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Canon PowerShot D10 Waterproof Digital CameraCanon USA got their first batch of PowerShot D10 waterproof and shockproof digital cameras last week. I timed my request right and got one of the first they sent out. Our D10 review camera is already in the hands of professional photographer Ann Torrence, who will be taking it on a float trip down the Grand Canyon next week. I’m hoping for a great real-world camera test with sweet rafting and canyon photos! Before I handed the D10 over to Ann, I shot a shot box opening video and camera tour, made product shots, and shot controlled studio test photos at all ISO settings.

Canon PowerShot D10 Waterproof Digital Camera - Front & Back
For the past few years, waterproof digital cameras have been the domain of Olympus and Pentax. But right before this year’s PMA tradeshow, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Canon all announced their first waterproof digital cameras. Of the bunch, the 12-megapixel Canon PowerShot D10 had me most excited. It matches the best waterproof and durability specs of what’s available with a 33-foot depth rating and the ability to withstand a 4-foot drop. But the reason I was most excited about the D10 is Canon image quality.

So far there has been a noticeable image quality compromise with waterproof/shockproof digital cameras. It’s too bad, but I guess it’s a reasonable tradeoff. I’m perfectly willing to give a little in the image quality department for a camera I don’t have to worry about breaking or getting wet. I’d still like better image quality, though. I haven’t shot anything besides studio tests with the D10, yet. But I noticed right away there are only two quality settings – the D10 is missing the Superfine quality setting that my Canon PowerShot SD950 IS has. I also noticed that a 4GB SDHC card holds a lot more photos on the D10 than it does with my SD950 IS (also a 12-megapixel camera), indicating more JPEG compression. The PowerShot D10 studio test shots confirmed my growing suspicion that Canon has made some image quality compromises with this camera. The image quality compares well to the Olympus Stylus SW cameras I’ve been using, with better color and saturation. But noise is visible at all ISO settings and I was hoping for more from Canon. The Canon’s better saturation, contrast and color do mean less post-processing and that means better ultimate image quality. Likely, Canon increased the JPEG compression in order to get more images on the card. Since the camera is made for shooting underwater and in wet conditions, it is good to be able to take more pictures before you have to open it up and put in a new memory card.


Canon PowerShot D10 Studio Test Photos
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As I said earlier, our Canon PowerShot D10 review camera is on its way to the Grand Canyon for some very serious real-world testing. I hope it makes it back and doesn’t end up at the bottom of the Colorado river. Make sure to use the wrist strap, Ann! The rest of you check back in a few weeks for our final review. And feel free to comment or post your questions below. We like to know what you think!

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • Hollis says:

    Interesting, but I wish it had a 24-105mm lens.
    Like the Pontiac commercial said, Wider is Better.

  • Photo-John says:

    I agree about wider, Hollis. One of the things I like about the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW is the 28mm wide-angle lens.

  • Phat Matt says:

    Interested in seeing what the review from the field test reveals. I love the outdoor lifestyle usability of my Olympus SW1030, rugged little guy. Its a great camera but I have some gripes; picture quality isn’t what I’d like. Pictures come out really “white” and one has to have a super steady hand to keep from blurring picture. I’m quite busy and have little time to dedicate to learning the technical aspect of photography. With a little more work from the manufacturer it seems these killer concept water proof, shock proof, freeze proof cameras would be awesome.

  • tomn says:

    I viewed your samples of the Canon WP D10, starting at ISO 80 and got as high as ISO 400 before I lost intrest. If you noticed the Aligator is in pretty sharp focus, but the pear, the bear, and the wheels of the train seem to be out of focus although there doesn’t seem to be much depth between those items. The center section is very sharp, but the edges drop off in sharpness on photos and gets worst the higher the ISO. This is one of the WP digital cameras I had in mind as well as the Fuji Finepix Z33, which btw wasn’t much better, but cheaper in price. Any idea’s on the out of focus problem in your samples?

  • Photo-John says:

    I noticed the out-of-focus problem, too. The camera is pure point-and-shoot and used a very large aperture for all of the sample photos – even the high ISO images. I don’t have manual control over the aperture so there’s not much I can do about it. At higher ISOs (above ISO 400) it looks to me like the problem is heavy noise reduction resulting in loss of detail. But now you’re making me worry that they may actually be out of focus. Unfortunately, the camera is already on its way to the Grand Canyon. But I will reshoot the tests when I get it back, in a couple of weeks. That way, if they are actually not focused, we can get better samples.

