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Canon PowerShot SD10 4 to 5 Megapixel
Submitted by gregg a Casual
Date Reviewed: March 7, 2006
Strengths: 1.) bullit proof - see summary
2.) small size - easy to fit in a pocket, I carry this camera to more places because of it's small size
3.) quality lens - better than my own abilities
4.) easy to use
5.) software is easy to use
Weaknesses: 1.) no optical zoom - but if this is a concern for you, there are other Canon models that will better suit your needs
2.) now outdated! - Canon has newer, better models of this camera for less than I paid for this SD-10 over 2 years ago!
3.) not actually a weakness of the camera, but Canon printing accessories and supplies can be on the pricey side
I got this camera as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago, to replace our previous S200 that we lost on vacation.
Even though this model is two years old, I still get comments about it's size. And of course, the color is still fashionable (I got the bronze color.)
It's a great camera and I am a Canon user for life! My wife dropped this camera while getting out of the car. Fell out of her lap, onto the concrete sidewalk. Which was sloped. And it was raining. Hard.
Long story short, it was fully submerged in a puddle for about 5 seconds. I thought it was toast.
Took the battery out, dried it with a paper towel the best I could, then set it on top of the TV, as I was advised. Two days later, it's dry, but still not working. Give it one more day on top of the TV, and Voila! It works!!
Now, I don't recommend testing YOUR Canon camera in this manner, but even my old S200 took some decent abuse.
I have since bought the All Weather case for this (great price at Amazon) and have used it snorkeling in Hawaii. Even with the AW case, the SD-10 is still small enough to fit in a pocket.
Besides it's durability, the camera is very easy to use and does everything I ask of it. Yes, there are certain times when optical zoom would be handy. I notice the newer versions of this camera have the optical zoom.
The software that comes with it is very easy to use, easy to print (I print my own prints with a Canon i850 printer), and easy to store and organize.
The lense is great and takes great macro shots, too.
I use it for all kinds of shots, family photos, vacation shots, sports shots, trade shows and outdoor shots. This little camera does it all.
Duration Product Used: 2-5 years
Price Paid: $349.00
Purchased At: Adorama
Similar Products Used: Canon Powershot S200
Type of photography: Sports
Submitted by Denkigroove a Casual
Date Reviewed: January 3, 2004
Strengths: Size! Looks! Image quality! Battery life! Did I say looks!
Weaknesses: No optical Zoom, but I can live without it. No d/c adapter capability, but battery life is great!
When I removed the camera from the package...wow, this is absolutely a beautiful camera. I needed something small to carry around and at the same time have great image quality. Canon has a great reputation and I was stuck between the Canon SD10 or the other digital elps, and then the Sony line. I got the piano black one and it is gorgeous. Pic quality is great, far better than my previous 4megpix Minolta I got, and even better than some of my friends 5megpix cameras! It loads up in a second (1.6 sec I think). This is the perfect compact camera for any beginner or casual user on the go. Great job Canon!
Price Paid: $307.00
Purchased At: eCost
Similar Products Used: Canon Digital Elphs, Sony Cybershot (P7,P9, P10), Minolota Dimage (F200,F300), Camedia C50.
Submitted by dlinney a Intermediate from UK
Date Reviewed: November 18, 2003
Strengths: Size, size, size
Quick flash control (e.g. to disable the flash)
Weaknesses: Fixed focal length - but I am happy to accept this in exchange for image quality / max aperture (f2.8) and small size.
Great little camera - the genuine "never be without a camera" camera. Performance is outstanding for its size - no doubt helped by the use of the 4m pixel sensor of its bigger brothers and also the use of a fixed focal length lens. There is also a surprising amount of manual control available if you want to manage settings yourself. The macro mode is excellent - but does need good light since it disables the flash (the camera is far too close). I have even used the movie mode which I always think of as a gimmick!
Well done Canon - a stylish, small camera that performs well.
Similar Products Used: Canon 10D, Canon G3, Canon Digital Ixus (original 2M pixel model)