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CanonPowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 175 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (149)
  • Easy to use (124)
  • Large clear LCD (119)
  • Simple controls (115)
  • Easy to setup (99)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (20)
  • Short battery life (13)
  • Bad lens cap (11)
  • Long lag time (9)
  • Complicated controls (7)

Best Uses

  • Travel (132)
  • Family photos (126)
  • Fun (120)
  • Art (40)
  • Photojournalism (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (94), Casual photographer (48), Semi-pro photographer (31)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Upgrade from a S5?

Here are my impressions after two weeks of using the Canon SX10 IS. I have previously been using the S5 and bought this chiefly for its 28mm equivalent lens.

A couple of...Read complete review

Here are my impressions after two weeks of using the Canon SX10 IS. I have previously been using the S5 and bought this chiefly for its 28mm equivalent lens.

A couple of words about my background, intended use and expectations. I am a medium and large format film photographer, mainly taking cityscapes and such. My work can be viewed at contax.narod.ru. So much for a shameless plug, which I don’t really need as I only shoot for my own pleasure, not commercially.

I’m not using the Canon as a main camera producing the final picture, but rather as a pre-visualization tool before I lug out my tripod and backpack. Much easier to stroll with just a P&S in a pocket looking for prospective locations and taking “draft shots” to be reviewed later. Sort of a picture-saving pocket viewfinder and lens selector.

Canon S-line had no competition in my decision-making process due to its articulating LCD screen. There is no other camera so versatile in selecting most any shooting point, be that from the very ground or overhead, vertical or horizontal frame. I assume the reader is familiar with the basic operation and layout of the S5, as I’ll be mainly reviewing the differences between it and the new model.

Chiefly, the differences are – 28mm lens which extends and retracts as you zoom in and out, constantly changing in physical length, and the new interface layout.

Bad things first. The new layout seems to be made mostly for the looks. Let’s make fewer buttons and arrange them nicely. Looks fine, but in use can be rather awkward and counter-intuitive.

The power button is at about the same place on top where it was on the S5 and is handy to operate with a thumb. It’s now on/off only, and by default the camera powers up in the picture-taking mode.

There is a set of three buttons on the top-right at the rear of the camera, about where the joystick on the S5 was. They are: “Camera/ Player” toggle (on the S5 this was a lever around the power button), “Plus-Minus” button (what used to be the “joystick up” on the S5) and “Frame selector” (same as “Set” on the S5).

There is now a larger four-sided joystick with rotary dial around it. Nice idea but about the worst implementation in the whole camera. Sometimes the joystick operation duplicates the functions of the rotary dial, but other times it doesn’t, and canceling the wrongly called function can be frustrating as it wastes time. In the middle of it there is “Func.Set” button, same as “Func.” on the S5.

Examples of operation in Av and M modes.

In Av (Aperture Priority) mode, you rotate the dial to set the aperture. If you rotate it too slowly, nothing happens. You can make a full turn and it changes nothing. If rotating too fast, you risk skipping the aperture setting you need. Why this should be, is completely beyond me. Takes quite some time before you get used to it somewhat. Still have to always keep this “speed limit” in mind.

To set exposure compensation, you have to first press the Plus-Minus button, then use the rotary dial. Plus-Minus is the middle of the three buttons on the top-right of the camera. I had to constantly “search” for it, as it is easy to mistakenly press another button and switch the camera into player mode, for instance. They could have made it stick out more or something. It’s about right under you thumb if you hold the camera “normally”, that is right up in front of your face, but with the articulating LCD screen it is not the most frequent position. As for me, I often hold it at waist level with the screen facing up to me. Among other virtues, such position helps to stabilize the camera at slow speeds, braced against my body. Besides, my “other camera” is a Rolleiflex :-)

Now that the Plus-Minus button is pressed, the rotary dial sets exposure compensation. But for some reason – not in real time! You have to wait a little before the image on the screen darkens or lightens according to the compensation set. So you have to go in steps: set 1/3 under – wait – see how it looks – no, let’s set 2/3 under – wait – see how it looks, instead of adjusting it continuously, as it was on the S5 where the screen responded immediately to the joystick left/ right clicks. Add to that the “speed limit” of the rotary dial, and it can get pretty tricky at first, almost as a cell phone game.

