Canon PowerShot G10

Last update (09 December’11):
- Review by PhotoCrati
- News: Canon G10 Service Notice

Canon PowerShot G10 is the successor of PowerShot G9 features 14.7 Megapixels CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm), DIGIC 4 for better Face Detection, capability to shoot RAW just like a DSLR camera, ISO 80-1600, and a 3.0-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle. The camera measures 4.30 x 3.06 x 1.81 in./109.1 x 77.7 x 45.9mm and weighs Approx. 12.3 oz./350g. The PowerShot G10 is available from October 2008

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot G10 Reviews

PhotoCrati reviews the Canon PowerShot G10 and writes;
“Buy it. It’s easy to carry and will always come in handy. Besides, there’s nothing better out there in this genre–at the moment, at least.”
Rating: N/A

SteveHuffs reviews the Canon PowerShot G10 and writes;
“the Canon G10 makes a GREAT all around camera and even an alternative to those big bulky DSLR’s. Hang this G10 around your neck and you will not only take great images, you will also look the part. The classic style and feel will make you fall in love with it..”
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OutbackPhoto compares the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7 / ZS3 to Canon G10 and writes;
“We like the results from both cameras very much. If the ZS3 would allow RAW and more manual control it would come close to the camera we are looking for. The main issue with the G10 is just size and weight…. If you look for a smaller pocketable camera the ZS3 could be your choice.”
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PCW reviews the Canon PowerShot G10 and writes;
“Pros: Superbly detailed shots; range of manual features; sturdy design. Cons: Chromatic aberrations visible in some shots; drop in optical zoom compared with G9. Overall: A serious digital compact that will appeal to those looking for high-quality images and a good range of features”
Rating: ★★★★★

PhographyReview reviews the Canon PowerShot G10 and writes;
“Overall I could be more pleased but not by much. The G10 ticks off just about everything I could want or need in the camera’s operational specifications sheet, yet, using those specifications are a complete joy. The G10 does a very good job at not getting into a photographers way.”
Rating: ★★★★½

LetsGoDigital reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot G10 is recommendable without doubt, although you have to keep in mind that it is not applicable everywhere like a popular DSLR camera would be.”
Rating: ★★★★½

RegHardware reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“the G10 is handy for shooting paint as it dries, but useless for taking a series of fast-action shots. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
Pros: Great image quality. Awesome architecture and build. Full gamut of features. Cons: Image quality fell a few inches short of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. Canon should have capped the PowerShot G10 at 10-megapixels. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon PowerShot G10 and writes;
“A close look at the Canon G10′s images makes it clear that the Canon G10 meets the enthusiast’s standard. We’ve used no finer digicam and it easily earns a Dave’s Pick.”
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PCWorld reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“Overall, the Canon PowerShot G10 was a pleasure to use, but I wish the company had focused more on noise control instead of just cramming in more megapixels. I loved carrying this sturdy camera around and I appreciated its highly useful dials, but for the money you can easily find better overall performers.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic LX3 and writes;
“. If you are one who isn’t quite ready to jump into the dSLR world, but wants one of the most powerful and easy to use digicams on the market, look no further. With excellent image quality, speedy performance, loads of exposure options and manual controls.. I have no problem giving the Canon PowerShot G10 a very high recommendation. “
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GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“The G10 is compact but it packs plenty of manual features and is ideal for an enthusiast who doesn’t want to lug around a D-SLR. We found it to be very well-suited to low-light photography and macro shots, but it will perform well in any situation. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“It is beaten on picture quality and portability by the smaller, lighter and slightly cheaper Panasonic LX3…. It’s still an impressive camera and can produce excellent results, especially in Raw mode ”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“I am struggling to think of a more impressive compact digital camera than the Powershot G10. It is simply the best. Yes the price tag is high, but you pay for great picture quality, build quality and set of features. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

