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Canon Powershot Sx10is 10mp Digital Camera With 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

canon powershot sx10is 10mp digital camera with 20x wide angle optical image stabilized zoom

Canon Powershot SX10IS 10MP Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • MovieSnap mode lets you capture high-resolution still images while shooting a movie
  • 20x optical zoom, wide-angle lens and Optical Image Stabilizer , improved speed and quiet zooming
  • 10.0-megapixel resolution for high-quality printing and flexibility when editing
  • 2.5-inch Vari-angle LCD and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves Face Detection
  • 10.0-megapixel resolution for high-quality printing and flexibility when editing
  • 20x optical zoom, wide-angle lens and Optical Image Stabilizer; improved speed and quiet zooming

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Brand : Canon
Category : Electronics,Camera & Photo,Digital Cameras,Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Rating : 4.1
Review Count : 549

Canon Powershot SX10IS 10MP Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

  • This is a second update. It comes after several months working with an SX10 IS.SHORT LISTPros:Excellent resolutionVery good noise controlImage edge and corner sharpnessLess than average color fringingTrue wide angle and phenomenal telephotoiContrast for highlight/shadowVari-angle LCDFocus frame size adjustmentBrightness, contrast, sharpness and color settingsGreat movie mode with stereo soundHot shoeLens hoodCons:Slow f5.7 maximum aperture beyond 100mmTendency to overexpose (though this can be an advantage--see below)Low light autofocus issuesMinor lens distortions and color fringing at either end of zoomTedious control dialLCD hard to see in bright outdoor lightZoom sounds audible in moviesIN DEPTHA semi-pro photographer with 30+ years\' shooting experience, I am respectful yet rigorously demanding of my photo equipment. I push parameters, often absurdly so, but the SX10 doesn\'t seem to mind it one bit. For its price point, features and class, this is a stellar offering, and I highly recommend it.The camera is solidly built and, although hefty for a point-and-shoot, feels well balanced in the hand. Controls are intuitively placed and easy to find with your fingers--no need to take your eye off the LCD or viewfinder when you\'ve become acquainted with their positions.Performance is excellent in all but low light, where autofocus and shutter lag are sometimes at issue. The camera powers on and is ready to shoot very quickly. Image recording time is swift, especially with a Class 6 card, and in reasonable lighting focus is both swift and accurate. Resolution is superb; image stabilization is best in class. And the sheer zoom range--wow!Point-and-shoot capability is great. Open the box, install batteries and memory card, and fire away. It\'s so easy, kids can do it. And given a little time and tinkering, in its creative modes the camera really shows its chops.In this review, you\'ll see several references to existing-light photography. It\'s my personal preference; I only use flash when I must. So I\'ve spent a lot of time working out the angles for that sort of shooting. What you won\'t see is anything more than a cursory remark about action photography. It\'s not something I\'ve used this camera for just yet.In this model Canon addresses several issues inherent in the \"S\" series--most notably noise and dynamic range. Though still noisy at ISO 800, about half the images I\'ve shot at that setting have been okay for prints, and nearly all are very good at ISO 400. Pictures taken between ISOs 80 and 200 are clean and excellent. Noise reduction at higher ISOs does degrade saturation and details a bit (more noticeable at the longer end of the zoom, especially in low-contrast lighting) but not enough to abandon the higher sensitivities altogether.Both edge and corner sharpness are very good at anything but widest angle and full zoom, and even here sharpness is much improved over the S5 at ANY focal length. In truth, no zoom lens of such wide range has edge-to-edge sharpness at its focal extremes.Color fringe is a mixed bag. Depends somewhat on the focal length, ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Overall, fringing is not that bothersome. At both the widest angle and full telephoto ends you\'ll see some colored edges, most noticeably in areas of high contrast. Bumping the zoom lever once or twice makes all the difference.Some barrel distortion occurs at the wide end as well, though not too bad. It\'s only noticeable where there are obvious vertical or horizontal lines (again, a bump or two of zoom, and lines strighten right