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Canon PowerShot G6
Canon PowerShot G6

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Canon PowerShot G6

Editor's Review

The much-anticipated Canon PowerShot G6 brings 7-megapixel resolution, a 2" LCD screen, and a slick new body design to Canon's popular G-Series camera line. Coming on the heels of the popular PowerShot G3 and G5, the G6 has big shoes to fill, but the Editors at Digital Camera HQ are optimistic that Canon is up to the task. The G6's 7-megapixel imaging sensor is sure to keep resolution junkies happy, while the 2" LCD screen will be a welcome relief for anyone that is tired of squinting at small screens (the G5 had a 1.8" screen). A standard remote control and Canon's excellent software bundle round out the package.


  • 7.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 4x optical zoom/4.1x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file format
  • ISO range 50 - 400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • UPC: 9685A001
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2004

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Canon PowerShot G6 Reviews

Canon PowerShot G6 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Would love to own it again (TholumusaFavoured Mlalazi — 05/13/2009)

Living in Zimbabwe were technology is a little slower, my G6 was like my ID til it dropped last week and now makes a crackling sound and gives blurred pics whenever i use it.
Any suggestions as to where I can get it repaired? anyone willing to part with theirs?
Would love to own it again, We had an excellent working relationship wit her.

  • 5.0 out of 5
2 yrs and still love it. (Lori — 12/08/2006)

I like to wait before writing a review. Everything is wonderful when you first get it but long term is what really counts. I have had this camera for almost 2 1/2 yrs now. This camera is awesome. I wanted something to grow with since my first digital investment was a inexpensive point and shoot. I have taken amazing photos with this camera. There is so much to this camera that Im still learning on all the different features. Thats not a bad thing by any means. This is what I wanted, as I got better, I wanted to learn more and this camera is perfect for that. I also like how you can buy different lens, again being able to grow with it. I like the feel of it and it has metal parts unlike some of the plastic jobs out there. I thought the flip screen was kind of cheesy at first but it didnt take me long to love it, expecially trying to take vacation shots in crowded places like Disney World (Im short) so its great to hold the camera above my head and tilt the screen so I can see what Im shooting. I took some unbelievable night shots of the Vegas strip with no glare or white spots. My photos look like postcards. I guess my only compliants are that its slow snapping pictures at a fast rate. Moving shots are blurred sometimes but I heard this is a common compliant of digitals. I do a lot of graphic art and this camera is perfect for it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera (TNS — 10/24/2006)

Hey I got this one from more than a year now.It works wonderful. Pictures are awesome.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera I've ever owned (Lance Boepple — 08/08/2006)

This is the first prosumer camera I've ever owned. The flip out LCD screen looked a little silly initially, but I've found it to be one of the most useful features of this camera. I can take shots at angles I could never achieve with a stand SLR or small pocket camera. The image quality is incredible, and this has been substantiated again and again by others that have viewed the photos I recently took in Nelson, Canada. The colors and clarity are truly impressive. I recently also bought a Canon Rebel XT, but so far don't think that it's picture quality rivals that of the G6, at least with the standard lens that comes with the kit. Time will tell. If you are hesitating or confused about committing to a camera, relax and focus on this one. It is truly a wonderful tool.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love my Canon G6! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Although I'm a novice to the world of photography and digital cameras, I must say that I am very impressed with my G6 and satisfied with my decision to purchase it despite having read some of the negative things some people have said about it in their reviews. So big deal, it can only shoot 3 minute movies. If I want to shoot movies, I'll buy a video camera.
I've had it for a little over a year now and almost 3000 pictures later, I'm still very happy and impressed with this marvelous piece of technology and all its handy features. Hats off to Canon! Keep leading the way!
Man I love my G6!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I have taken my Best-ever pictures with a G6 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera has impressed me very much, but I have also used it to it's limits & would like to move up to a longer zoom. It has picked up fantastic colours, depth of field control has been pretty good, and the rotating LCD has allowed me to get a few great shots that would not have been possible with a fixed LCD screen.
I use the remote control to view my days' shots all the time on our big screen TV - a sort of a super-slide-show complete with Zooming in & out, panning and skipping ahead fast. The biggest thing I dont like is only that it cant zoom in just a bit more to capture some shots I have been attempting. I cant really be too upset about it because its actually a better optical zoom than average (4x optical with a 4x digital) plus it can take a tele-converter anyway... which I may get someday soon. Some cameras do have a 10x or 12x optical but they also lack in other areas that the G6 excels in.
A good choice for the time being - without stepping into the world of SLR's !!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Astonishingly good performance: I bought it for my wife and use it myself (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera last Christmas because my wife wanted a digital camera. I still mostly shoot my Hasselblad and Nikons. I thought I hated digital cameras. I pulled out the G6 to create some quick images to test something in Photoshop and was shocked at the quality of the images.
I've found that there are two sorts of photographers: those who buy cameras to brag to their friends (but never show their terrible shots) and those of us who make great images and don't talk about specs. I'm the second type. I've decided that this camera is good enough to use for many purposes and I think that the images it creates are far superior to many film applications and most digital cameras that aren't in the $2K and up price range.
If you are a real photographer, its worth putting in your bag as a backup. If you want an excellent point and shoot camera, its so good its overkill.

