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Canon PowerShot SD10 Review

Review Date: Dec 22, 2003

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH - Black colour

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JeansPocket Certified: Easily fits in the front pocket of a pair of jeans

Executive Summary

This Canon PowerShot SD10 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Living Arts Centre: 1/500 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto
Living Arts Centre
6.4mm, Auto, Evaluative, 1/500 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto

Simple Elegance. The Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH is one of the smallest Digital ELPH Canon has put out and is elegantly designed. Beneath its sleek and ultra compact size are big features: 4 megapixels resolution, F2.8 maximum aperture, 15-1/1,500 sec. shutter speed range, low-light focus-assist illuminator, Super Macro at 3cm (1.2 in.), and 3 min. of 320x240 QuickTime AVI movies with sound. More importantly, the PowerShot SD10 follows in that "point-and-shoot with big image quality in an attractive body design" tradition the Digital ELPHs are famous for.

Compared to a credit card, the PowerShot SD10 is just as wide (90.3 mm / 3.56 in.) but not quite as high (47.0 mm / 1.85 in.). It is 18.5 mm / 0.73 in. thin, and qualifies as being JeansPocket™ Certified. There is no viewfinder and the 1.5 in. LCD is quite good at 78,000 pixels resolution. Surprisingly, you can even display a histogram when reviewing captured images. Battery life is excellent.

The PowerShot SD10 has no optical zoom (only 5.7x digital zoom), and uses SecureDigital (SD) memory card instead of the CompactFlash (CF) card Canon digital cameras normally use. It will mostly be used as a point-and-shoot camera in Auto mode, though for those who desire it, there is a (limited) Manual mode that allows selection of White Balance, ISO, Photo Effect, and Light Metering Mode. There are also three scene modes: Long Shutter, Macro, and Stitch Assist (horizontal aspect only).

The PowerShot SD10 is PictBridge-compatible and therefore allows direct printing to a PictBridge-compatible printer. There is also an all-weather case (AW-DC10) for bad weather photography.

I found it easy to carry the PowerShot SD10 anywhere in my pocket, and wisk it out for a quick snapshot. No need to think exposure, set the flash on, or adjust exposure compensation. Simply point-and-shoot with great image quality -- outdoors and indoors. Start up time is fast and there is no appreciable shutter lag. The AF focus-assist illuminator works quite well in low light and flash shots indoors expose well.

With its point-and-shoot ease of use, ultra-compact pocketable size, elegant design, fast response times, and Canon image quality, the PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH is a camera you can confidently carry anywhere for any occasion.

See if you fit the Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH User Profile below:

Canon PowerShot SD10
User Profile
Desire a quality 4+ MP resolution point-and-shoot digital camera capable of producing prints of up to 11x14 in.
Want an ultra compact, JeansPocket™ Certified digital camera (shirt pocket, small fashion purse, jeans pocket).
Able to hold a small camera steady and gentle with shutter release.
Like the WOW! Factor: this camera makes a fashion statement and will be as well (or even better) elegantly dressed than you'd ever be at formal dress occasions.
Want a camera that performs well outdoors as well as indoors, with point-and-shoot simplicity.
Do not need more exposure flexibility and are quite happy with the limitations of a point-and-shoot.

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