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Canon's G2 is a four million pixel model with SLR
handling and a 3x optical zoom. Images can be recorded in RAW TIFF mode or in a
range of JPEG compression modes with a maximum image size of 2272x1704 pixels.
Three autofocus modes are on offer including continuous and single frame shooting, plus three selectable AF points. There are 12 shooting modes including program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, manual, various subject program modes and a stitching mode. A histogram is provided so you can check subject contrast and a shutter speed range of 15-1/1000sec is available. The camera has automatic ISO setting and white balance control but both can be overridden if necessary.
The camera features a vari-angle LCD monitor that twists and swivels to ensure you can view the image from all angles.
Canon say the G2 uses much less power than previous models so that you can take more pictures per battery charge. . Images are stored on CompactFlash and Type II can be used allowing up to 1Gb of storage.
A hot shoe is provided so Speedlite guns can be attached, and accessory lenses can be used to make the 34-102mm lens more versatile.
There's a high speed shooting mode offering up to 2.5fps and a movie mode that records 30 seconds sequences of AVI.
The Powershot G2 will be available from the end of September for around 750. See the full spec in our specifications compared section.