Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Last updated (10 December’11):
- Review & Sample Photos @ ImagingResource

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS is an 10.0 megapixel ultrazoom camera features a 20x Optical Zoom (35mm film equivalent: 28-560mm) with Image Stabilization, DIGIC 4, Face Detection, MovieSnap mode lets you capture high-resolution still images while shooting a movie, i-Contrast, EX Speedlite flash compatible, ISO 80-1600, SD/SDHC supports, and a 2.5-inch Vari-angle LCD screen. The camera measures 4.88 x 3.48 x 3.42 in./124.0 x 88.3 x 86.9mm and weighs Approx. 19.8 oz./560g.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Reviews

ImagingResource reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“Though we’re a little disturbed by the luminance noise at ISO 80, it doesn’t show up in prints until about 13×19 inches, and then only if you look closely… if prints are your main unit of measure, you’ll find the Canon SX10 IS a superb image-maker. It’s an easy Dave’s Pick”
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CNET reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“The bottom line: A nice evolution of the megazoom, the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS delivers some improvements over its predecessor and provides an attractive option for megazoom shooters.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

WDC reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“keen photographers will appreciate its creative options, fast performance and superior image quality, and its excellent video capabilities are also very useful. However the lack of Raw mode, less-than-brilliant EVF and hefty price tag will put some people off.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“SX10 IS is a worthy competitor in the super-zoom/prosumer category, and is sure to please those who are in the market for an affordable alternative to a dSLR system.”
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TrustedReviews reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“The PowerShot SX10 IS is an expensive and quite complex camera, and not really suited for the beginner, however in capable hands it is capable of producing excellent results, and has enough creative versatility to do so in a wide range of situations. Build quality, handling, performance and image quality are all up to Canon’s usual high standard. “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“Buy this camera if: You’re looking for a well-built, long-zoom digicam with good wide-angle coverage, plenty of user-adjustable controls and image stabilisation….”
Rating: ★★★★☆

LetsGoDigital reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“The camera does prove itself and delivers sharp pictures with natural colors, all of which with extensive users ease. The dynamic range is of an excellent level and delivers pictures that also show a lot of detail even in full contrast situations.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“Low-light images up to ISO1600 were noise free, enough for us to wonder why Canon didn’t aim higher in terms of sensitivity… Ultimately the SX10’s a good value all-rounder for those who don’t feel they need a camera with interchangeable lenses.”
Rating: ★★★★★

DCRP reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“All things considered, the PowerShot SX10 is a very good super zoom camera, and a worthy successor to the PowerShot S5. Sure, it could do a few things better, but even so, the PowerShot SX10 is one of the best big zoom cameras you can find.”
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InfoSync reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
Pros: Rugged construction, 20x optical zoom, DSLR-like handling and design. Great interface and manual controls. Cons: Limited dynamic range, leading to contrast issues. AA battery system with mediocre battery life. Bulky for beginners on the go. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCR reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“Pros: Good image and color quality, Good shutter and AF performance, Easy to use movie mode, Good build quality, Manual controls. Cons: Noise at ISO 400 and above can impact image quality on some enlarged shots, Telephoto end of lens is slower than competition, Auto WB can’t handle incandescent light.”
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CameraLabs reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“Should you ultimately decide on the Canon SX10 IS though, you won’t be disappointed. It delivers a compelling array of features for the money and easily comes Highly Recommended. Just compare it closely against the FZ28 and have a good think about the SX1 IS.”

Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“the SX10 IS opted for ISO 200 and delivered a sharp noise free image. Results continue commendably up to ISO 800, which is the first instance of noise visibly intruding, though not at ruinous levels.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon SX10 IS and writes;
“Another impressive entry into the mega-zoom market, Canon’s PowerShot SX10 IS captures good if not incredible snaps and offers a huge wide-angle zoom lens along with manual features. It’s a compelling option for more experienced users.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Samples

- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ InfoSync
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ DCR
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ Flickr
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
- Canon SX10 IS Sample Photos: 1,2,3 @ Canon

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Press Release

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced the expansion of the ever-popular ultra-zoom SX-Series, the PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera. The new digital camera features a wide-angle (28 mm – 560 mm) 20x optical zoom lens, an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), Canon’s new DIGIC 4 image processor and a smooth, curved grip that fits in the hand comfortably. This compact camera is capable of capturing long-range shots of soccer field action from the bleachers or sunsets from your hotel balcony easier. Photographers can now quickly zoom in close enough to capture facial expressions and details from far away.

In addition to its ultra-zoom capabilities and new DIGIC 4 image processor, the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera is loaded with a full range of performance and convenient features that camera enthusiasts have come to expect from Canon – 10.0 megapixel resolution, Genuine Canon Face Detection Technology, large 2.5-inch vari-angle LCD screen and MovieSnap mode for capturing high-resolution still images while shooting video.

“The PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera feature set has been enhanced to provide even greater zooming power and creative control, offering the photo enthusiast a compact camera at a price they will appreciate,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “With the ability to shoot in wide-angle, consumers no longer need to choose between getting their loved one or the background in the shot.”

For users whom movie capability is an important consideration, look no further. The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera offers consumers many creative possibilities, including the ability to shoot VGA movies. The PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera can capture individual movies up to one hour or 4GB per clip, all while utilizing the new Voice Coil Motor (VCM), which enables faster focusing speed while reducing focusing noise.

Additionally, the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera comes equipped with 24 shooting modes, ranging from fully automatic to manual, and is easily accessible through an SLR-style mode dial located on top of the camera. While in manual shooting mode, a variety of settings can be selected through the screen, including Program AE, Shutter-speed priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure and Custom mode.

Canon DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor

The newly upgraded DIGIC 4 image processor, a proprietary technology, accounts for the camera’s higher performance levels, including significantly improved signal processing speed and higher image quality.

One of the most important new features made possible by the DIGIC 4 image processor is Servo AF, which is a form of continuous focus tracking for moving subjects. By pressing the shutter button half-way, the camera can track subject movement up to the instant of exposure, resulting in sharper photographs. Additionally, the processor’s high ISO speed noise reduction processing has improved substantially to enable consumers to shoot high-quality images, even in extremely dark situations without the use of a flash. The new Intelligent Contrast Correction function automatically improves image quality in high-contrast shooting situations.

The Genuine Canon Face Detection technology has evolved even further, thanks to DIGIC 4. Improved features include the ability to recognize human faces at most angles. Another innovation is the Face Detection Self-Timer, which automatically takes a photo two seconds after a new face enters the scene.

Availability and Pricing

The Canon Powershot SX10 is currently shipping. The “official” price is $399.99, though it’s currently selling for around $380. The kit contents include four AA Alkaline batteries, a USB interface cable, an AV cable, a neck strap, lens cap, lens hood, Canon’s software suite and a 1-year Canon U.S.A., Inc. limited warranty

See also: Canon | Digital Camera

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