by R. K. Bloom

Canon PowerShot G6

Canon PowerShot G6

There is an opinion that any object has reached the perfection of material civilization begins to look the same regardless of the manufacturer. That is why airliners from Airbus as two peas in a pod similar to the planes Boeing, every gun in appearance resembles the legendary M1911, and SLR cameras from Nikon, Canon and Pentax look like twins. Its very simple – these objects are almost perfect.

From the viewpoint of the author, an amateur digital camera for the first time found the perfect form in 1999 – then came Olympus C-2000 Zoom. This camera and its successors – the “native” (produced by Olympus – incidentally, one of them, Olympus C-4000 Zoom, owned by the author) and “cousins” (developed by other firms) – are, in my opinion, ideal both in terms of ergonomics and on the relative position of the main units.

Apparently not too attractive, almost cubic shape, do not fit in any one (except the jacket) pocket cameras of this style is perfect in the hand, will quickly set the desired shooting mode, and their built-in flash is removed from the optical axis of the lens and reduces the risk of “red-eye reduction “. Most of these models are equipped with advanced high-aperture optics, as well as allow for the installation of additional optics and flash, which greatly expands their capabilities.

All this fully applies to the camera Canon PowerShot G6, however, in contrast to the line of Olympus, launched C-2000 Zoom, a series of PowerShot G has started in the 2000 model, which was not ideal in terms of ergonomics.

Trehmegapikselnaya (2048×1536) Camera PowerShot G1 was a drawn out wide (120x77x64 mm) silver “brick” without the slightest bulge on the left side, so keep this in the hands of a rather heavy model (500 g) was not too easy.

Especially when it installed an external flash (PowerShot G1 was supplied with TTL-shoe” on the top panel) or attachment to the lens (this had a thread around the shaft of the lens, hidden decorative ring) – later, these distinctive capabilities are “family resemblances” of the whole series. Other characteristic features are the presence of remote d / y and the design of a color LCD screen – it was mounted on a hinge, so that it can be deployed in any direction, which greatly simplifies shooting from awkward position, allowed to remove the self-portrait, and if necessary, the screen can be deployed to the rear of the camera, thus save him from injury.

Particularly noteworthy aperture autofocus zoom lens – 34-102 mm in 35mm equivalent, f / 2,0-f / 2,5. Its superior performance were the reason that six months before the Canon optics, this model appeared in the competition, have purchased their products for this lens. In particular, SONY has used it to model DSC-S70, CASIO – for the QV-3000EX, and Epson – for the PhotoPC 3000Z. However, SONY has caused to “muzzle” of the lens words Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, and Epson – even some mythical brand Epson Digital Camera Lens CASIO honest and just marked the optics words Canon Lens.

A year later, was presented chetyrehmegapikselny (2272×1704) version of the PowerShot G2, retaining the old lens, the weight and size characteristics and the aforementioned “family traits”, but from an ergonomic point of view of novelty is in the best side – the left side of the front panel there is a small ledge that allows you to more securely hold the camera . A year later there was another model of the family, PowerShot G3, but its resolution remains the same. Optical system has been modified – new autofocus zoom lens ensures greater multiplicity (35-140 mm in 35mm equivalent), while maintaining a high luminosity (f/2-f/3). The camera was a little more in the “depth (121x74x70 mm) – the tab on the left side of the front panel is now even bigger and got a wheel to adjust the various parameters. Tubusny adapter, designed for installation tips to the lens, was mounted by bayonet connector, and the hiding of his decorative ring was removed after pressing the locking button on the right bottom of the lens. In 2003 he was created-Megapixel (2592×1944) version of the PowerShot G5, seemingly nothing but black body, from its predecessor is not distinguished.

Introduced in 2004 semimegapikselny (3072×2304) Canon PowerShot G6 has undergone the most radical design change.

Inheriting a general “family resemblances” and an optical system predecessor, the new product differed more “square” appearance. Looking at the massive bulge in the left side of the front panel, it is clear from what the developers were able to “squeeze” the width of the camera – now this detail does not seem decorative bustles, the PowerShot G6 projection is an integral part of the body. However, the ergonomics of the camera will only win – a camera in your hand even more convenient to some of the “SLR” and is much safer than most amateur models.

For added convenience, while holding the camera back cover is also equipped with a PowerShot G6 ledge, located in the upper right corner. This projection rests comfortably in the hollow between thumb and forefinger of the right (holding the camera) the users hand, thus creating additional support.

Despite the apparent “massive” housing has become more compact (105x73x73 mm), and the camera itself, “lost weight” of 30 grams (380 grams without battery and memory card). Most controls are located on the top and rear panels, so that to them you can easily reach a large or forefinger of his right hand. At the same time, these fingers with good intentions will not be able to block or viewfinder, no backlight auto-focus, no flash transmitter.

The left hand can hold the camera in the bottom of the lens (in the manner of a heavy and bulky, “SLR”), and the user will get access buttons, centered at the left edge of the back and top panels.

Although the ideal way to carry the camera is a compact carrying case that protects the unit from dust, rain and snow, in the absence of unpleasant weather PowerShot G6 can be worn on the shoulder strap (supplied) for installation of which the left and right panels camera equipped with a sturdy metal swivel .