Now that you’re done with exposure compensation, you have to again find and press the Plus-Minus button on the top right. You can shoot right away, too, but the rotary dial keeps setting the exposure compensation until the Plus-Minus button is pressed.

In M (Manual) mode, the rotary dial selects shutter speed. To change the aperture, you again have to find and press the Plus-Minus button, then use the rotary dial. On the screen, there is a pair of little green arrows around the parameter the rotary dial is set to change, which is a nice and informative prompt. Still, on the S5 it was less fussy: joystick left-right changed the shutter speed, up-down – aperture (or vice versa, can’t remember now). No need to search for some other button, it’s one-finger operation and your thumb doesn’t have to fly all over the camera, hitting and missing. Same applies to setting the exposure correction in Av mode, by the way.

Unlike the exposure compensation in Av mode, the screen brightens and darkens immediately according to the changes made by the rotary dial to the shutter speed or aperture, which leaves me puzzled why the delay needs be in the Av mode.

I don’t use other shooting modes much, except the C (Custom) where you can store the pre-set zoom setting.

From the procedure above, it is clear that the Plus-Minus button acts as a switch, calling the necessary function, and the dial as selector, adjusting the value of that function. Being that Plus-Minus is thus the “main button”, so often pressed first to change anything, why not place it in the middle of the dial?! Instead, the middle button is “Func.Set” (same as “Func.” on the S5), which I only use to change the white balance or flash exposure, not often at all.

If I were asked :-), I’d just switch places between the Plus-Minus and Func.Set buttons. Actually, as they are buttons, there must be wires coming to them inside the camera, so unsoldering them and re-soldering should be possible. I’d not undertake it myself but if there happens to be an independent company doing this modification, I’ll pay money for it. To hell with warranty. I would consider it a “fix” to the lame design. (I could of course be too naive here, expecting prehistoric “wires” inside. Maybe them buttons sit right on the printed circuit board).

Some more little frustrating discoveries that were made in the process of getting used to the new camera.

When the camera is powered up, in whatever mode, the screen is cluttered with information on about all and every setting that is currently on, and on top of it there is a hint: “Plus-Minus – Change settings”. Now, during the first several days I quite welcomed this hint (admittedly, mostly needed due to idiotic placement of the Plus-Minus button), but later I would like it turned off, as it gets in the way. Can’t do. Whatever display mode is set, all this information comes up at every power up and stays there for about six seconds, you almost can’t see the picture behind all these letters, numbers and symbols. Gets on my nerves. They’d better leave the choice to me as a user, instead of assuming I am more of an idiot than I think I am.

There is now a bayonet mount for the hood on the front of the lens, and a tulip-shaped hood comes as a standard accessory, which is easy to mount blindly, by feel, in either normal or reversed position for storage, thanks to the two-lugs bayonet. Nice! But there’s always something to spoil the fun. There is no filter thread. Supposedly on account of the retracting lens being too fragile to take any attachment. But as it takes a hood, it surely wouldn’t break under a filter! I would first and foremost need a polarizer. Inside the lens rim there are grooves that look like they are filter thread about 52mm, but the standard 52mm filter doesn’t fit.

OK, so the S5 had no filter thread either, but there the lens didn’t change in physical length and I had a tube adapter with threads on it. Not possible on the SX10.

Articulating LCD screen alone targets this camera at the “creative amateurs” crowd, rather than just happy family weekend snappers and Moms-with-a-camera. Creative amateurs use filters. The two go together like bread and butter, so this is a serious omission even from the marketing standpoint, I think.

The barrel distortion at the wide end (28mm) is enormous. There is no other word for it. But then again, I’m comparing to medium and large format lenses, and I’ve seen huge distortion being reckoned as “well corrected” in digital P&S reviews, so I won’t complain much, especially given my intended use. One can always “fix it in Photoshop” of course.

Now on to some nice things, the camera is not all failures.

It sits in my hand better than the S5. A little “handier” to hold.
The high ISO performance has been improved a bit. Not by much, mind it – there is no way around a small sensor. Darned photons. But with S5, I couldn’t use ISO 400, it looked fair on the camera’s screen, but on computer monitor there was as much noise as to kill the tone completely. Now ISO 400 is “fair”.
Image stabilization – either incrementally better than the S5, or the same. Didn’t make any tests, just based on everyday use.