  • tomn says:

    Thanks John,
    for the update, and I’m looking forward of the D10 field-test on the Grand Canyon.

  • kwc says:

    I think this calls for a brick wall test — it looks more like edge sharpness issues than focus issues to me, but the brick wall knows all

  • Photo-John says:

    “the brick wall knows all”

    You should make that your tag line, Ken :-D

  • tomn says:

    I did some research on auto exposure / large aperture compact digital cameras. There does seem to be an issue of “edge softness” throughout the focal range on just about all of the point & shoot cameras, which we referred to as “barrel distortion” in a lens….some worst than others. The only way to get around this problem is to have a sharp lens at large aperture, but then it becomes a cost issue, or incorporate “aperture priority control”, thus shooting at a smaller aperture but gaining more noise at higher ISO.

    Yes, I think the brick wall would appeal to most of the general public, more professionally I would like to see the standard photographic test target and the color balance chart at various ISOs. Between those two, it will tell me a lot about camera.

  • dbbm says:

    The reason I have an interest on the D10 for our forthcoming vacation is because of its faster lens than the Tough 8000 (F2.8) + of course, the Canon image quality reputation. With the sample pictures, even at ISO 400, the noise level seems intolerable. And at 35mm widest lens setting, more is to be desired. I really need to give it more time to decide whether it is the D10 or the Tough 8000. Hopefully, your field test result will help me decide. Thank you for posting these helpful tips.

  • Photo-John says:

    I agree that the noise level is higher than desirable with the D10. On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about getting it wet or dropping it. I’ve found that a fair tradeoff with the Olympus waterproof pocket cameras. There is an image quality compromise, but that doesn’t mean I can’t get good photos. However, if image quality is your top priority, maybe you should get a regular compact camera and just keep it protected.

    In case there is some confusion about the lens settings, my tests weren’t shot with the lens at the widest focal length. I never shoot the tests like that. I always try to shoot at about a 50mm equivalent. The EXIF data is all displayed with the samples and the focal length should be in that table. It’s the aperture / f-stop that was wide/large and could have caused some softness around the edges.

  • Rick Cogley says:

    Thank you for the preview. This helped me purchase mine, which went on sale here in Japan last Friday. Here’s my first impressions if you are interested:


  • dbbm says:

    To: Rick Cogley and Photo-John

    I appreciate you posting the sample pictures taken by your D10. Yes, the superfine is sometimes needed but to lug it around anytime and anywhere for casual point & shooting and forgetting the hazards of bumps and weather, the camera will be an excellent companion. Sometimes, due to my angst in getting the perfect camera for its capabilities and the price level associated with it, I forget the upside qualities and have become subjective. I thank you and Photo-John. I am extremely close in deciding my next purchase for our upcoming trip. More power to you guys.

  • Jimmythefly says:

    How does it compare to the Pentax Optio w60?

  • Scooter says:

    I have the same question as jimmythefly – how DOES it compare to the Pentax Optio w60? Looks like the Canon has more megapixels and you can take it deeper underwater, but how does image quality compare? Is it as good as the standard Canon pocket cameras? Also, it’s a first generation underwater Canon, and I feel the rule is to really avoid the first-generations. What do people think? I’m in need of a camera for the outback and the beach in Australia, and really want good photos. Thanks everyone!

  • Photo-John says:

    I haven’t had a chance to do any studio tests with the Pentax Optio W60, so I can’t compare. From the studio tests I did with the D10, I don’t think it compares very well to other Canon 12-megapixel compacts. I noted in the preview above that it doesn’t have the Superfine quality setting that other Canon compacts have. So it’s compressing the JPEGs more, which will reduce quality. I don’t know if it’s because of the increased compression or not. But I see a lot more noise – even at the lowest sensitivity setting – than I do with my 12-megapixel SD950 IS. On the other hand, no waterproof camera I’ve used has had great image quality. So my guess would be that the D10 compares favorably. How durable it is remains to be seen. We’ll see if it makes it back in one piece from the Grand Canyon tour it’s currently on.