The pull-out of the autofocus zoom lens (35-140 mm in 35mm equivalent) when the camera is turned off inside the case. After launching the camera, this “trunk” pushed forward from its mines, its length in this case is about 2.5 cm Although the rapid transition from the “march” of the “fighting” is more typical of ultracompact models (due to the smaller CCDs and , respectively, of the lens), the interval from inclusion until ready to shoot at the PowerShot G6 takes just four seconds. If the user forgets to remove the lens cap, nothing bad will happen – it is not attached to the shaft of the lens snaps and holds by friction, so it is easy to reset “muzzle” pull of the optical system.

Aperture of the lens worthy of all praise (f/2.0-f/3.0) (moreover, its multiplicity is 4x), and the range of available apertures pretty wide – f/2.0, f/2.2, f/2.5, f/2.8, f/3.0, f / 3.2, f/3.5, f/4.0, f/4.5, f/5.0, f/5.6, f/6.3, f/7.1, f/8.0. However, for a large depth of field when shooting at short distances does not put a value of the order f/11 – of course, with appropriate lighting.

Speed ??Focusing of the lens is quite high, the accuracy of “targeting” is not much to complain about – in very rare cases, the subject is blurred, with a clear background.

Decorative ring around the shaft of the lens hides BNC connector, which you can install a threaded adapter tubusny 58 mm. To remove the decorative ring (as well as tubusny adapter when it is no longer needed), press the locking button on the bottom left of the lens. Equipped with a threaded adapter tubusnogo side is flush with the “muzzle” the movable part of the lens, which when you turn on / turn off the camera moves inside the resulting “tunnel.” Among the proposed by Canon nozzles (the photographer can use any color filters and lenses with 58mm thread that will go with the camera) should be mentioned tele TC-DC-58N, extending” focal length 1.75X times, and “shorten” it in 0.7X once wide-angle lens WC-DC-58N.

In addition to the lens attachments, tubusny adapter allows the installation of flares – Ring MR-14EX, or equipped with two transmitters MT-24EX. Both of these devices are intended for macro and connected via TTL-shoe.” For the same kind of shooting Canon has a lens 250D, which allows you to capture images from a distance of 5 cm

Finally, when shooting on a sunny day on the BNC connector, the user can set the lens hood LH-DC30.

The flash is located in the upper right corner of the front panel – it is removed from the optical axis of the lens and due to this chance to get a shot with “red eyes” is small. The design of the radiator is preserved since the PowerShot G3 – the narrow tube is stretched wide.

Flash enough to illuminate objects deleted at the 5 m (wide view lens) or 4 m (telephoto), it is possible to adjust the length of the light pulse (range of + / – 2 EV in 1/3 EV, where EV – ekspochislo) . If the “range” integrated pulsed light source is not enough, located on the top panel TTL-shoe” you can install an external flash.

Optional illuminator can be used in manual and automatic modes, and if it is included in the list of supported models (Canon Speedlite 220EX, 420EX, 550EX and 580EX), then its luminosity will be managed by the camera itself in the TTL-mode.

Like most digital cameras, Canon, when shooting in incandescent light PowerShot G6 generates a frame, much “warmer” than the images produced by cameras from other manufacturers. This particular camera, the user should get used to.

When taking indoor shots of people the best results were obtained by adjusting the duration of the flash pulse. The recommended value is correct – 2 EV, where EV – ekspochislo.

To the left of the flash on the front panel PowerShot G6 is “pupil” telescopic viewfinder to the left and just below the viewfinder – AF illuminator, allowing automation confidence leads to the sharpness of the lens, even in total darkness. In addition to this problem, the lamp entrusted with the suppression of the effect of “red eye” – the glow lamp is instinctive pupillary photographed people. In addition, the lamp is used for giving a warning signal when taking self-timer.

Under the emitter flash logo to the left of Canon, there are three holes, which is located under the microphone. It provides a record voice memos to still images or “soundtrack” videos.

The main difference from the PowerShot G6 predecessors on the part of the design of the upper panel – the relative position TTL-Shoe” and the character LCD display. The developers of Canon made castling”, interchanging these sites. As a result of the extreme left side of the top panel make room for the three vertically arranged buttons located above the rear panel. The top button is used to control the outbreak (“automatic”, “red-eye reduction,” “Manual Flash”, “Manual Flash with Red-eye reduction,” “off”). The middle button allows you to include self-timer (with pause, 2 or 10 seconds before the shutter), management by remote d / y, as well as continuous shooting mode (at 2 or 1.2 frames per second). The bottom button toggles the shooting metering (spot, center weighted and matrix), when viewing the frame, it allows you to “turn over” the contents of the memory module forward and backward blocks of nine pictures.

To the right of these buttons is a TTL-Shoe” to the right – character LCD display. We can see so much information that the LCD screen in most cases can be turned off to save power. To the right of the LCD display is a button, the indicator illuminates. Among the character displayed on the LCD display data:

metering (spot, matrix, center);

exposure, the duration of the video available, color temperature, the sensitivity, the intensity of the photoelectric effect, the parameters of bracketing;

the diaphragm;

Auto Focus (Spot, mnogozonovy);

flash (on / off);

use a neutral filter;

recording mode (normal / continuous);


the battery charge level;

macro mode;

type of the photoelectric effect;

Self-timer / remote shooting with d / y;

number of possible frames, the error code, the interval between shots when shooting interval;

white balance;

the use of bracketing;

adjustment of the duration of the flash pulse;

the value of exposure compensation, bracketing options, the value of adjusting the duration of the flash pulse.