up). These issues can of course be corrected in most photo editing programs, although not in Zoombrowser EX, the camera\'s supplied software.Achieving focus in certain lighting can be iffy and sometimes fails. Changing the focus frame size will usually remedy this. When it doesn\'t, manual focus feature comes to the rescue. Fortunately this feature is improved in the SX10. The autofocus issue seems linked to extremes in contrast, whether low or high, rather than actual light available. Low contrast, low light situations present the most difficulty, but a couple of times my copy has struggled and failed in high-contrast, intense lighting, too. Lowering the ISO helped.If you prefer existing light photos and stay at ISO 400 and under, at focal lengths beyond 100mm you\'ll need to reduce shutter speeds due to narrowing apertures, and action shots get tricky. For stationary subjects, though, the camera can be hand-held at speeds as low as 1/6 sec to produce sharp images without flash--phenomenal. This works best with image stabilization set to single shot rather than continuous.It IS a good idea to carry a mini-tripod or monopod. The SX10 tends some toward overexposure, though, which works to your benefit; an increase in shutter speed not only balances exposure but also results in fewer blurry hand-held shots. So, although it\'s a good idea to have one handy, the tripod probably won\'t be needed too terribly often.The camera\'s built-in flash is quite good to about 17 feet. There\'s also a hot shoe for dedicated external flash; and with flash employed, the playing field broadens significantly. I\'ve not yet encountered a situation where I couldn\'t get a picture when working with flash. A few times manual focus has been necessary, but by golly, I got the shot!That big lens does zoom--boy, does it ever! Furthermore, digitally zoomed images are surprisingly detailed. Image stabilization is so effective that in good lighting sharp, hand-held shots are VERY doable at maximum magnification--a whopping 80X. The hardest thing about shooting at that length is just keeping the subject in your viewfinder!Canon\'s vari-angle LCD is thoroughly spoiling--it cooks. There have been many times when I simply wouldn\'t have gotten a keeper without it. An articulating LCD not only offers the flexibility to shoot no-hassle self portraits, overhead, ground-level and other awkward-angle pictures, but it also gives an extra measure of stability in composing your pictures. Just fold out and tilt the LCD and hold the camera close to your body with your elbows tucked in. It\'s a much steadier stance than the traditional arms-out, eye-level method. Makes for some good stealth photography, as well as opening up new perspectives (think children and pets). And it\'s a real boon for tight spots and macro work. My only quibble about the LCD is how difficult it is to see in bright sunlight. (Fortunately, the electronic viewfinder is excellent, so you can shoot, no matter what.)I really appreciate the ability to reduce the focus frame for capturing little details (it\'s nice to have a camera that \"knows,\" for instance, that you\'re going for the antennae of a moth and not its entire body). Better yet, you can zero in on the eye as the sharpest point in the frame, making for stand-out people, bird, wildlife and pet photos. Pictures are so much more arresting with this capability.About iContrast: while dynamic range does increase some, it\'s not a magic wand. With it turned off this camera does pretty well (though not d-SLR well) at highlight and shadow details. At least in my copy, pictures shot with iContrast are sometimes processed with a dull, gray-blue cast that no color or white balance setting offsets. So I keep iContrast disabled during shooting, unless the lighting is pretty extreme (the user guide suggests this approach). I\'ve found iContrast of greater benefit, editing images in Review mode. Colors are more vibrant this way; the pics don\'t get that gray-blue cast.SX10 pictures are not as contrasty as those from Canon\'s previous ultrazooms, especially at longer focal lengths. This is not a design flaw--you now have the option to adjust contrast as a custom function. It\'s found in My Colors. Options for adjusting sharpness, saturation and skin tones--as well as red, green and blue channels, are available there, too.Often pictures lacking in contrast are simply the result of overexposure. If you\'re using one of the camera\'s built-in My Color settings, in average to bright light exposure compensation frequently helps, adding vibrance to your images and upping highlight details. The exposure compensation button makes this easy. On the other hand, photos captured in overcast and other low-contrast lighting conditions nearly always