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Canon PowerShot G10


Canon PowerShot G10
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Category: Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot G10 is the flagship of the PowerShot line and features 14.7MP resolution, a 5x wide-angle optical zoom (28-140mm equiv.) lens with optical Image Stabilization, a high resolution 3-in. PureColor LCD II with 461,000 dots, and PASM. Optional accessories include a Remote Switch, Macro Ring Lite and Macro Twin Lite.

The G10 designers went for the "Yurukiri" design concept -- "the sense that a digital camera is for adults, but with something that gives it a lighter, smoother feel, rather than an overly hefty sense of mania." The external design combines toughness as well as compactness. A new design element is the stacking of the ISO Dial on top of the Control Dial, and having a separate Exposure Compensation Dial.

A new Face Detection function allows you to select a face to focus on -- and the camera will follow that face in a certain area even if the person moves. Other Face Detection features include Servo AF, Face Self-Timer, and i-Contrast to automatically people's faces.

Besides full exposure flexibility with Auto, Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Manual modes, the PowerShot G10 also has 17 easy-to-use special Scene Modes that includes the popular Color Accent, where you choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome. You can also shoot in RAW.

Movie can be shot at 640 x 480 pixels @ 30fps for a 1 hour or 4GB clip at one time.

The Canon PowerShot G10 is a compact digital camera for the serious photographer, allowing full exposure flexibility and creative freedom.


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Canon PowerShot G10
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot G10US | CAN | UK | BeBit  
  Type of Camera    
  Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical/4x Digital/20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System  
  Image Sensor    
  Type 14.7 Megapixel, 1/1.7-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)  
  Total Pixels Approx. 15.0 Megapixels  
  Effective Pixels Approx. 14.7 Megapixels  
  Focal Length 6.1-30.5mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm)  
  Max. Aperture f/2.8 (W) - f/4.5 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 5x  
  Focusing Range / Macro

Normal: 50 cm (1.6 ft.)–infinity
Macro: 1–50 cm (W) (0.39 in.–1.6 ft. (W))/30–50 cm (T) (12 in.–1.6 ft. (T))
Manual focus: 1 cm (0.39 in.)–infinity(W)/30 cm (12 in.)–infinity(T)
Sports mode:1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity (W)/2 m (6.6 ft.)–infinity (T)
Kids&Pets: 1 m (3.3 ft.)–infinity

  Auto Focus

TTL Autofocus
AF lock and manual focus are available
AF frame mode: Face Detect*1 *2 /AiAF (9-points)*3 /Center/FlexiZone*3

  • *1 AF frame can be moved and fixed to specified face.
  • *2 If no face is detected, AiAF (9-point) is used.
  • *3 AF frame size can be selected.
  Viewfinder & Monitor



Real-image zoom viewfinder
Picture coverage approx. 77% (representative value)
Eyepoint: 15 mm (0.59 in.)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to + 1.0 m-1 (dpt)

  LCD Monitor

3.0-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle

  LCD Pixels

Approx. 461,000 pixels

  LCD Coverage


  Shutter Speed

1/60–1/4000 sec.
15–1/4000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.

  Exposure Control


  ISO Sensitivity

Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)

  Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center

  Exposure Control Method

Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift

  Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

  White Balance    
  White Balance

Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom1, Custom2



  Built-in Flash

Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro

  Flash Range

12 in.-15 ft./30cm-4.6m (W), 1.6-9.2 ft./50cm-2.8m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

  Recycling Time

10 sec. or less (battery voltage=7.4V)

  Flash Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

  Shooting Specifications


  Shooting Modes

Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, ISO 3200, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie

  Photo Effects

My Colors
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom


Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Self-Timer, Custom

  Wireless Control


  Continuous Shooting

Approx. 1.3 shots/sec.
Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (Continuous Shooting AF)
Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (Continuous Shooting LV)
Under the conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.

  Image Storage Media    
  Storage Media

SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card

  File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1

  Image Compression

Normal, Fine, SuperFine

  JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Monaural))

  Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 4,416 x 3,312 (Large), 3,456 x 2,592 (Medium 1), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 4,416 x 2,480 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes

  Playback Specifications    
  Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, RAW playback, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume

  Erasing Specifications    
  Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, select range, select by date, select by category, select by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie

  Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

  Video Out


  Audio Out



SD Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

  Power Supply


  Power Source

1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-7L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC50 (optional)

  Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 400 shots (NB-7L/LCD on)*, approx. 1,000 shots (NB-7L/LCD off)
* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

  Playback Time

Approx. 600 min. (NB-7L)

  Included Accessories - Memory Card
- Battery Pack NB-2LH
- Battery Charger CB-2LW*9
- AV Cable AVC-DC300
- Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Neck Strap
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 109.1 x 77.7 x 45.9mm /
4.30 x 3.06 x 1.81 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 12.3 oz./350g (camera body only)  
  MSRP US $499.99 / CAN $549.99 / UK £499.99 / €649.99  

All data is based on Canon’s testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

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