Whatever I didn’t mention, is either something I never use, or it remains the same as it was on the S5. Oh, yes: now you can take out the memory card separately from the batteries. Have no idea why this is important but remember it being mentioned in someone’s wishlist of improvements to the S5. As for me, I don’t care about this at all.
And, of course, it’s 10 Mp vs. 8 of the S5. I am the first to tell you this :-)

So, in a nutshell, here are the changes I’d welcome:

1. Put the Plus-Minus button in the center of the joystick/ rotary dial.
2. Move the Camera/ Player toggle button altogether to the left of the camera, right next to the “Shortcut” button.
3. Place the “Frame selector” button on the top right, under the thumb.
4. Place the “Func.Set” button below it, or, better yet, on the bottom right, next to “Disp.” and “Menu” buttons.
5. Get rid of the screen delays when setting exposure compensation.
6. Get rid of the “speed limit” of the rotary dial.
7. Get rid of the extra screen info on power up. Let it show just as much as I set in the “Display” menus.
8. Make a filter thread, for God’s sake! If I break the camera by attaching something insanely heavy to the lens, let it be my own problem and fault. Can print it in bold letters over the instruction manual cover.

If it seems I’m asking for too much, the S5 almost had it all. One thing it didn’t have was the 28mm equivalent lens. If anyone likes the interface of the S5 and is window-shopping for the S10 just because of the lens, as I did, I’d seriously consider just using an optical conversion adapter.

I grumbled much, but my rating is just one star short of perfect due to the functional idiocy of the nice and tidy layout. But that’s because there is an S5 to compare. Had there been none, it would be just a nice camera with its own quirks. It still is, and I will keep getting used to it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Missing Key Features in its class

In a past life I used to be a pro photographer. We're talking the era Nikon F1's and 100 lbs of lenses and pushing Tri-X to 1200 then over-developing the hell out of...Read complete review

In a past life I used to be a pro photographer. We're talking the era Nikon F1's and 100 lbs of lenses and pushing Tri-X to 1200 then over-developing the hell out of it with D76 until the grain looked like something from an Uncle Ben's rice commercial. Now I'm looking for a pair of good APS cameras I can use to photograph my High School kids during sports and recreational activities, lots of high quality (potentially salable) travel photos, and the occasional paid party gig.

It seems to me that camera manufacturers purposefully cripple their APS cameras to more protect lucrative DSLR models. The SX10 IS is a good example. Here's a great APS with an amazing lens that suffers from too small of an image sensor. This makes the camera just fall short of being able to produce satisfactory photos of indoor sports in High School gyms without flash.

Next, how does a company justify manufacturing a lens of this quality and not put threads on it so you can add a protective UV filter, a polarizer or ND filters? Would it cost an extra fifty cents for some filter threads? Sure, I can JAM a 52mm filter on if I had to, but what about long-term protection of the front lens element?

And why can't we have a control wheel at ready fingertip level, instead of having to adjust our grip on camera (and lose our composition) when we decide to change exposure? After all, this control ability is why we pay extra for APS cameras, right?

As for the lack of a leash for the lens cap, shame on Canon for not including what has become a de facto standard item.

You need to ultimately decide if these issues are important to you. If you predominantly use auto or program mode and seldom adjust exposures, than my comments regarding the controls will not apply to you. Likewise if you don't ever use filters or don't care about indoor, natural light capability.

Eliminate these complaints and the SX10 IS is a fantastic camera at a great price that only needs you to add a stick-on lens cap leash and a couple sets of high-capacity batteries to be on your way!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great camera!

By christi

from Lake Charles, LA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Controls
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Fun
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

    The best feature about this camera is that no matter what mode your camera is in, it can go instantly to movie mode. There is one button on the back that you press to start and stop recording. None of the flipping the mode dial here and forgetting what mode you are in. It's instant and it's great!

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    4.0

    This is a awesome camera I love it!!!

    By Robbie

    from Minto, ND

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Fun
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

      Used it on my trip to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe pictures turned out great!!!

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      4.0

      powershot s10is

      By hodges

      from monticello ga

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy to Keep Clean
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Poor Operation in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Fun
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

      I use my camera for everything I love Taking pictuers and making memories. I love the zoom on this camera it is great. I have not found anything yet that I don;t like about the camera.