  • 5.0 out of 5
The test of the pudding is in the eating. GREAT camara, good size. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

How much do you want to read? It works great, takes great pictures. Bought two extra lenses (tle, and macro) it is just the package I needed. The Canon software is not too bad either. Only negative, the power selector switch is REALY in a bad spot and it comes on when sliding into my breifcase or into the case. a bit small also.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is the best I've ever owned. The photo quality is superb and the shutter speed is wonderful. I read a lot of reviews before purchasing this camera and I have not been disappointed with my decision. I've had minolta, Nikon and HP cameras in the past but this is by far the best. I highly recommend it! Canon rocks!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Observations after owning G6 for a while (Tom Harrison — 09/05/2005)

When I first got my G6. I was trying to make it be the same as the film SLR I have; the small digital doesn't hold a candle to an SLR, but there are a lot of things the G6 does that an SLR won't. I would say it's a good camera for someone who wants a smallish, portable camera, who wants to take snapshots as well as the occasional more serious shots, or as a backup for a SLR then this is a good choice.

But if you want almost all of the same capabilities as the G6 has, I frankly am not sure how the A95 is that much different — it has the same cool flip-out screen (although nearly impossible to see in bright sunlight), the same auto and manual modes and the A95 takes AA batteries.

My only other comment: the lens is slow (f2.8 at wide angle), so you really need ISO 400 to avoid using flash ... yet there's noticeable noise at ISO 400.

Bottom line: ok, but not worth the money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best of both worlds (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought my G1 to replace an SLR-with-lenses that was taking all the fun out of vacations with it's carry-weight and fuss-factor. I also wanted the convenience of digital images. The G1 promised high quality images and a lot of top-notch capability in a small package, and it delivered. It was the best of both worlds, approaching the quality and flexibility of my bulky SLR outfit, but hanging like a little rangefinder camera in its neat black leather case. Thousands of crisp images later, including a lot of nice 8x10s, it remains my favorite camera of all time.
It took a lot of camera to replace my trusty G1, but the G6 is up to the task. The sharp,fast 35-105 is now a sharp, fast 35-140;the G6 is smaller and lighter than the G1; the flash is better; the LCD is bigger; the programs are more suited to experienced photographers, with two 'custom" settings;shutter lag is much less; focus is quicker, more accurate, and more flexible; metering is more flexible/useful;my batteries and memory cards work in this one, too;and-oh yeah-it's got 7.1 megapixels!
I missed my nice leather case, but got an Op/Tech neoprene one that seems designed for the G6 ( it's their "small"). An Adorama 52mm adapter lets my Raynox .72 And Kenko 2.0 converters work on the G6, giving it an effective 11X+ zoom range (OK, the Kenko vignettes, so you can't use it across the zoom range like the Raynox, but it's fine at the 180-280 equivalent range, and that's all I need it to do).
The controls are in the right places, as long as you are right-handed. Thumb for shooting mode, forefinger for shutter/zoom/focus options. being able to move the focus zone around is terrific!
The images this camera delivers are extraordinary. The combination of lens quality, the proven Digic processor, and all those megapixels produces images that truly rival film, let alone digital SLRs.
The gymnastic LCD, that can flip, revolve, and even face forward is a wonderful feature. Took a terrific night shot from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence with the G1 by resting the camera on my hat and turning the LCD to work like a waist-level finder. The G6 has a bigger LCD, snd it's brighter, so a good thing got better.
I use the viewfinder a LOT, so i appreciate the excellent one on this camera. I like the LCD, but i DON'T like those vid-cam TV finders—can't keep up with real-time motion.
I appreciate how Canon has refined and improved the G series. My terrific G1 has morphed seamlessly into my terrific G6, and the time i spent learning the G1, and the investments i made in batteries, memory cards and add-on lenses all pay off again. I like the fact that Canon still supports the G1 (check the website) and expect that five years from now, my G6 will enjoy similar support. And maybe by then, there'll be a G12 I have my eyes on...

