Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 2665B001
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CNET editors' review
price range: $114.00 - $535.00
- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 03/22/2009
- Released on: 10/15/2008
The good: Speedy performance with solid battery life; articulating LCD; comfortable shooting design; can zoom during movie capture.
The bad: No HD movie capture or raw support; a few annoying design quirks; frustratingly narrow lens aperture at maximum zoom.
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.
PERFECT CAMERA FOR THE SEMI-ADVANCED HOBBYIST!
by Longe23 on November 3, 2008
Pros: 20x zoom is phenomenal. Simple to use. Reasonable price. Unless you're a professional photographer, it's hard to distinguish pictures taken with the SX10 IS and the more expensive dSLRs. (At least I couldn't tell and I 've had them both!)
Cons: The camera is a little heavy, but the 20X Zoom is worth the extra weight.
Summary: This camera is my favorite so far. I started out years ago with the earlier Canon A-line pocket camera and advanced to the Canon S2, S3 and S5 cameras. While ...
Summary: This camera is my favorite so far. I started out years ago with the earlier Canon A-line pocket camera and advanced to the Canon S2, S3 and S5 cameras. While there wasn't much difference between the S2, S3 and S5 in terms of features and ergonomics, the SX10 IS is a great improvement over all. For starters, Canon finally fixed the issue with the camera lens. While it's not perfect, it stays on at least and doesn't pop off constantly like it did on the previous S series. Also, the buttons have been moved to more convenient places around the camera. Of course, the biggest improvement in my eyes is the 20X zoom! While the 12 megapixels are impressive, ( I rarely blow picture up larger than 8x10 anyway), it's the 20X Zoom that makes this camera second to none!! Even at full zoom, the pictures are clear and the colors are accurate. (Albeit, when zooming to 20X, the object can and does appear blurry on the LCD screen, but when downloaded and printed out...this is not the case.) I love the color accent and face detection modes, and the fact that you can zoom in while taking a video. I honestly have no use for my camcorder anymore as the SX10's video mode is THAT good! Battery Life is awesome. Just make sure you have two sets of re-chargable batteries if you use the LCD and the video feature(which you will....often!)Correction: Camera is 10 Megapixel...NOT 12 megapixel...Sorry for the Typo!
I recently bought the newest Canon XSI dSLR and had it for a couple of weeks before selling it on E-bay. I missed my "LCD viewfinder", zoom lens, and video option THAT MUCH!! When I found out that Canon had upgraded the S5 to the SX10, I was thrilled! I bought it as soon as it was released at a reasonable price online and I have not been dissappointed! I have taken many Fall foliage photos and many people have told me they look "professional". As an amateur hobbyist, I mostly use the Auto setting for outdoor photos, and the Program setting for low light situations, but a more advanced photographer would appreciate all the other manual settings, that make Canon the best in the business. I highly recommend this camera for anyone who is looking to expand their horizens, but is not yet confident enough in their abiliy to delve into the world of DSLRs.
Updated on Nov 3, 2008
23 out of 23 users found this user opinion helpful.
Tons of Features
by e_buff on October 29, 2008
Pros: Many exposure settings, fast auto focus, wide variable lens, comfortable to hold, EVF adjustable, swivel LCD screen, 1 fps continious drive, hot shoe, excellent image stabilizer.
Cons: Narrow aperature settings, (F 8.0 yields limited depth of field), Canon says there are no filter threads for user use, lens cap easy to lose, user manual difficult to understand, confusing icons, .MOV video files (more difficult for Windows users).
Summary: After seeing this camera on display in an electronics store, I knew it was a must have camera, and simply paid retail for mine. I'm more used to the ...
Summary: After seeing this camera on display in an electronics store, I knew it was a must have camera, and simply paid retail for mine. I'm more used to the old 35mm film cameras where I could get more creative, but still recommend this camera. I had compared several cameras in store prior to finding this one, and rejected all of them mostly because of the fact that they had blurred view finder images, poor auto focus etc. But this Canon doesn't have any of these troubles. I've shot nearly 1,000 shots with it and it contines to impress me every time. For 99% of us who want something more sophisticated, this is the camera to get! I really enjoy this camera!
11 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
Superb Camera for Non-Expert, Non-Rookie User
by Joel Myron on October 29, 2008
Pros: High Quality Pix, Great from 28 mm to 560 mm. Movie Compression and Quality Superb.