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      4.0

      Good all around point & shoot

      By Gospel Ken

      from Hendersonville NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright LCD
      • Comfortable Controls
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Doesnt accept filters
      • Manual somewhat confusing

      Best Uses

      • good all around

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

      Use for all around photography when I don't want to carry my DSLR and all it's necessary accessories.

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      4.0

      Great pictures in a bulky pack

      By Aric

      from Israel

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

      Main use for family photos, indoors & outdoor,
      The upside: Great picture quality, colors come out clearly , excellent battery life, menu use is pretty much strait forward and intuitive.
      The down side: the camera is a bit bulky, causes me to think twice before taking it with me whenever we go somewhere.

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      5.0

      Fantastic camera for the price

      By countrygirl

      from Evansville, IN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Controls
      • Easy Setup
      • Easy to Keep Clean
      • Easy To Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Art
        • Fun
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

        I have taken fantastic pictures at concerts.
        The zoom enables you to get up close and personal with stars.

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        4.0

        Just what I was looking for!

        By Wayne

        from Upstate New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Controls
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Operating manual

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • wildlife

        Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

        Great Auto pickup and shoot for my wife. X20 telephoto with manual control of shooting speed, aperture and focus for my needs. Viewfinder. Operating manual leaves something to be desired.

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        4.0

        a bit complicated for novice users

        By Great River Greening

        from St. Paul , MN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Complicated for beginners

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

          Purchased this for our non-profit organization to use at events. Personally, I love it - as do many others. But people who aren't very technically oriented or without much camera experience are overwhelmed with the buttons and dials.
          Hopefully they will be easy to train :-)

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          4.0

          Reasonable price for a great camera

          By Udi

          from Santa Barbara, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Comfortable Controls
          • Easy Setup
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great zoom
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Fun
            • Photojournalism
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

            I've just got the camera 3 weeks ago and can say that I'm very pleased with it. As soon as I got it, I went on a trip to Yosemite and was extremely happy with the results I got. I would say that its biggest advantage is the zoom. When you're out on a trip you never know what you're going to be photographing. With this camera you can shoot it all- wide angle shots of scenery and a zoom shot on a bird that just happened to fly by. Like other cameras of this series, it is easy to use and intuitive. However, I would still strongly recommend to read the manual in order to take full advantage of it.
            The only thing the bothers me a little is its relatively big size. I was fully aware of it when I got it and I don't mind it that much. It's just something you have to take into consideration.

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            5.0

            I would buy this camera again.

            By Ruthann

            from Canton, Michigan

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Bright LCD
            • Comfortable Controls
            • Easy Setup
            • Easy to Keep Clean
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Fun

              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

              I was looking for a camera that is easy to understand. I also was looking for certain features. I take lots of pictures and I wanted to be able to download them with ease as well. If something is too complicated then you are not going to use it. This camera has met all of my specifications. It is easy and it was affordable. I would recommend this camera to anyone. You do not need to be so advanced in picture taking to enjoy it.

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              4.0

              Very satisfied, closest to DSLR

              By Bun in the Oven

              from Peekskill, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Comfortable Controls
              • Easy Setup
              • Easy To Use
              • Great in low light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Fun
              • Photojournalism
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

              Pregnant with first child and wanted a camera to capture all the upcoming moments.

              20x zoom is teriffic, I was able to get some great shots of nature and animals in motion as well as at sporting events.

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              5.0

              Best camera I ever bought

              By Bump

              from Courtland, Al

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Comfortable Controls
              • Easy Setup
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

                I purchased the SX10 IS just before going on vacation. I didn't have much time to learn all the features but found it very easy to use with professional results. One of my friends thought I should go into photography. I told them it wasn't me... it's the camera. Now they own one too.

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                5.0

                Nice camera!

                By felipe

                from New Brinswick - NJ

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bright LCD
                • Comfortable Controls
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fun
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

                  I'm not a pro, but this camera take great pictures, at least for my needs!

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                  4.0

                  Pretty impressive megazoom

                  By bdb

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

                    The 20x optical zoom with image stabilization was a big step up for me compared to 4x with no stabilization since I like to take photos of mountains and wildlife. The 80x total zoom after combining with digital zoom was much better than I expected, at least in a bright outdoors setting. I've obtained some nice sharp pictures throughout the zoom range, even without a tripod for exposures as long as a second. Terrestrial scintillation often seems to be more limiting than the camera itself for use in the city.