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not bad, not great. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had a Sony V1 stolen and decided to replace it with the Canon G6. I shoot the majority of my photos with a Nikon D100 and Nikon lenses but wanted something smaller and easier to take with me. After all is said and done, I miss my Sony. The G6 is slow and plastic feeling. It seems that it shoots most photos overexposed and it has cumbersome to deal with controls that should be simple and available at a seconds notice. Intuitivness was not a subject talked about when planing this camera. I suppose one can become used to it, but why make things like flash compensation a button pushing extravaganza? It does shoot good photos and color is very accurate. The flip-out screen is wonderful to use. I love the size of it. I know alot of people say this camera is too large for a compact but It feels easy to grip and hold steady. The software that comes with it is pretty much useless unless it is the only photo software you have. Editing is limited to red-eye removal and cropping and that is about it. After all the complaining, I think I will keep it and dive further into it. It is a nice camera for those that want to "get into" photography without spending big bucks. I found this one at an electronics store for $300 new in box. You can find great deals now that the new Canons are out.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my second Digital Camera and I did a lot of studying prior to my purchase! I was deciding between Sony V3 and G6 and ultimately Canon won me over for its out of the box ease of use rather than trying to manipulate settings trying to produce a good quality picture on V3. I think G3 does take excellent and brilliant pictures eventhough I haven't really played with any of the settings yet, but I'm sure I will be able to produce even better pictures in near future. I ended buying a 1GB Ultra CF for it so that I won't have to worry about filling up the card anytime soon.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've been very pleased with the photos taken with this camera! I have always owned a Canon.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is quite a nice little package. Many before have mentioned all the good things. However, the focusing is inconsistent, especially at night and with close-ups. There are gaps using close-up and super close-up. It's doesn't matter how you fuss with it, you won't get certain distances in focus. You have to compensate by using the zoom. If you're shooting close-ups in dim light - that's the double whammy - best go get a double scotch before you start.

Shooting at night is really tough - there's little light for you to review previous shots, so you don't see how bad your shots are.
Canon could have made a great camera with an improved focusing system and a few beefier body parts.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great overall camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Very pleased with the camera. Battery life is very long. Took it on a trip to Germany and with using the 2" LCD screen to take all photos, deleting a number of pictures and taking in excess of 330 photos the battery did not need recharging. Just imagine how many picture I could have taken on one charge if I only used the tradition view finder! The easy of use could also not be better, easy software to use and the ability for the software to automatically merge several shots of the same panoramic view all into one picture is impressive. For long distance night shots, the additional flash would have useful. Digital zoom is incredible and the pictures are not pixilated either. I strongly recommend this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Canon G6 Wasn't the right choice for me (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Powershot G6 promised a number of things that appealed to me: compact size, manual controls for advanced use, excellent optics and the familiarity of Canon camera controls. I have the Canon 10D, and it is truly a fantastic camera (upgraded recently by the EOS 20D), and was looking for something smaller and more nimble, still with the capabilities of an advanced camera.

On many counts, I have been disappointed. The most notable problem is the auto-focus -- it is slow and inaccurate, and almost useless at full zoom. And while there is a manual focus option, you have to look at a small section of the LCD to adjust, and that is impractical for anything that moves.

The zoom is only 4x which is something like 135mm for a 35mm equivalent, which is not all that much zoom. Now that I see the Powershot S2 IS is coming (replacing the S1 IS) I wish I had waited for it's 12x zoom (with image stabilization).

The flip-out LCD is great. But you can get the same thing on the Canon A95 (for a lot less money), and based on a quick comparison, it's quite hard to see what the G6 has that makes it so much better than the A95.

The settings are cumbersome -- sort of crammed onto the body without much logic. One of my biggest peeves is that if you are in aperture priority mode, you can't tell the shutter speed until the exposure has been calculated which is far from fast (probably due to the auto-focus).

I wanted to be able to use the camera for people shots and candids where a smaller camera is more practical. Maybe it's me, but I just don't think it's quick enough to serve this purpose.

I'm not sure why Canon hasn't made a camera like the Nikon 8700 or Sony F828 where you can actually look through the viewfinder.

