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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS


Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS features 10.0MP resolution, a 20x wide-angle optical zoom lens (28–560 mm equiv.) with built-in optical image stabilization, and a large 2.5-inch Variangle LCD (230K dots).

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

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 SX10 IS also has 11 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.

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

The Canon SX10 IS is a versatile ultra zoom camera that can satisfy the photographic needs of the whole family, from the soccer mom to the birding enthusiast. It can be easy-to-use as well as provide the manual freedom and control more advanced photographers demand.


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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot SX10 IS US | CAN | UK | BeBit  
  Type of Camera    
  Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 20x Optical/4x Digital/80x
Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
  Image Sensor    
  Type 10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)  
  Total Pixels Approx. 10.3 Megapixels  
  Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 Megapixels  
  Focal Length 5.0-100mm f/2.8-5.7 (35mm film equivalent: 28-560mm)  
  Max. Aperture f/2.8 (W) - f/5.7 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Focusing Range / Macro

Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (W), 3.3 ft./1m-infinity (T)
Macro: 0.39 in.-1.6 ft./1-50cm (W)
Super macro: 0-3.9 in./0-10cm (W)

  Auto Focus

TTL Autofocus

  Viewfinder & Monitor



TFT color

  LCD Monitor

2.5-inch TFT color vari-angle LCD with wide viewing angle

  LCD Pixels

Approx. 230,000 pixels

  LCD Coverage


  Shutter Speed

15-1/3200 sec. (settable in Tv and M)

  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 13/20
** Metering frame is fixed to the center/linked to AF frame

  Exposure Control Method

Program AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, 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), Custom



  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

  Flash Range

1.0-17.0 ft./30cm-5.2m (W), 3.3-9.2 ft./1.0-2.8m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

  Recycling Time

12 sec. or less (battery voltage=6.0V)

  Flash Exposure Compensation

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

  Shooting Specifications


  Shooting Modes

Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, Indoor, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap), Super Macro, Night Snapshot, 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

Normal: approx. 1.4 fps; AF: approx. 0.7 fps; LV: approx. 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)

  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 (Stereo))

  Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 3,648 x 2,736 (Large), 2,816 x 2,112 (Medium 1), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,648 x 2,048 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 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 Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast;
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume

  Erasing Specifications    
  Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie part of movie, all of movie

  Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

  Video Out


  Audio Out



Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon 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. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x4)
3. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (optional)

  Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 340 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)*
* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

  Playback Time

Approx. 720 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 840 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)

  Included Accessories

- Memory Card
- AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
- Neck Strap NS-DC4
- Lens Hood LH-DC50
- USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

  Dimensions (W x H x D)

124.0 x 88.3 x 86.9mm /
4.88 x 3.48 x 3.42 in.

  Weight (Camera body only)

Approx. 560g / 19.8 oz. (camera body only)

  MSRP US $399.99 / CDN $449.99 / UK £359.99 / €469.99  


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

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