Cons: None, unless one is trying to get a much more costly camera with different lenses.
Summary: By far the best Megazoom Out there. I own the Powershot 2S IS and one of the 10 optical zoom Panasonics and have used most of the others. This one ...
Summary: By far the best Megazoom Out there. I own the Powershot 2S IS and one of the 10 optical zoom Panasonics and have used most of the others. This one is by far the best.
10 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
I'm very impressed with my SX10 IS.
by oldpaint1421 on January 4, 2009
Pros: The flip-and-twist LCD, Unbelievable Zoom capabilities, "good feel", large number of shooting possibilities, easy to use control buttons. Video excellent quality, and easy to activate. All menus are easy to understand and use.
Cons: Instruction manual poorly illustrated and written. Clip on lens cap will get lost if clipped to the strap without a tether. What a dumb idea. These are the only reasons I didn't give it 5 stars.
Summary: I am a retired professional artist and have used every media available. I now specialize in pencil art and Photoshop. I have migrated to photography as a spin-off of Photoshop. ...
Summary: I am a retired professional artist and have used every media available. I now specialize in pencil art and Photoshop. I have migrated to photography as a spin-off of Photoshop. I discovered combinations of photography and free hand art was a unique way to express my art. I thrive on mental challenges, as a way of remaining "young", so I joined "The Villages Photography Club".
When I saw some of the photos taken by members I realized my little Nikon Coolpix pocket camera would not be suitable, so I went to the store to purchase a large Nikon camera. Expense was not a factor and I expected to spend about $1,000. In fact I thought an SLR would be mandatory to get the kind of quality I was looking for. The salesman told me that for the price I could not get much better quality,than the PowerShot.
The flip-and-twist LCD immediately sold me on the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS. I compared features of every camera not concerned about price and this camera easily won me over. When I discovered it was only $360 I was pleasantly surprised. Now I am an enthusiastic Canon user.
After I temporarily lost my lens cover, because it fell off my strap, I fashioned a lens cover tether by drilling a hole through the cap, attaching a "jewelry-clip on chain, using a cable tie which I fashioned from materials bought at Jo-An Fabrics. A clumsy solution. Canon engineers should have provided a better arrangement. If there was a lens cap made by Canon with a well designed snap-on tether I would buy it.
I have spent many hours the last month learning my camera using the manual, and going to various web sites and buying books. I find that every expression of photography is handled by my PowerShot, and am determined to learn all facets of this fine piece of equipment. Of course I am retired, have two college degrees and have the time to spend pouring over the terrible manual. I wonder how the young first time camera owner can learn how to correctly use this fine camera.
6 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Finally a nice lense for the IS models
by johnTechi on December 23, 2008
Pros: Zooooom.. is incredible. Quick speed zooming in and out.
Cons: Because of the new lens, seems as the camera itself is trying to keep up with
lots of over exposure shots. Speed of shutter kind of lags a bit.
Summary: This is the 3rd model IS camera Ive owned and glad to see they're attempting to do nice upgrades. The lens itself is great with a little wider view ...
Summary: This is the 3rd model IS camera Ive owned and glad to see they're attempting to do nice upgrades. The lens itself is great with a little wider view and the immense zoom lens. Ive read reviews that it has a faster processor but Ive experienced the shutter (even after manually changing) seems to lag a little. I'm always having to adjust for over-exposure and editing my pics.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
by SX10 IS on December 21, 2008
Pros: Huge 20X (28-560mm) Optical Zoom Lens, 10.0 MP (9,980,928 pixels), Accelerometer, Quick Record Button, Custom White Balance, Flip-and-Twist LCD, Face-Detection, comfortable weight, SDHC slot separate from battery compartment
Cons: AA Batteries, poor Auto-Focus on close range, poor Auto White Balance - results in yellowing in videos and photos
Summary: All in all a good buy, but it pays to get lithium AAs. Don't zoom in on close shots - go point blank if you must. If you don'...
Summary: All in all a good buy, but it pays to get lithium AAs. Don't zoom in on close shots - go point blank if you must. If you don't want to set the White Balance, go for "Tungsten" for indoor shots. Don't leave the exposure for too long, because the photo will be reddened. However, I don't regret my buy, and I would recommend this to anyone that is at least at the "hobbyist" level. I would give this a 5/5, but I haven't used it much yet, so it's a 4.5/5.