OK, well what I haven't said is that this is a fine camera for people who want some advanced features not available in the less expensive models. I am spoiled with my 10D (big brother of the Digital Rebel and now the 350 XT) and the incredibly quick Canon autofocus lenses. Oh well, maybe I'll see it on ebay and try the Canon S2 IS when it comes out.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera while on holiday in New Zealand and have found the picture quality excellent. I have now purchased the Tele and Wide angle lens plus the Cannon Speedlite 420ex flash and all these extra's are well worth having and give really good results. I am still learning all of the features of this camera but each day brings new and challenging results. I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for clear sharp pictures in any light conditions.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Compact yet formidable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

commendable semi-pro digicam design from CANON . camera volume is not so bulky yet packed with a lot of excellent photographic features to keep both novice and advanced amateur happy . RAW shooting format capability , compatibility with Canon s Speedlite flash units plus dedicated wide angle and telephoto accessory lens converters . handsome camera body with sumptuous silver / matte black combination finishes . looks even more gutsy with the attachment of accessory lenses and Speedlite 580 flash unit . sad to say, my unit came with a rather loose- fitting accessory lens adapter. dear Canon, pls increase power of teleconverter lens to X5 to complete the fine package , thank you .

  • 3.0 out of 5
Disappointing in some ways, but not all (Tom Harrison — 01/30/2005)

I bought the G6 because my Canon 10D, while awesome in all other respects, is big; the G6 promised many of the same advanced capabilities as an SLR with a small form. Plus it promises to work as a point-and-shoot. To some degree, the camera seems to be suiting these purposes, but it's not as good as I had hoped.

It has taken me a while to get used to the controls on the G6. They seemed to be placed where they fit as opposed to where they should be, as least in some cases. But this is a fancy camera -- I am willing to take a while to learn the ins and outs. Another reviewer indicated that the manual was bad -- it seems fine to me.

My main issue is with focus -- the auto-focus misses a fair number of times (especially in low light) and is not snappy. I have high standards since I am used to EOS auto-focus lenses; the G6 is a little slower and much less accurate. I can't use the manual focus feature: it requires that you look at a small, magnified part on the LCD screen to assess. My 40+-year-old eyes can't see that well without glasses (I can manually focus fine with my SLR). I am picky about pictures being sharp -- no matter how good the lens and image processor, out of focus is bad.

If you are looking for the features of an SLR, get one (I love the 10D which now has an even cooler 20D version). The price difference is not that big and cameras like the Rebel and the Pentax *istDS are quite small.

The G6 built-in flash is pretty useless; like all small cameras it pretty much guarantees red-eye (and red-eye reduction doesn't work on this or any other camera). The camera does have a hot-shoe so my external flashes from my other camera will work. Still, a flip-up flash (which moves the flash as least a little distance from the lens) would make a big difference in red-eye and coverage.

One point that's worth making: 7 megapixels is more than most people will ever need ... except that the much-maligned digital zoom now becomes useful: perhaps my math is wrong, but I think I can get 8x total zoom (optical 4x times 2) and a 4 megapixel image in the end, which was hot stuff just a year ago!

While the G6 has not fully met my expectations, I have to say this camera has some great features. The flip-out LCD is the greatest -- it takes a little getting used to to compose via the LCD, but you can hand-hold the camera in lots of different angles and heights, something you can't do well with an SLR, or without a flip-out screen.

Battery life is outstanding. I have taken several hundreds of shots (many with flash), and using the LCD a lot and it's still showing a full charge. You should get an extra battery, however.

I like that it comes with a wireless remote. I have been trying to get the same thing for my EOS 10D and it's several hundred dollars!

And the PowerShot G6 really is light and nimble. I carry it around with me most of the time, so it's there when I see a shot ... often the most important aspect of getting good photos. I think as I get used to what the camera can and cannot do, I will find it fills a need.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
After much research I decided on the Canon G6 to replace my old digital camera. I have been using the G6 for about 3 weeks and continue to be amazed at how well all of my pictures come out. The G6 performs much better than I expected, and I expected a lot. The details in macro mode as amazing. Shots in dim lighting also turn out great thanks to the AF assist beam - one of the reasons I opted for the G6 over the Pro 1. The hand grip has a pro feel to it, and overall the camera is made very well. The included wireless remote is a nice bonus included with the G6. The only drawback I have found with the G6 is the movie mode. Movies are a decent quality but it would be nice to record more than 30 seconds. This to me was a minor drawback, as I purchased the G6 for the picture quality. I highly recommend this camera to anyone who wants great pictures but doesn't want splurge for the digital SLR cameras.
  • 5.0 out of 5
30 days and counting (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have owned my Cannon G6 for 30 days and I a love it. I am taking pictures that are great and I know just enough to know that I will be growing and learning with this camera for a long time. So from the newbie perspective this is a great product that it will take a newbie a while to outgrow.