Of all the cameras announced by Canon last week the one we would most likely buy is the Canon Powershot G6.
Naturally we would love an Eos 20D but at $1999 with the nice new image stablized lens it is difficult to justify the price unless we were using the camera daily.
The Canon Powershot G6 however, at $699 (likely to be closer to $650 if you shop around), can do about 80% of what the 20D can at about a third of the price.
Continue reading to see why we like the Canon Powershot G6.
The G6 is available at Amazon.com for $699 with a ship date of September 15th.
A new 7.1 megapixel sensor makes pictures from the Canon Powershot G6 large enough for printing out great photos at 8×10 size and most photos will also come out good at 16×20.
The Canon Powershot G6 is small and light enough to be carried around most of the day (you can’t say the same for the Eos 20D). The G6 is 4.1 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches and 16 ounces, 10% smaller than it’s predessor (the G5).
There is an excellent LCD display on the Canon Powershot G6: 2.0″ in size, and it tilts, twists, and swivels to almost any position.
The 4x optical zoom zoom on the Canon Powershot G6 is more than enough for everyday use.
The Canon Powershot G6 accepts standard Compactflash cards, with 512mb Compactflash cards often around $50 these days and 1gb cards coming close to $100 you can get a lot of storage at a good price.
Battery life on the Canon Powershot G6 is also improved with a new 10.3 watt-hour version of the Canon BP-511 battery.
With the Canon Powershot G6 you would have to work hard to fill up a large memory card or run out of battery power in a day. (battery life is supposed to be 300 shots, in large (3072×2304 pixel) superfine mode you can fit over 300 shots on a 1gb card (and even in the largest RAW storage mode you can fit about 150 shots).
A good set of accessories are included in the Canon Powershot G6 box:
- The 7.1 effective Megapixel Canon PowerShot G6 camera
- 32MB CompactFlash card
- BP-511A lithium-ion battery
- Battery charger
- Wireless remote control
- Lens cap w/retaining strap
- Neck strap
- USB cable
- A/V cable
- CD-ROM featuring Canon Digital Camera Solutions, ArcSoft Camera Suite, and drivers
- Camera manual + software manual (both printed)
The inclusion of a wireless remote control is a big plus point, combined with a mini-tripod it makes it simple to take wobble-free photos or self portraits with the Canon Powershot G6.
The Canon Powershot G6 also has good range of accessories available:
- 0.7x wide angle lens
- 1.75x telephoto lens
- Close up lens
- Converter lens adapter
- Lens hood
- External flash
- Macro ring light
- Macro twin light
- AC adapter
- Car charger cable
Overall, the Canon Powershot G6 is an excellent choice for a high quality camera that you can both point and click and fiddle around with nearly all the settings.