                    I am overall very happy to own this camera, but there are some minor issues that may be important to some. Like others, the untethered lens cap makes me a bit nervous. For outdoor scenes, I often felt the auto settings were a bit overexposed, but luckily, I found the manual controls pretty easy. Manual focus seemed to change on me sometimes (for example, I'd focus to infinity to take a shot of the moon, but then I'd find it one step short of infinity with the moon out of focus). The grip with the right hand feels pretty secure, but sometimes I find myself accidentally hitting some buttons near the top of the back with my right thumb when reaching for the mode dial because of the layout. One of my bigger disappointments was with color accuracy having some nice purple flowers show up as blue. Personally, I find these issues acceptable given the overall image quality I can get and the lower price tag compared to DSLRs.

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                    5.0

                    Very versatile camera

                    By El Paisano

                    from All over Texas and Arkansas

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Controls
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Investigations
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

                      I needed a camera that takes all kinds of pictures. I take wildlife photos, sunsets and sunrises, and general snapshot phtots for fun and family. I also use the camera in my work taking anything from wide angle photos of accident scenes to very close-up, detailed photos of fracture surfaces of very small parts. I have to travel so I don't need bulk and tons of space- consuming attachments.
                      I read all of the reviews and finally decided on the SX10IS. I took the time to read the manual and experiment with the camera. With some practice I found that I can take very sharp pictures in many different conditions. From super macro to 20X, from bright sunlight to almost complete darkness. I have been very impressed. I am not a camera snob. I am a camera user and this camera fills the bill for me.

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                      5.0

                      Love it!

                      By M

                      from Cherry Hill, NJ

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy Setup
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

                        as easy to use as the smaller canon power shot models, but much more zoom power. also not that heavy.

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                        5.0

                        Canon SX 10

                        By WeRTHY

                        from Great Bend Ks

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Bright LCD
                        • Comfortable Controls
                        • Easy Setup
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great in low light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Art
                          • Family Photos
                          • Fun
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

                          I am not a expert, thats why I bought this camera. It offers full manual controls to teach me about the use of the features before I spend alot on a SLR. Pictures in macro are fantastic as well as normal shooting. I have been using it for wildlife and am very immpressed compared to my old A410. The lense cap was bound to be lost so I attached a string to keep it in place, somthing Canon should just do themselves.

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                          5.0

                          I would buy this camera again and again

                          By toros abahuni

                          from istanbul

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Bright LCD
                          • Comfortable Controls
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Art
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

                            has a very good lens ,
                            macro tele and wide angle offers a smart features

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                            5.0

                            This is One Incredible Camera!

                            By A 3-D KINDA GUY

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

                            The SX10 Is one truly amazing camera. The picture quality is outstanding and the video quality at the highest resolution is wonderful. The versatility of this camera blows my mind. I've been shooting photos for over forty years and feel quite confident with photographic terms like aperture, depth of field, white balance, etc. Nevertheless, many of the numerous features on this camera required playing around and studying the manual to fully understand their function and when best to use them.

                            When I first got the camera, I shot lots of photos on the auto setting, and am very impressed with the camera's built-in capability to capture a variety of subjects and scenes with well-exposed images. The camera's 10-megapixel resolution allows me to crop generously and still achieve very crisp 8 x 10 images. The 28 - 560 mm zoom is fast and quiet and the image stabilization works well for me even when the zoom is fully extended!

                            The camera feels solid and is well constructed, with easy access to all the control buttons. I have big hands and particularly like the grip on the right hand side, which makes the camera a pleasure to use and carry. The vari-angle LCD display, which allows formerly awkward photos to be taken comfortably, is my favorite aspect of this camera. And being able to turn the LCD display so that you can take quick self-portraits, or flip it completely around the other way so it is protected is fantastic.

                            Now that I understand the capabilities of my SX10, I am using the many features packed inside this small and incredibly versatile camera to create unique photos. I highly recommend this camera!!

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                            5.0

                            Excellent cameral for the money

                            By Charan

                            from CA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Controls
                            • Easy Setup
                            • Great Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
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                              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera:

                              It is really a value for money. I am very happy with it. Very easy to use. Video mode switching is very easy. There are many features unexplored but like to tell you that what ever I have tried, it is simply amazing.

                              Only one suggestion on the improvement is that the LCD can be a bit bigger.

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