lack contrast, regardless of how you adjust exposure or which iContrast setting you\'re using. I personally don\'t mind this, as contrast can always be boosted in post-editing.Even if you\'re a seasoned photographer, I can\'t stress enough: READ THE USER GUIDE even if you\'ve owned one of Canon\'s previous superzooms. While the SX10 is very similar to its predecessors, there are also some big differences. When I got mine, I didn\'t actually look at the guide for almost a week; until I did, I grew steadily more disappointed. And just knew that Canon had lost their marbles.If you\'re a full-auto kinda person, you\'ll probably love the camera without reading through the whole manual--that is, until you make your first movie. If you haven\'t read the advanced instructions for video capture, here\'s where you\'ll probably encounter dissatisfaction. Be sure and read the advanced guide for movies on pages 87-90 (English version). For instance, you can lock the focus--very nice--no more fading in and out. But the thing I think you\'ll really want to know about is a way to brighten movies when zooming. (More on that in a bit.)It\'s when you move beyond point-and-shoot into the creative zones that an in-depth look at the advanced guide gets essential. The good stuff is in there all right, just waiting to be tapped, but you\'d practically have to be psychic to know how to work it. It\'s not a hard camera to control, but some of its features and the procedures for using them aren\'t exactly transparent. You\'re paying for a pretty amazing, feature-rich camera. Instead of bashin\' or smashin\' the darn thing, do yourself and the SX10 both a favor. Read up on how to use it. It\'s well nigh impossible to get the best from it til you do.In its auto modes, the camera selects ISO, aperture and shutter speeds which almost always work very well, although you may occasionally bring home noisier images than you\'d like, and the white balance can sometimes be just a tad off. It also means employing the flash indoors fairly often, so if you prefer point-and-shoot, existing light photography you really may want to consider a different camera.About Movie mode, in my estimation the only down side is the lens noise it records--an audible clacking sound during zoom. In every other respect, movies are outstanding. Before I bought the camera I had read user complaints about dark videos, and that concerned me. Sure enough, when I got the camera and gave it a whirl, my movies were just bogus beyond the 100mm tele mark.Then I read the advanced guide--duh. And found that Canon has made provision for the lens\'s narrowing aperture as you zoom in. When you notice the image growing dim, you can increase the exposure--during recording! It\'s very easy--a press of the exposure compensation button and a twirl of the control dial is all it takes. Works like a charm. And that\'s not the only new enhancement (earlier I mentioned focus lock). Before beginning a movie, you can also set preferences for white balance and color. With stereo sound, volume adjustment, a wind filter and such enormous focal reach, the Movie mode is a great addition to an already magnificent camera--why, it\'s just gravy.If anything ever fails on my copy, it\'ll probably be the control dial. Learning to use it was pretty trying. The dial is thin and slippery, and the mount is too shallow, almost flush with the FUNC/SET button it surrounds. The knurls on the dial are barely palpable and provide little traction. Worse, the dial tends to slip while it\'s turning. Applying enough pressure to engage it can inadvertently change the ISO setting or switch the camera to Manual Focus or Macro mode. My touch has improved with time and practice, but it took way too long to get the knack, and it\'s still not surefire. The thing\'s just plain tetchy!Despite its idiosyncracies, I\'m very glad the control dial is there. The SX10 is a camera that offers many adjustment options for making the very most of its incredible abilities.If the dial were more easily engaged, and the zoom were silent during video capture, this camera would earn my resounding five-star rating. It probably deserves one anyway. If I didn\'t use the creative modes almost exclusively, the control dial wouldn\'t be such a bother. And if I weren\'t so persnickety, the lens sounds in video probably wouldn\'t be an issue, either. The dial needs improvement, though. Because this camera falls in the \"advanced\" category, aimed at the photo enthusiast/advanced photographer, and because it is one of the most-used and important features for that kind of shooting, I can\'t rationalize away its mediocre design and just love the dial anyway. Canon simply MUST improve on future iterations of their SX cameras, and I expect they will!