  • Doug says:

    those pictures are terrible. Looks like they came from a phone. Ill buy two cameras at 150 each that provide much better quality. Then if by chance I ruin one ill have another and still have better pictures. Those really are terrible pics and I have seen others from the d10 as well that sucked

  • Photo-John says:

    Doug – you made me laugh :-)

    I hope you’re exagerating. Regardless of how poor you think the sample photos might be, you won’t find a camera phone that comes close. They do have more noise than I like to see at low ISO settings. And I already said there may be a focus problem with the high ISO images. As soon as I get the camera back from the photographer who took it on the Grand Canyo trip, I am going to redo the tests to see if there was a focus error. I’ll repost them all after that’s done. In the meantime, I really hope you’re exaggerating for effect. Because I can assure you, there’s no camera phone out there that can compete with this image quality.

  • TomN says:

    Actually there is a comparable digital point & shoot WP camera. It’s the Fuji Finepix Z33, which I purchased 2 1/2 weeks ago. I also own a Fuji Finepix F30, and an Olympus C8080. I did some test shots using the Z33 with the color chart and the standard focusing charts. Since it’s an auto mode type camera like the Canon D10, I went through the various settings. Shooting in straight auto with the flash supressed. It produced photos much like the samples of the D10. you saw in the review. Viewing the color chart I shot, and using the auto mode as the standard point, portrait mode was even more blury, landscape was sharper. The best shooting mode for the Z33 to my suprise was a mode called “Text”, the sharpness was amazing and colors were true, hard to believe I was shooting with the same camera. So now I just shoot in “Text Mode” might as well. The Z33 is slim, fits easily in a shirt pocket. Have to be careful when holding it and keeping it steady when photographing. It’s well sealed after dunking it into the pool. The battery life is rather short (about a week of normal shooting), unlike the F30 which can go for months. Get a good card reader, instead of using the umbilical-cord to drain your battery when downloading to your computer. The nice part, Best Buys has them for $179.00, but you have to purchase SD cards…they’re cheap. I figure I not going to drop 3+ big ones on a mediocre WP camera just for cosmetics. Going to Alaska in July for 9-days where I’ll put the camera through a real test…if you can wait till then I give a full report.

  • Eric says:

    Wanted to know what you guys think is the bottom line best Point and Shoot Water Resistant camera out on the market

  • TomN says:

    I think it’s personal preference, as there are a few to chose from. I purchased a WP digital as a back-up because two years ago, I slipped in the river’s current on the first day of a 10-day 45 mile fly-fishing float in Alaska, and drenched myself along with my digital camera. Now I’ve heard of people accidently washing their TV remotes, drying them out and having it work again, but wishfull thinking in my case…and anglers, friends and co-workers know, you can tell so many BIG-FISH stories before they start to stare at your nose…documentation is proof in the pudding.
    During my search for WP cameras, I’ve found you’re not going to get high end resolution with the P&S digitals on the market today. And after comparing between the main-stream-4; Pentax, Canon, Olympus, Fuji, there wasn’t a huge difference in photo capturing, so it came down to what features would suit me best. This is how I ended up with the Fuji FinePix Z33 WP. It pops in my fly-fishing vest or Simms Jacket front pocket. I looped the strap through one of the attached D-rings for extra security. You can also attach the camera to a coiled bungi cord that comes with these fishing vest and jackets if you need a longer length. I can pull the camera out of the front pocket with ease since it’s so slim, and operate it with one hand if I need to. The key is to set the camera up using the preset modes, hit the on button and start snapping away. Since the battery life is short, don’t bother reviewing photos…or just purchase another battery. My other suggestion, get yourself two 4-gig cards, .instead of one 8-gig incase one card fails. I also try not to use so much of the zoom to save battery life. So the decision is yours, find out what features will work best for you….good luck with your search.

  • Eric says:

    Would you rather purchase a WP or a non WP and put it in a WP case?

