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Canon's PowerShot G6 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Canon announces PowerShot G6 digital camera (UPDATED)
(Thursday, August 19, 2004 - 17:00 EDT)

Canon USA has today announced the new PowerShot G6 digital camera.

An update to the existing PowerShot G5 model that was announced on June 2, 2003, the G6 joins the line with a 7.1 megapixel CCD imager, coupled with the same 4x optical zoom lens found on the previous model. The camera body has undergone a redesign, and is now about an inch narrower than the G5 was, with a larger two tone hand-grip that gives you more to wrap your hand around. The mode dial has been moved to the camera's rear panel to accommodate the reduced width, and should be nicely positioned to control single-handed with your thumb. The camera's LCD monitor has been upgraded to a 2.0" tilt/swivel type with 118,000 pixels, and the top-mounted status LCD and external flash hot shoe from the PowerShot G5 have been retained.

The Canon PowerShot G6 should reach stores in September at a price of US$699.99.

Canon PowerShot G6
Canon's PowerShot G6 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Image Sensor
Type 1/1.8” CCD
Effective Pixels Approx.7.1M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Image Processor
Type DIGIC with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 7.2 – 28.8 mm (35mm film equivalent: 35 – 140mm)
Zoom Optical 4x, digital approx. 4.1x, combined approx. 16x
Maximum f/number f/2.0 – f/3.0
Construction 8 elements in 7 groups (2 aspherical elements)
Type TTL
AF System/ Points 9-point AiAF, 1-point AF (Any position is available or fixed centre)
AF Modes Single, Continuous
AF Point Selection Manual selection using Flexizone AF/AE
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 5cm
Exposure Control
Metering modes Evaluative, Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to focusing frame)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO Speed Equivalent AUTO, 50, 100, 200, 400
Speed 15 – 1/2,000 sec
(Slow Shutter of 1.3 sec. and more, available in Manual and Shutter Priority AE modes only. Shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. and more operate with noise reduction. Certain combinations of shutter speed and aperture may not be available.)
White Balance
Type TTL
Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom (2 modes)
Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder
Dioptre Correction Yes
LCD Monitor
Monitor Vari-angle 2.0” P-Si TFT, approx. 118,000 pixels
Coverage 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of two levels
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 70cm-5.0m (W) / 4.0m (T) (at ISO 100 equivalent)
External Flash E-TTL with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
Modes Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom (2 modes), Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White, Custom
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-timer, Wireless control
Continuous Shooting High Speed at approx. 2.0 fps (1) (speed maintained for up to 14 images) (2) Normal at approx. 1.2 fps (1) (speed maintained for up to 23 images)(2)
Intervalometer Up to 100 shots in 1 – 60 minute increments (2)
Recording Pixels / Compression
Image Size (L)3072 x 2304, (M1)2592 x 1944, (M2)2048 x 1536 (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S)640 x 480
Compression SuperFine, Fine, Normal or RAW (max. resolution only)
Movies (L)640x480 at 10fps, (L)640x480 & (M)320x240 at 15fps
Movie Length Up to 30 sec. (640 x 480) (2) Up to 3 mins, (320x240, 160x120) (2)
File Format
Still Image Format JPEG (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, RAW, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG + WAVE (monaural)]
Sound Files WAVE (monaural)
Direct Print
Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and Pixma Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Movie Print supported on CP printers only)
PictBridge Yes
Other Features
My Camera Start-up image and camera sounds customisation
Sound Memo Up to 60 sec
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec.
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese
Computer USB (PTP)
Other A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
Memory Card
Type CompactFlash Type I / II (Microdrive compatible) (3), 32MB CompactFlash card supplied
Supported Operating System
PC Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 SP4 / XP / XP SP1
Macintosh OS X v10.1.5 – 10.3
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX (PhotoRecord) / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch
Drivers TWAIN (Windows 98 / 2000), WIA (Windows Me)
Image Manipulation ArcSoft PhotoStudio, ArcSoft VideoImpression
Power Source
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery BP-511A / BP-514/ BP-511 / BP-512 (BP-511A battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 300 shots (5)
Approx. 400 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Compact power adapter CA-560
Case Soft Case SC-DC40
Lenses 1.75x Tele-converter TC-DC58N, 0.7x Wide Converter WC-DC58N, Close-up Lens 250D (58mm), Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC58D, Lens Hood LH-DC30
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 420EX, 550EX, 580EX, Macro-Ring-Lite MR - 14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Remote Controller/ Switch Wireless Controller WL-DC100 (supplied)
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Power Adapter CA-560, Battery Charger (single) CB-5L (supplied in camera kit), Battery Charger (Twin) CG-560/570, Car Battery Adapter CR-560, Car Battery Cable CB-560/570
Physical Specifications
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 104.9 x 72.8 x 73.1 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight (body only) Approx. 380g
More Photos
Canon's PowerShot G6 digital camera. Courtesy of Canon, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2004-08-19 20:36ET: Our friends at the other main digicam websites have all posted reviews of the PowerShot G6, the first such reviews we're aware of on the web. Check them out at the following links:

Original Source Press Release:


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. Aug. 19, 2004 – Canon's new 7.1-megapixel PowerShot â 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 beautiful images.

“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 design.”

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 playback ;
  • 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 movie.**

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 selling price of $699.99*.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America, and is ranked #35 on the latest Business Week list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) is a top patent-holder of technology, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2003, with global revenues of $29.9 billion. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com .

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**ID Photo Print and Movie Print require the use of a Canon Compact Photo Printer.

* Prices subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

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