Canon PowerShot SD10 Review
Date: Dec 22, 2003
Canon PowerShot SD10 Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
6.4mm, Auto, Evaluative, 1/500 sec., F2.8 and
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.
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
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).
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
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.
if you fit the Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital
ELPH User Profile below:
||Desire a quality 4+ MP
resolution point-and-shoot digital camera
capable of producing prints of up to
||Want an ultra compact,
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
||Do not need more exposure
flexibility and are quite happy with
the limitations of a point-and-shoot.