  • TomN says:

    I looked at underwater housings for my FinePix F30…bulky, heavy, and hard to reach controls, other than that it was nicely made. They also make WP bags, but not sure if I would trust one. The WP digitals are so much more convenient to use due to the compactness and easy to reach controls. In my case, the price difference between the F30 UW-housing and the (Fuji FinePix Z33 is + $45.oo) not to mention the size difference.
    The bottom line is; you have to ask yourself what your uses will be.
    The way I saw it for the Fuji FinePix Z33: a 10MP waterproof digital camera that will rival the other WP’s digitals on today’s market for under $200…that’s a lot of bang for your buck. It’s also the most compact of all the WP cameras.
    btw: the Fuji FinePix F30 raised the bar for compact digital cameras (see the report in, so that tells you a lot about the company.

  • I have been looking all over the place for a D10. The only company that I found that has one is Amazon, and its in preorder status. Meaning that you can order the camera, but its not going to be shipped until amazon gets it in. IIf the camera reached canon usa on april 14, why is it 3 weeks later and its still not in the stores? Its not even listed on the Best Buy website.

    But anyway. I do a lot of hiking, camping, hunting and other outdoor activities. When I first heard about the D10, I was excited to see a camera that I dont have to worry about getting wet or dropping.

  • 35mm says:

    I’ve used a WP Olympus, Sony and a canon P&S in a WP case. The problem with the WP case is that it can fog up. The problem I’ve had with the WP cameras is that the seal fails. I like to take surfing pictures in the ocean – so I need something more rugged. The first time I saw the battery cover on the olympus, I thought – are they kidding? Sure enough it leaked. I hope the canon D10 has better water sealing. I wonder why they just don’t make a simple WP camera without any openings – just a single wp usb connector.

  • TomN says:

    One thing I should mention about Manufacturer Warranties. Companies usually cover one year from the date of purchase, and since companies are all different, you should read the coverage though on what they will and will not cover, especially on a WP camera.
    Now Best Buys has a PSP (Performance Service Plan) which covers beyond the MW-service…and it covers a lot. The sales clerk was running down the list of; parts and labor, normal wear & tear, accidental damage from handling, battery coverage, preventive maintenance, food spoilage, and a 24-hour toll free number, another words he told me if you look at the camera funny and it stops working, Best Buys will give you a new one free of charge. Usually I don’t give a rat’s-ass about extended warranties, but a light clicked on my head…this is a WP camera which is going to get a lot of abuse. I sitll didn’t buy the extended waranty, but perhaps I should have, I believe it was $45.oo for 3-years….just a thought.

  • Action Jackson says:

    When is the D10 due back from the Grand Canyon? I am dying to see what the field test looks like. I just got a D10 and I am considering returning it after reading all the comments. Please advise.

  • Photo-John says:

    Action Jackson-
    The camera is back and it survived the trip. The reviewer is working with it some more since the trip was longer than the batteries could take and they had no power for recharging. She’s given me one sample photo but I haven’t had a chance to upload it yet. If you’re being scared off by talk of cameras leaking, I understand. So far, I haven’t had any underwater camera leak. But it’s impossible to ignore all the comments about cameras that have leaked. Anyway, we will get the review up as soon as possible and I’ve asked Ann (the reviewer) to make a quick post here. I’ll ask her again and maybe she can give everyone a quick update on how the camera performed for her.

  • Tammy says:

    John, you don’t mean reports that the d10 has leaked do you? I haven’t seen that anywhere. I’d love to know if that’s been happening.

  • Action Jackson says:

    I am excited to her about your trip and how the D10 performed. I am also interested what other WP point and shoots you have used and how they stack up to the D10.


  • Matt M. says:

    Love the video Photo-John! I can’t wait to see this baby in action. I am thinking of replacing my SD950 since I dropped and broke the camera. I wish, I had this with I was in Hawaii.

  • Photo-John says:

    I haven’t heard any reports of the D10 leaking. I was just talking about the general reports of waterproof camera leaking. I think it’s a little early for much feedback on the D10 yet. And hopefully Canon took a close look at what was already available and tried to improve on the gaskets.

    The D10 is a neat little camera but I’m not sure if it will make a good SD950 IS replacement. The SD950 IS image quality is wayyyyy better. And the D10 isn’t really a pocket camera unless you’ve got really big pockets.

  • Tammy says:

    Great, That’s what I thought you meant. Thanks John.

  • Ann Torrence says:

    As I am writing my review, one thing I can say about this little camera is that it is engineered for a beating. I had no issues with leaks. On the contrary, there is a single port for battery and memory card, with an o-ring seal that is so tight, they designed the toggle on the camera strap to help pry it open. Hard to open, hard to close, but a tight seal once properly closed, at least on the unit I have here.

