"Powershot G6 allows even picture takers to shoot good photos."3.5 starson by claim
Pros: On screen menus are easy to follow and set up.
Cons: On-off and program switches too easy to accidentally activate.
On screen menus are easy to follow and set up.
Long battery life - recently took over 150 photos, many using flash and on one charge.
Swivel flip screen.
Mute option on sounds.
On-off switch too easy to accidentally activate.
Program control switch too easy to accidentally move.
Obligatory lens cap complaint.
Does not have screw rings for mounting protective lens or filters on main lens.
Red eye reduction could be better.
I should probably preface my comments by saying that I am a picture taker rather than a photographer. I predominately put the camera on Auto and let the camera's system make adjustments for the photos I take. So far, I have not been disappointed with the auto feature as far as my pictures are concerned.
Since I'm only a picture taker, there are obviously many features of the camera I may never use. So my review will mostly list the ergonomics of the camera. It has a nice heavy sturdy feel, the grip that holds the battery gives a good hand hold. The shutter release feels natural under your index finger. The flip screen is bright and clear and is viewable outdoors and allows you to take pictures that are not the typical adult looking down photos...you can get down to your subjects level for that old timey Browning feel. The shutter focus speed has been adequate - more so than my prior camera where the kids or dogs would often leave the photo frame before the shutter clicked. I'm getting face shots of the dog instead of her tail. Yeah.
The cons listed above are not a deal breaker for ownership but a little modification would make the camera a lot more worry free. I've read other reviews that complain that the on/off switch located at the right thumb is too easy to activate. I have found this to be true when putting the camera in the case or simply brushing the camera against my body. The round program switch was designed large to make scrolling the program features easy with slight movement of the thumb, but because the round switch is large, it extends out enough to be moved by placing the camera in it's bag or by being brushed against the body. On several occasions, I had the camera set on auto with 480x600 resolution and found my 32mb flash card full only a few pictures - the program button had gotten moved to a manual setting with full 7 mega pixel resolution photos. They were great, but too large for e-mailing.
Because the lens is a rather large piece of glass and the lens cap does not lock into place, it would be preferred to mount a clear protective lens on the camera, but this can't be done. You can buy attachment filters that mount when the lens protective ring is removed.
The camera strap attachment points are small and pretty much limit you to using the supplied neck strap.
So here is what I have learned in the few weeks I've owned my G6. Pay careful attention when bagging the camera - make sure the camera is not accidentally switched on to prevent jamming the telescoping lens. Before taking pictures, make sure it is set to the program setting that is desired - for me that means making sure it is on auto. And with the swivel flip screen that gives you so many options for framing and taking better pictures, it's hard not to take a decent photo.