  • I\'ve owned each new version of this camera since the Powershot S2IS. For me this is a worthwhile upgrade over the prior version, the S5IS.I\'ll start by saying that I am not a digital camera \"power user\". I just want good quality photos without a lot of hassle. This camera provides that, yet also provides a lot of room for growth with plenty of custom settings that I can use if I want to learn how to use them in the future (for example, aperture priority).Pros:- In initial testing, the face detection technology seems to work well. I can take a self portrait now and the lighting comes out very good. I think the technology has gone from buzzword marketing to true usefulness.- One side benefit of the face detection technology is that it enables the camera to intelligently take red-eye out of pictures without using the red-eye reduction lamp.- The flip-out and rotating viewfinder has always and continues to set this camera apart from its peers from other companies. It allows for less intrusive candid photos and has many other advantages.- Thankfully, the SD card door is separate from the battery door as it was with the S3IS. Thank you Canon! There are times that I just want to take a few pictures, and now I don\'t have to open the battery door to take the SD card out and put in my PC\'s card reader.- Low battery warning. I think this is the first version to have that and it\'s very welcome.- 28mm -- I will never get another camera without wide angle built in. I have the Canon Elph 880IS too, which is a very powerful \"pocketable\" camera that complements this one well.- Sharp 20x zoom. Pictures turn out very good even at high zooms. In an indoor-lit apartment, I can read fairly small print from a photo taken all the way across a room -- it truly is amazing.- The picture quality is better at higher ISO\'s than previous models. Each model improves on this and this one definitely continues that. I haven\'t tried out the \"I-Contrast\" setting (on vs. off) but I can say that in some outdoor pictures that I have taken detail is good in shadow areas.- Finally, a standard lens-cap. It doesn\'t have a tether, but you can buy a cap attachment from a camera store that sticks on the front of the cap. The one that I got has an elastic band that goes around the base of the lens. I also got a better lens cap which can now be done since it\'s standard.- Controls ... I like the new placement of the controls such as dedicated on-off button and display button. I don\'t think I will like the scroll wheel but time will tell. For those not familiar with this camera, there is a dedicated video button so that you can take video quickly without having to mess with the controls.- Weight and shape. I liked the shape of the S5IS a little better. This one seems too \"boxy\" and the grip seems too abrupt. It\'s bigger and heavier but not in a way that matters. It\'s expected with the new lens.The only thing I would have liked to see improved is the size of the rotating display. It\'s usable, but the 3\" one on my pocket SD880IS is much better, and competing cameras offer a larger display. In order to get a larger display though the electronic viewfinder would probably have to be eliminated which is something that many wouldn\'t like. I\'d rather have a larger display.I don\'t know if the compressed movie mode results in less quality because I didn\'t take movies with prior versions of this camera because the file size was larger. I like that videos take up less space now and I will use the video feature of this version.Canon released a camera similar to this with HD video capabilities but it\'s not available, as far as I know, in the U.S. Check the Canon website for more info. if you want to research that.There is not a way to screw filters on this camera as there was with the optional lens adapters available for the S5IS. It seems that Canon could have easily done this by threading the end of the lens but maybe I am missing something. I anticipate that Canon or some other company will come out with an adapter that will allow filters. My main use of filters was simply to protect the lens.I don\'t know if the software is improved because I don\'t use it. If you want date / time stamps on your photos, you need to do it via software.If you like this camera and are interested in a great pocket-sized camera to complement this one, check out the SD880IS. It has many of the same features such as the Digic 4 chip, face detection, wide angle, I-contrast, and in addition it has a beautiful 3\" display.Update 10-26-08- I previously commented that I thought the shape was too boxy\" and the grip \"too abrupt\". After using the camera for a while I have grown to like the shape because it helps keep the camera more steady and helps prevent dropping it. There is a ridge below where the index finger is, and above the other 3 fingers holding the camera. That helps keep a good grip on the camera which makes it steadier while shooting and helps prevent dropping it while carrying it around.

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