Canon Powershot G6 7.1MP Digital Camera
The Powershot G6 is the successor to Canon's popular Powershot G5. Pixel count has increased from
5MP to 7.1 MP, the camera is now about 10% smaller, has a faster startup time, the AF is faster and
zooming is faster. Simultaneous recording of RAW+JPEG is now possible and there's a 640x480 movie mode.
Otherwise it looks pretty similar to the 5MP Powershot G5.
The Canon Powershot G6 should be available in September at around $700
The following was taken from the official Canon press release on the PowerShot G6 Digital Camera
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. Aug. 19, 2004 - Canon's new 7.1-megapixel PowerShot" G6
digital camera offers photographers and photo enthusiasts a flexible, full-featured tool
for expanded creative control. The simply sophisticated PowerShot G6 digital camera
features a new compact design, advanced ergonomics and brilliant Canon optics that deliver
"Expanding on the popularity of our previous G-series digital cameras, we designed
the PowerShot G6 model with photo enthusiasts and advanced amateurs in mind," said
Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group
at Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ). "The PowerShot G6
digital camera is an extraordinary combination of advanced features, genuine Canon optics,
exceptional image quality with the DIGIC Image Processor and a compact and comfortable
PowerShot G6 Digital Camera's Powerful Performance
Equipped with a higher resolution 7.1-megapixel CCD-type sensor, the PowerShot G6 digital
camera captures 3072 x 2304 pixel images with exceptional detail and color fidelity. The
digital camera offers users a vari-angled 2.0" LCD monitor for better on-camera
viewing and Canon's exclusive DIGIC Image Processor, which increases image quality and
processing speeds while reducing power consumption. Canon's powerful 4x all-glass optical
zoom lens provides photographers with a 35mm equivalent range of 35-140mm, a fast maximum
aperture of f/2.0-3.0 and macro focusing down to 2 inches. The additional 4.1x digital
zoom extends the camera's telephoto capabilities to provide photographers with 16x
combined zoom functionality.
The PowerShot G6 digital camera has been reengineered with a host of new features,
including a faster start-up time, simultaneous RAW+JPEG recording and an enhanced large
size (640x480) movie mode. Compared to its predecessor, the PowerShot G5 model, the
PowerShot G6 camera's high speed zooming from wide to telephoto has been shortened by up
to 30% while the speed of the camera's auto focus has also been increased by up to 55% for
better performance compared to the PowerShot G5 camera.
Key PowerShot G6 features:
High-resolution 7.1-megapixel CCD sensor for improved image quality;
4x optical/4.1 digital/16x combined zoom
9-point AiAF (new to the G-Series) for fast and precise focusing
Intelligent Orientation Sensor, which automatically rotates vertical shots during
12 EOS-based Shooting Modes plus Photo Effects, Custom Modes, enhanced Super Macro
Mode, Wide-area FlexiZone AF/AE and Spot Metering for customizing the camera to each
individual user's shooting style:
Advanced Movie Mode shoots VGA quality 640 x 480 movies. ID Photo Print and Movie
Print options also available;
Accepts Compact Flash Type I and Type II media;
Flexible 270( Swivel LCD, Vari-Angle monitor together with an ergonomic hand grip
and an EOS-style control layout for easier handling;
Exclusive Canon DIGIC Image Processor with iSAPS Scene Recognition Technology for
faster processing and excellent image quality; and
The latest versions of Canon's popular ZoomBrowser EX (Win) and ImageBrowser (Mac)
software with powerful new features, plus ArcSoft PhotoStudio and VideoImpression.
New Compact Body Design
Housed in a rugged body, the PowerShot G6 digital camera is significantly smaller (by 10
percent) on the outside than the previous model. Measuring a compact 4.13 x 2.87 x 2.88
inches and weighing in at just 13.4 ounces, the PowerShot G6 digital camera sports an
improved ergonomic design that includes an enhanced "SLR-type" grip for easier
handling. The camera's electronic dials and enlarged icons, as well as its redesigned user
interface screen, have been repositioned to add to its ease of operation while sleek metal
parts contribute to the new camera's elegant appearance.
The advanced features and reduced body size of the camera not only suit the needs of
advanced amateur photographers, but also of photographers in vertical industries such as
law enforcement and dentistry. Whether capturing evidence during an investigation or
getting in close to snap the intricate details of dental work, the PowerShot G6 digital
camera has the versatility to meet the imaging needs of all photographers.
PowerShot G6 Digital Camera Lights Up Flash Photography
For creative flash photography, the PowerShot G6 digital camera includes a 5-mode built-in
flash with red-eye reduction and first or second curtain sync. The flash can be operated
manually or automatically. Additionally, the camera is fully compatible with Canon's
powerful EX-series Speedlites and E-TTL wireless flash accessories for superior lighting
quality - including the new Speedlite 580EX. The PowerShot G6 digital camera is also
compatible with high-quality Canon supplementary lenses including Wide and Tele converters
as well as a Close-up lens. The combination of the PowerShot G6 digital camera with
optional Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58D and the 500D Close-up
lens is ideal for high-resolution intra-oral dental photography at relatively low cost.
Also available is the Lens Hood LH-DC30, for photography in bright sunlit situations.
The DIGIC Difference
Canon developed the proprietary DIGIC (Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) Image Processor
specifically for use with its line of digital cameras. The technology combines the jobs of
image processing and camera function control into one chip. Because it was specifically
designed for use in digital cameras, it is also capable of handling JPEG
compression/expansion; memory card control; LCD/Video control and processing; gain control
(control of CCD signal amplification); Auto Exposure; Auto Focus; Auto White Balance
control and most other functions of the camera. The result is a product that offers faster
and more powerful auto focus than ever before, faster image processing, better image
quality and longer battery life.
Photo Printing Made Easy
As with all of Canon's digital cameras, the PowerShot G6 digital camera offers Direct
Printing, making it simple, quick and convenient to produce high-quality photos without
the need for a computer. Other printing enhancements include ID Photo Print allowing the
user to make ID photo size prints by cropping the image to the required ID size, while
Movie Print enables the consumer to print a series of still images from a recorded
The PowerShot G6 digital camera kit includes a USB cable, AVC-DC300 AV Cable, Battery
Charger CG-580, rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Pack BP-511A, 32 MB Compact Flash card, a
Wireless Controller WL-DC100 and Digital Camera Solution CD, ArcSoft Camera Suite CD,
neckstrap and lens cap. The PowerShot G6 digital camera will be available in September for
an estimated street price of $699.99*.
Where to buy?
The Canon Powershot G6 7.1MP digital camera is expected top start shipping on September 15th.
Amazon are taking orders now, but will not charge your credit card until the camera actually ships. They also offer free shipping.
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