Canon PowerShot SX10 IS reviews and prices: Hybrid camera

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9.0 out of 10 based on 45 reviews.
Canon PowerShot SX10 IS: 10 MP (Megapixels), 20x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital Hybrid camera. See full product description

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Adrian, Edinburgh. Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Best camera Ive ever owned. photos are superb, fully loaded with features Very fast to focus, locks on focus.and doesnt hunt. sturdy build. Huge zoom range, well built,. and its a Canon.
Why buy a DSLR !
Bad points:
No screw thread on the end of the lens for fitting filters ect, but a quick search on the web sorted that.
No internal memory, buts thats no problem either. Instruction book is a bit of a "read".
On the whole nothing to grumble about.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Jul 2009

Nel, Hemel Hempstead Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
This was a replacement for the SX110 and is packed with features which can, at first be a little overwhelming. If you're used to the Canon menu system already, you'll love this camera as it extends on it and makes it very customizable. I particularly love the pop-out LCD display which can be udjusted to just about any angle so that you can always cue up the perfect shot.

The zoom is enormous - 20x optical with a virtually silent motor which makes it great for video recording. It can then be extended further by the digital system which has some intelligence built-in to avoid heavily pixelated shots.

For those who are not photographic maestros, the standard point & shot modes produce excellent results with little or no effort. Intelligent face recognition that follows your face, multi AF settings galore, the list goes on and on. The colours it produces are vibrant and realistic and in low light it does a decent job even at long focal lengths. If you're brave, you can set this baby into full manual and configure everything to your heart's content. I think the best mode is 'Program mode'. You can also attach a standard flash beam or additional lenses/filters. This camera is almost SLR quality but for digital camera money. Have I mentioned it does wide-screen photos too?
Bad points:
This camera is not small, it's much bigger and heavier than my previous camera the SX110 and a lot of that bulk is consumed by the gargantuan lens and zoon function. It can be held easily in the average hand but you will normaly need 2 hands for taking shots. You will need a proper camera bag - don't be tempted to try and fit this in a handbag! The stated batttery life in my experience is nowhere near 340 shots, it nearer to 250 but maybe that was becasue I was playing so much with the features and the zoom. The viewfinder, although it has manual focus adjustment is not very good against the competition.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Aug 2009

Peter, Newbury

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Takes great pictures. Rich colours, not washed out like many digital cameras
Flexible to use - can use in a fully manual mode or in automatic mode. Good selection of creative presets
Smaller than a digital SLR but can use in a similar fashion except cannot swap lenses
Has a picture stitch facility - good for landscapes
Has hot shoe for flash
Bad points:
Does not have screw thread for attaching lens filters. That said, it is actually possible to snap fit 52mm filters in - I have a Jessops UV filter attached. I guess if filters are repeatedly fitted and removed the plastic grooves (that do look like screw threads) will eventually wear and not hold a filter.

In automatic mode, if the flash is required, the flash has to be manually raised.

Lens cap clips in but does not have an attachment lead to the camera body - so it is easy to loose! I bought a stick on lead but inevitably it didn't last long and I now need to order a new lens cap!

Shame Cannon didn't spot these simple flaws -spoils an otherwise great camera
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 20 Aug 2009

Brian, Portlaoise, Ireland Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Terrific Camera....The super zoom with image stablisation is great. I like the bigger feel of the camera and this suits me. With a little knowledge, you can achieve almost anything that you want
Bad points:
If you are inclined to use auto setting only, you may be disappointed. I find myself using the program mode and + 2/3 exposure as I find auto pictures a bit dark.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Aug 2009

Jean-Michel, Paris (France)

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Egonomics (for those who are familiar with Canon products).
Vari-angle screen.
Zoom amplitude.
Decent low ISO image quality.
All round camera.
Low price.
Bad points:
Scroll wheel almost unusable.
Bad high ISO image quality, counterpart of the small sensor.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 6.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 Sep 2009

Yiannis, Plymouth Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Well made and easy to use on auto. Fantastic lens and fantastic anti shake feature. Good stereo sound. Feels good in the hand. My best camera so far.
Bad points:
The lens cap is easily lost. The menus are a bit confusing (or is it the manual).
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Aug 2009

Chris, IOW Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I bought this as an update for the SX1IS as I had found this to be a great camera but it has sadly gone wrong. The update to 20X optical zoome is amazing. I find the camera easy to use as separate dials/buttons do different things rather than having to trawl through a menu on a single control. It feels sturdy in the hands and makes photography comparable to my old film SLR but with the bonus that you don;t have to worry about wasting film.
Bad points:
Haven't found any as yet
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Aug 2009

Product Features

Camera Type Hybrid
Resolution (Pixels) 3648x2736
Optical zoom ratio 20
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format MMC Card
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 560
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/3200
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 88.3x124x86.9
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.8-5.7
Release date 38266
Height in mm 8.8
Width in mm 124
Depth in mm 8.7
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 560
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: Powershot SX10 IS, Canon PSSX10IS, Canon PowerShot SX10

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Manufacturer's Description

The PowerShot SX10 IS features a 20x wide-angle zoom with optical Image Stabilizer, for great telephoto performance. DIGIC 4 ensures fast, high-quality imaging, while full manual mode offers creative control.


  • 20x wide-angle optical zoom, optical IS
  • 10.0 Megapixels
  • DIGIC 4
  • Advanced Face Detection and anti-blur
  • Full manual control
  • 2.5 wide vari-angle LCD
  • Multi Control Dial and My Menu
  • i-Contrast
  • Movies with stereo sound
  • EX Speedlite flash compatible

Exceptional zoom. Total control.

Super zoom
The powerful 20x wide-angle (28mm, f/2.8) optical zoom provides outstanding telephoto reach and composition flexibility. With Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM), zooming is fast, accurate and near-silent, while Canons renowned optical Image Stabilizer technology counteracts camera shake.

High resolution
A 10.0 Megapixel sensor captures minute detail for superb large-scale prints or extending creative cropping options.

Incorporating the latest in image processing technology, DIGIC 4 delivers extraordinary noise reduction. The result is richly detailed, cleaner images, even when shooting at high ISO speeds. DIGIC 4 also drives exceptional processing speeds and responsive operation.

Face Detection Technology
Great people shots and movies are made easy with the latest Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB technology, which even detects distant or partially-visible faces. Face Select & Track optimises settings for a chosen person, while FaceSelf-Timer waits for you to enter the frame for great self-portraits or group shots.

The PowerShot SX10 IS combats potential blur with High ISO Auto and Motion Detection Technology, which ascertains movement of both camera and subject to set the optimum ISO, whatever the shooting situation. Servo AF tracks moving subjects to ensure they remain in focus.

Creative control
Alongside a range of modes to make shooting tricky situations easier, the PowerShot SX10 IS also offers full manual mode to give you complete creative control.

Large vari-angle LCD
The 2.5" high-resolution vari-angle LCD makes framing and playback equally easy. Night Display mode enhances screen visibility in low light.

Easy access
An easy-to-use Multi Control Dial provides fast, convenient and accurate access to menu items, functions and images. Customise the menu system with My Menu for rapid access to the functions you use most.

Optimum contrast
Working in both shooting and playback, i-Contrast boosts brightness in dark areas. The result is improved contrast with detail retained in tricky lighting conditions.

Movies with stereo sound
Create long, high quality 30fps VGA movie clips with CD quality stereo sound. Accurate auto focus and exposure is maintained even with moving subjects.

Speedlite compatible
For extended shooting options and better light coverage, the PowerShot SX10 IS is compatible with Canons EX Speedlite flash range.

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