P.S. Can the guys at CNET make a video of the SX10 IS? CNET Australia and CNET UK already have.
5 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
I love this camera!!!
by Trek4884 on January 4, 2009
Pros: I love the zoom lens, 20x is awesome! I have used Canon Powershots for some time and I love the fact that I have stepped up to a powerful little camera - the SX10!
Cons: My only gripe is that I wish I could date/time stamp my photos like I am used to in the little Powershots! Plus I am not an Apple fan and the movies are recorded in Quicktime versions (.mov) But I download iTunes and the movies do look very good!
Summary: This camera is a an excellent camera for anyone even half way serious about taking photos! Obviously it is not a pocket camera but it rocks! I took some photos ...
Summary: This camera is a an excellent camera for anyone even half way serious about taking photos! Obviously it is not a pocket camera but it rocks! I took some photos of people surfing and I was not even close at all and the photos are amazing!!! Really.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
"almost" the perfect ultrazoom digi-cam
by topspy on January 5, 2009
Pros: - Solid build
- images, range, sensitivity, reaction speed
- lots of settings
- 20X optical zoom
- good video, "zoomable", & w/stereo sound
- vid time limit = mem card size
- Face Detect
- large twist LCD
- flash range
- AA batts
Cons: NO DATE STAMP
backpanel dial (either too sensitive, or not enough)
No starter mem card
Flash not totally auto
hard to use lens hood/cap @ same time
zoom focus slow
Summary: We upgraded from a Canon A95 that we loved and used often (and that was repaired fro FREE under extended/COURTESY warranty by Canon for a failed DiGiC II chip). ...
Summary: We upgraded from a Canon A95 that we loved and used often (and that was repaired fro FREE under extended/COURTESY warranty by Canon for a failed DiGiC II chip). SX10IS blows that ol' workhorse away in terms of image quality, ability to capture an usable image, versatility, and tech/feature improvements (IS, face detection, larger twist LCD, 20x optical zoom, better/longer video). The A95 is more "portable/almost-pocketable" and we'll keep it as our backup. The SX10IS will now become our workhorse, albeit a bit bulkier/heavier...can't get away with an unobtrusive "smallish" camera pouch any more and have to use a medium-sized bag now.Clarification re vid time limit......specs say 45min, but that is determined by the memory card capacity as the limiting factor.
Canon...PLEASE redesign the idiotic lens cap (I bought an aftermarket lens tether)...and the handgrip (I bought an aftermarket handgrip loop)...and the button/control ergonomics...and the User's Manual. I had to ask a local Ritz Camera shop for help in figuring out the size for the filterlens adapter ring.....52mm
Canon... although the lens hood accessory is a nice gesture, I think a starter memory card would have been a nicer gimme and much more useful. I bought some 4GB SDHC cards and a SDHC reader device from Costco.
Canon... KEEP using the twist LCD design!! It is one of the primary features I look for in mid-size digi-cams. Prior to our circa 2004 A95, we had a circa 2000 Sony DSC-S50 that also has a twist LCD. Sony stopped using that design and along with their idiotic/proprietary/$$$$$ memory card format, we stopped shopping Sony digi-cams.
Canon (and others)...PLEASE STOP with the idiotic megapixel wars....especially for consumer-level cams. It is getting to be overkill and the larger the megapixel sizes the LARGER the file sizes. It is becoming unmanageable. Yes, I know I can use lower quality settings to reduce the file size (or use compression software), but that's like driving a Ferrari in rush hour traffic....why bother??
This is "almost" the perfect ultrazoom digital camera. I hope the SX20 or whatever the successor is called next year improves the usability factors....and maybe I'd upgrade again if there are significant improvements.
Updated on Jan 5, 2009
Updated on Jun 26, 2009I recently (Jun2009) purchased a filter kit from Wal-Mart (Targus $20). Includes adapter rings to enable use with 58-55-52mm threads. Includes UV filter + Polarizer. Only thing it is missing for a "basic" filter kit is a bag/pouch/case. :-(
And the SX10is lens uses **52mm** threads. The 58mm adapters do not work from this Targus kit. Perhaps others might have different results.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great camera for the price.
by retyrdgadgetguy on November 28, 2008
Pros: Great pictures. True vivid colors. Easy to use menu. Solid construction. Feels like a much more expensive camera.