    Even more impressive to me is the ruggedness of the front element on the lens. There is no retractable cover – it’s exposed 100% of the time. On the Colorado, one thing you are guaranteed is sand. Lots of grit, in the water, on the rafts, in your hair, breakfast, everywhere. We dragged a burlap bag with sodas behind the raft to keep them cool and by the end of the trip, the paint has been obliterated from the cans. The front element of the D10, which I kept clipped to my life vest or otherwise exposed, is scratchless.

    More to say soon. No one has designed the perfect camera yet: light, a kabillion pixels, awesome optics, free. This one has some features that will please many.

  • Action Jackson says:


    I am excited to read your review (especially image quality). Thanks for taking the time to inform us shoots.

  • Susan says:

    I bought the SW1030 and was disappointed with the image quality and the blur from the delay in focus. I used to own a sweet little Sony that was a first generation waterproof digital, one that was easy to use, had fabulous image quality and survived third world countries, snow and the Bahamas. When it died, I took it apart and cleaned it, put it back together and got another 6 months out of it! I have been looking for a replacement and am considering the D10. I’m anxious to read your review of the picture quality.

  • Action Jackson says:

    Bring on the D 10 review! We are all hungry for the info.

    Thanks for your time and expertise.

  • SeeYouOnTheRiver says:

    I purchased the D10 and I am very happy with it. I shoot whitewater kayaking photos from the kayak. I have previously owned a Pentax W33, W60 and used Canon SD500 and G7 in underwater housings.
    The D10 is thicker than the W60 but much smaller than the Canons in U/W housings. It fits in my PFD pocket. It starts up, focus and shoots very fast. The image stabilization works very well. Out of 130 photos on my last trip none were blurred. (That’s a first.) Image quality is good, much better than the Pentax. Noise is low, still acceptable at ISO 400. The LCD is very bright, the first one I have used that is good enough in sunlight.
    Look forward to seeing the Grand Canyon trip report.

  • mark c. says:

    I can’t wait to get it too. I am going to a water park and i want o take photos of all my moments. I wass considering the stylus 8000 until i read the horribe rewiews until i came across this camera on youtube.

  • Chris says:

    SeeYouOnTheRiver, Thanks for your positive post. I just ordered the D10 and was a bit disheartened by the negative comments until I read your remarks. This camera sounds like just the thing for hikes and the lake.

    Ann, I love your definition of the perfect camera!

  • joyce says:

    Ann -
    Eagerly awaiting your review. gotta buy soon. my gc trip is this month…thanks

  • Denise says:

    I had the Olympus Stylus 790 SW (Shockproof/Waterproof) point and shoot. It had 7.1 mp and has taken many decent-not great though-pictures. It also allowed me to give my kids free reign ( 9 and 10 years old) to photograph things from their viewpoint without worry. HOWEVER, after 1 beach vacation and 1 pool vacation and lots of pictures taken over a 1 1/2 year time span, the waterproof seals leaked and ruined the camera. (Luckily our American Express card doubles the manufacturer’s warranty and they just processed a claim to reimburse us for the full price of the camera. YEA!!!) I am extremely hesitant about buying anything from the Olympus brand, so I really appreciate all the inputs here. So, make sure that you either get the extended warranty as mentioned earlier and/or check with your credit card company about their benefits. I think I’m leaning toward that Cannon–it looks great!

  • Rick says:

    In video mode, camera microphone barely picks up any sound, on replay can hardly hear anything — anyone else experience this? I hear my touching the camera sounds quite clear and loud, but people speaking or music playing is hardly audible. Instructions state sound may be low, and you will need to turn up the volume..but geez, I will have to turn my stereo or TV up full blast to hear anything.

  • Chris says:

    Rick, I just purchased the D10 yesterdsay and took it into the pool today. I have the same problem with the sound. Furthermore, I am getting a lot of static on the video(s). By static I mean scratchy lines running top to bottom. It looks like what you would expect watching an old home movie circa 1960. I’ve packed the D10 up to return to the store where I purchased it. I’m not yet sure if I want to try another until or diferent brand altogether.

  • john says:

    The D10 is sweet and hopefully a sign of more great things to come from Canon in the waterproof camera department.

