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Canon PowerShot SD10 Review

Review Date: Dec 22, 2003

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH - Gold colour
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Image Quality

The Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH is a digital camera targeted to point-and-shoot photographers and its image quality is comparable to other 4 megapixels resolution digital cameras.

For this review, I use the following settings as my preferred settings:

  • Shooting Mode: Auto
  • Metering Mode: Evaluative
  • ISO: Auto
  • Image Size: 2272x1704 (Large)
  • Image Quality: Superfine
  • White Balance: Auto

All the pictures on this and the other pages (including the navigation pictures at the top of each page) have been taken by the PowerShot SD10 for this review. The pictures on this page provide a good sample of what the PowerShot SD10 is capable of and I have provided the 800x600 version. Remember that this version is of slightly lesser quality than the original 2272x1704 version. Please open and download only once to your hard drive -- and save me some precious bandwidth. Thanks!

Clicking on a picture will display the 800x600 version image in a separate window. Leave that separate window up for all the other images will also display in that same separate window.

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School Bus: 1/250 sec., F5.6 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.7 MB)
Playground: 1/160 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 2.5 MB)
Santa's Sleigh: 1/160 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.8 MB)
Pebbles In The Snow: 1/800 sec., F5.6 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.8 MB)
Famous Players: 1/60 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.8 MB)
Sunset: 1/100 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.8 MB)
Premium Gasoline: 1/60 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.4 MB)
Reflections: 1/200 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.5 MB)
Peppers: 1/60 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.7 MB)
Engraving: 1/125 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 1.6 MB)
Fish: 1/60 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto (File size: 2.2 MB)

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A Personal Word

The Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH is very easy to use and produces quality 4MP pictures in Auto mode. It is really a "You Press the shutter, the camera does the rest" proposition with properly exposed pictures even in the most difficult lighting situations -- outdoors and indoors (though be prepared to deal with "red eyes" with flash indoors).

In Playback mode, you can select to view detailed information about your captured images, including a histogram. All you really need to know about using the histogram is on Page 41 of the User Guide: by reviewing the histogram you get instant feedback on whether your image is too dark or too bright. If it is too dark, retake the picture again and give it a positive exposure compensation (say, of +1/3EV); if the histogram says the image is too bright, give it a negative exposure compensation (say, of -1/3EV). [More details in our tutorial on Understanding the Histogram.] This is a nice feature to have and may tilt the balance when more advanced photographers are considering which ultra-compact take-anywhere digital camera to purchase.

The Canon PowerShot SD10 looks extremely good not only on the outside, but it also performs to expected Canon quality. As a point-and-shoot camera, pictures come out consistently good. Advanced amateur photographers looking for an ultra-compact digital camera will appreciate the limited Manual mode as well as the high image quality it provides.

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