Cons: Sometimes autofocus has difficulty focusing under dim lighting. Other than this, Ican not find anything else wrong or that I dislike about the Canon Powershot SX10IS
Summary: I would highly recommend this camera.
Summary: I would highly recommend this camera.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great for basic and semi advacned users
by cpacman1975 on April 13, 2009
Pros: Amazing Zoom, great features, ease of use, great battery life,
Cons: not so great pictures at higher (+400) ISO
no raw format (if you really think you need it)
Summary: I did alot of research before buying this camera. I am NOT dissapointed, it does everything I want it to do. I was almost thinking about a DSLR, but didn'...
Summary: I did alot of research before buying this camera. I am NOT dissapointed, it does everything I want it to do. I was almost thinking about a DSLR, but didn't want to invest in the lenses, or take on the hassle of not having a point and shoot. I haven't found a situation where I have been unhappy with this camera yet.
The auto mode does almost everything flawlessly, and the manual mode give all the control you need. By far the best camera i have owned
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 2665B001
- Description: Whether the action is fast or slow, close up or far away, you'll always get the shot you want with the PowerShot SX10 IS. This camera puts you on the cutting edge of advanced technology, with an incredibly powerful 20x optical zoom, 10-megapixel resolution, and DIGIC 4 image processor for high-performance face and motion detection. The PowerShot SX10 IS is equipped with a 20x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 5.0-100mm that allows you to shoot any scene from wide-angle to telephoto. The camera uses a VCM (Voice Coil Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control. Focal length is conveniently indicated on the lens barrel. The lens is optimized to fully exploit its zoom length and wide shooting angle in concert with the camera's high 10.0-megapixel resolution. UD glass effectively suppresses chromatic aberration, while enhanced negative refractive power ensures that distortion at the wide-angle is also corrected. Further aberration is controlled with the inclusion of a double-sided aspherical glass-molded lens and ultra-high refraction index lens. The SX10 IS is equipped with Canon's acclaimed optical image stabilizer technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake - one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you'll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon's optical image stabilizer technology is convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Resolution 10 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 10,300,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 10,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
- Optical Zoom 20 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- AE/AF Control FlexiZone
- Digital Video Format H.264
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 1600,
ISO 3200 (2Mpix),
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Color accent,
- Special Effects Vivid Blue,
Black & White,
Darker Skin Tone,
Lighter Skin Tone,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
Fluorescent light (warm white),
- Max Shutter Speed 1/3200 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/3 EV step
- Type 20 x x Zoom lens - 5 mm - 100 mm - F/2.8-5.7
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 28 - 560 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 19.7 in
- Macro Focus Range 0 in - 19.7 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 11 groups / 13 elements
- Features Aspherical lens,
Ultrasonic Motor (USM),
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Flash Modes Rear curtain sync,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features Flash +/- compensation,
- Effective Flash Range 1.6 ft - 17 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 1.4 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Flash Terminal Hot shoe
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Display brightness control,
In-camera red-eye fix,
Resizing an image,
Cropping an image,
16:9 widescreen mode,
Exif Print support,
RGB primary color filter,
Motion Detection Technology,
Digital noise reduction,
Camera orientation detection,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type LCD
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.44 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 235,000 pixels
- Type 2.5 in LCD display
- Display Features Rotating
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output
- Software Canon ZoomBrowser EX,
Drivers & Utilities,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support Apple Mac OS X 10.4 or later,
MS Windows XP SP2,
MS Windows Vista
- Peripheral Devices XGA monitor,
- System Requirements Details Windows XP SP2 - Pentium - 500 MHz - 256 MB,
Windows Vista - Pentium - 1.3 GHz - 512 MB,
MacOS X 10.4 - PowerPC G4 - 256 MB,
MacOS X 10.5 - PowerPC G4 - 512 MB
- Included Accessories USB cable,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery AA
- Supported Battery 4 x AA Alkaline battery ( Included ),
4 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( Optional )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
- Internal Storage None
- Image Storage JPEG 3648 x 2736,
JPEG 2816 x 2112,
JPEG 2272 x 1704,
JPEG 1600 x 1200,
JPEG 640 x 480,
JPEG 3648 x 2048
- Video Capture H.264 - 640 x 480,
H.264 - 320 x 240
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.9 in
- Depth 3.4 in
- Height 3.5 in
- Weight 1.2 lbs
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 10 - 90%
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.