Battery Compartment

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.

Battery Charger

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.

CompactFlash Compartment

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

Camera Labeled as
Zoom range
(35 mm equiv.)
Startup extend time
Max aperture
(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

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. There is sufficient area around the mount (front to back) to provide firm attachment of most tripod quick release plates.

Remote Control

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.

Flash Hot-shoe

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
• BP-511A Lithium-Ion battery
• CB-5L Battery charger
• 32 MB CompactFlash card
• WL-D100 IR Remote Control
• Lens cap & string
• Shoulder strap
• USB & AV cable
• Canon Solutions CD-ROM
• Arcsoft Camera Suite 2.0
• User Manual

Canon Accessories

Battery Pack BP-511A / BP-511 / BP-512 / BP-514 AC adapter CA-560 Charger Adapter/ Car Battery Cable Kit CR-560
Lens Adapter LA-DC58D
(58 mm thread)
Wide-converter WC-DC58N *
(0.7x multiplier)
Tele-converter TC-DC58N *
(1.75x multiplier)

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Close-up lens 250D * Lens Hood LH-DC30 * Soft Case SC-DC40
Compact EX-series Speedlite's
Speedlite 220EX, Speedlite 420EX, Speedlite 550EX, Speedlite 580EX
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX *

Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX *

* Require Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58D