Adorama reviews the Panasonic LX3 and writes;
“Where the Canon PowerShot G10 really excels is sheer image quality, and here its performance can only be described as awesome—noticeably better than the G9 (which is very good indeed) and far better than other digital cameras of comparable size and price.”
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CNET reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“The good: Functional and fun shooting design; great enthusiast-oriented feature set; very nice photo quality The bad: Should be a little faster shot to shot. The bottom line: The Canon PowerShot G10 is a solid enthusiast digital camera for those who want something compact to complement a dSLR.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
Highs: Versatile wide-angle zoom; terrific shots in good lighting; great feel and ergonomics. Lows: Expensive; relatively slow; video should be higher quality; noise above ISO 400 ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TheOnlinePhotographer reviews the Panasonic LX3 and writes;
“So while Canon’s Powershot G10 may not be the ultimate imaginable single-lens camera it’s certainly doing its part to close in on that goal. And, contrary to my October remarks, in the final analysis I did find the G10′s incremental improvements over the G9 to be worth the investment.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“Being much smaller and less conspicuous than a DSLR, the G10 is a great little camera for candid and street photography. With the default settings, it is quiet enough not to be noticed and you can adjust the volume of the start-up and shutter sounds – or even turn them off completely – if you want completely noise-free operation. ”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“Photographs taken with ISO 80 to ISO 400 were very much usable, with slow incremental digital artifacts that were remnants from the work of the noise-reducing algorithm. We found pictures snapped at ISO 100 to be the most pleasant and natural-looking. At ISO 80, the image was a bit soft, and from ISO 200, we detected some grittiness in the picture… ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“G10 remains a superb compact camera. It’s built like a brick yet comfortable to use, boasts full manual control along with a flash hotshoe and RAW recording, has an excellent looking screen, a flexible zoom range with wide angle capabilities and decent stabilisation, and the potential to deliver images packed with detail – again so long as you stick to the lowest sensitivities and largest apertures.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“We love the Canon Powershot G10: it looks and feels like a serious camera should, yet makes operation easy with a selection of controls that aren’t as intimidating as they may initially appear. The Nikon P6000 adds GPS and wireless connectivity to similar specs, while the Ricoh GX200 is smaller and cheaper. But both would have to go some way to beat the Canon’s image quality.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ByThom compares the Panasonic LX3 VS Nikon P6000 VS Canon G10 and writes;
“If you need pixels, you need the Canon, hands down. If you need the fast, wide, defect-free lens, you need the Panasonic. You don’t need the Coolpix…. For my mark, the Canon comes the closest for my types of use, though the Panasonic provides capabilities that I sometimes need and stays in the bag, too. The Nikon will get sold off and I’ll go back to waiting for Nikon to design a decent compact.”
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ePhotozine reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“ISO80 is lovely with sharp detail on the petals. This detail doesn’t leave but problems have started to leak through at ISO200. To be fair, this is at full size enlargement and for me, the image doesn’t become unbearable until ISO1600 anyway. While ISO800 has the purple blobs in the shadow area and a distinct loss of detail in the petals, it’s not threatening enough to worry over..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog compares the Canon G10 to Nikon P6000 and writes;
” The Nikon Coolpix P6000 is a good camera, but the Canon PowerShot G10 is better – it’s as simple as that. In terms of both features and handling, the G10 has the edge, and it was invariably the camera that I reached for first…it’s easy to declare the Canon PowerShot G10 as the winner of our first head to head review.”
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DCR reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“The bottom line in our opinion is that in spite of some minor imperfections, the latest PowerShot G camera proves to be a very well rounded package. In short, even in the face of high expectations, Canon delivered the goods with its latest flagship PowerShot.”
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KenRockwell reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“I’d buy a Canon G10 and use it for landscapes, travel, nature and the weird stuff I shoot instead of dragging along an SLR. Even if I was carrying an SLR, I’d rather grab a G10 than change lenses on an SLR. The G10 is that good.”
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LuminousLandscape compares the Canon G10 to Nikon P6000 and writes;
” The P6000 holds up well against the Panasonic LX-3, with both of them being similarly sized. The G10 is quite a bit heavier and bulkier, with the trade-off being its higher image quality, better build, and superior features over the P6000, such as a multi-frame raw buffer and live histogram.”
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KenRockwell compares the Canon G10 vs Nikon D40 and writes;
“The G10 is great for taking out of a big pocket for shooting nature and landscapes, but it’s too darn slow for anything that moves… ”
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PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“The G10 is undoubtedly the best ever Canon G-Series camera, and is a serious alternative to both an entry-level DSLR and other similar compacts (most notably the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and the Nikon Coolpix P6000). It ultimately fails to gain our whole-hearted recommendation, however, principally because of the noisy images at slow ISO speeds”
Rating: ★★★★½

