Carl Zeiss||34 - 136 mm (4x)||2.5 sec||F2.8 - F4.0|
Base / Tripod Mount
|Supplied with the camera is this handy Infrared remote control, with a 5 m range it can be used to remotely fire the shutter release, control the zoom and other menu options or as a control for playback (say of a slideshow on a TV screen) with thumbnail, zoom and DISPLAY buttons also available.|
Internal Flash / Auto Focus Assist Lamp
|The G6's internal slim flash unit has a specified range of 5.0 m (16.4 ft) at wide angle and 4.0 m (11.5 ft) at telephoto.
The AF assist lamp can be seen on the left side of this image, it provides a bright white illumination in low light situations, this helps the camera's auto focus system to lock onto the subject. The AF assist lamp can be disabled.
|The G6 has a fully wired E-TTL hot-shoe mounted on the top of the camera. This allows for full compatibility with a range of Canon Speedlites: 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 550EX, 580EX, MR-14EX / 24EX and also non-TTL use of other flash / studio systems.
Click here to see a top-heavy looking PowerShot G6 with Canon's new 580EX Speedlite.
Supplied In the Box
• Canon PowerShot G6 Digital Camera
* Require Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58D
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