LuminousLandscape compares the Canon G10 vs Hasselblad H2 and Phase One P45+ back and writes;
“though on prints up to 13X19″ differences are almost impossible to see, on-screen at 100% one can fairly easily tell which files are from the G10. There are artifacts visible at the micro detail level and one can easily see other hints of what one is paying for.”
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60hzproductions compares the Panasonic LX3 VS Canon G10 and writes;
“The detail coming from this 14.7MP sensor really is quite remarkable. I was surprised…. Either of these cameras would be an EXCELLENT choice for those wishing to buy a compact that can produce excellent results. Really, you can’t go wrong with either”
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TheOnlinePhotographer reviews the Canon G10 and writes;
“Canon has now demonstrated that a small camera with a small sensor can provide the ergonomics, speed, flexibility, and image quality that would please most serious photographers.”
Rating: N/A

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Canon PowerShot G10 Firmwares

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Canon PowerShot G10 Press Release

Canon today announces its new flagship PowerShot compact digital camera: the PowerShot G10. Replacing the PowerShot G9, the PowerShot G10 is the first G-series camera to offer wide-angle imaging via a 5x (28mm) zoom with optical Image Stabilizer. The addition of a 14.7 Megapixel sensor and Canon’s new DIGIC 4 image processor ensures exacting image quality.

High quality, wide angle lens
With a 5x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom lens, the PowerShot G10 combines outstanding wide-angle capabilities – making it perfect for landscapes, architecture or interiors – with the telephoto reach needed for flexible composition. Sharp, blur-free shots throughout the zoom range are assured by Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer, which offers enhanced performance via a 4-stop advantage.

14.7 Megapixel resolution with RAW
A 14.7 Megapixel CCD sensor – the highest resolution of any PowerShot model – works in combination with Canon’s new DIGIC 4 processor, for uncompromising images that combine high detail with extremely low noise levels. Such outstanding detail allows printing in sizes of up to A2, or creative cropping in post-processing.

For the ultimate in post-processing control, the PowerShot G10 includes a RAW shooting mode – plus support for Canon Digital Photo Professional software, for integration into professional photographers’ workflows.

DIGIC 4 for exceptional images

Canon’s new DIGIC 4 image processor uses improved algorithms and calculation accuracy, allowing the PowerShot G10 to deliver two major advantages: ultra-fast operation, and rich, low-noise images with outstanding clarity and colour reproduction.

DIGIC 4 also powers several intelligent onboard features. Canon’s new i-Contrast feature increases the dynamic range in images to bring out previously unnoticed detail in dark areas, like shadows – without blowing out lighter areas.

Canon’s anti-blur solution combats blur caused by camera shake and subject motion using a range of technologies: optical Image Stabilizer, Motion Detection Technology and Auto ISO Shift, plus new Servo AF – which, when engaged, continually adjusts focus on a subject moving towards or away from the camera.

Designed for more
With a range-leading resolution of 461k dots, a large 3.0” PureColor LCD II allows easy framing and ultra-detailed review of every shot; this is complemented by improved colour rendition and an exceptionally wide viewing angle. For immediate, fingertip access to key settings, the PowerShot G10 includes a new dedicated Exposure Compensation dial and dual ISO/shooting mode dial.

Complete accessory system
A comprehensive accessory system now includes support for Canon’s Macro Ring Lite and Macro Twin Lite, which offer powerful new possibilities for close-up shots and other creative photography. New compatibility with the Remote Switch RS60-E3 allows easy shutter release when shooting with a tripod.

“Like no other compact camera, the PowerShot G10 delivers the power to excel,” commented Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “It will appeal not only to photo enthusiasts, but also to professionals seeking a powerful, compact addition to their kitbag.”

Pricing & Availability
The PowerShot G10 is available from October priced at £499.99 / €649.99 inc VAT

Features at a glance
- 14.7 Megapixel CCD sensor
- 5x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer
- RAW image recording plus support for Canon Digital Photo Professional
- DIGIC 4 for clear, sharp images, high-speed AF (including Servo AF) and fast response times
- Targets all the main causes of blur with High ISO Auto, optical
- Image Stabilizer, Motion Detection Technology and Auto ISO shift
- Great people shots with improved Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB plus
- Face Select & Track and FaceSelf-Timer
- 3.0” PureColor LCD II (461k dots resolution) with wide viewing angle and optical viewfinder
- i-Contrast boosts brightness and retains detail in dark areas
- Dedicated Exposure Compensation and ISO dials
- 26 shooting modes with manual control and custom settings
- Accessories include tele-converter, Speedlite flashes and waterproof case
- Smooth, 30fps VGA movies

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