  • Ed says:

    I guess Ann and the camera are still somewhere on the bottom of the Colorado. What’s up?

  • Bailey says:

    Hi, came across this website in my search for a superior waterproof camera.

    I used to have an Olympus 770SW, and I beat that thing up constantly. Surf pics, diving, dropped many times, etc… no problems at all. Once, I was drunk and threw it into the sand at the beach and it operated fine, as though the sand were no problem at all for the retracting lens.

    However, that camera was stolen, and I ‘upgraded’ to the Olympus 1030SW. That camera broke the first time I put it in the water — lens leaked and it died on the spot. I sent it in, got a new one… that died as well. I managed to get it working again… and it’s broken once again.

    Has anyone else had this problem with the 1030SW, and can anyone testify as to the waterproof-ness of the D10? I’m not talking about dunking in the kiddie pool, I’m talking about real waterproof, 33ft as advertised and under adverse conditions. I need a camera that can take its beating!

    Thanks in advance to any advice — please email me @ if you can testify to the worthiness of the D10 :)

  • Mr. Reeee says:

    The Canon D10 looks tempting, especially the cute-factor! Bummer that it’s not wide-angle. Wait for version 2, I guess.

    I have an Olympus Stylus 1030SW.

    With the 1030SW, shooting at 10MP is disappointing. Even in full sunlight, images are soft and fuzzy. Applying lens compensation filters in Photoshop helps a bit, but not nearly enough. (FixerLabs Fixer Bundle 2: Once I started shooting at 5MP the image quality improves dramatically, but still needs Photoshop work! Yes, the wide-angle is great!

    Underwater… SHUT OFF THE FLASH! It’s incredibly hot and washes out everything! I had heard about people applying some kind of filter (tape?) to the flash itself to dampen it a bit, but haven’t found anything yet. Another underwater trick is to dive straight down, sort of standing on your head, to shoot, then rotate in Photoshop. You get a few extra seconds to compose a photo, unlike standard swimming position where you float up immediately.

    You also need to remember to shut off the camera, since there doesn’t seem to be a sleep mode or auto-shut off. Doing that and not using the flash, I was able to get well over 100 photos before recharging (didn’t keep track).

    As for leakage problems others have complained about… I was EXTREMELY careful to rinse thoroughly and let it DRY thoroughly before opening it. When closing I examined the battery/memory card compartment gasket to be SURE there was nothing on the gasket to cause leakage.

  • Steve says:

    I’ve just bought the Canon Ixus 100 but have now decided I want something that’s good for water sports as well as the bar. Although I don’t intend to do too much proper underwater shooting, I do a lot of trekking and sailing.

    Can;t decide whether to order the WP case for this one, or send it back and get the D10. If anyone here has experience of both the D10 and normal P&S cameras with the water proof casing, I’d be interested to hear your opinion on which is the better set-up or at least the pros and cons of both.

  • Darin says:

    I sure would like to see the pics from the Colorado river rafting trip. Any idea when those will be posted, or did I miss the link somewhere on this page?

  • Photo-John says:

    No, you haven’t missed a link. I had a problem with the camera and I’m waiting on a replacement from Canon. Once I can give it a complete test we’ll finish this up. I’m not happy about the delay. But it is what it is. We will get a complete review up once we have a new camera, though.

  • Angela says:

    Could anyone tell me what (or if they do) type of maintenance schedule Canon suggests on their D10? I know the Olympus 8000 suggests their camera get sent in to replace the seals every year (which could be why one of the previous posters said her 8000 leaked after 1.5 years of use). I would like to know if Canon suggests the same. Also wanted to point out that there are reports of the D10 leaking as well. I am torn between the Canon D10 and the Olympus 8000. Out of all the digital cameras, they both offer the durability I need (with 3 kids and lots of traveling), but they both also seem to have their own issues/drawbacks. Every time I read a review about waterproof cameras, at the beginning I am sure I will get the D10, but by the end of each review I am not sure again. Plus, I am not crazy about the size of the D10. It’s even bigger than my ancient 4 year old Canon. Not exactly portable.

  • Karen says:

    How do you attach a float strap to Fujifilm Finepix Z33WP? Does the black plastic part come apart if you squeeze it? I’m not sure I can get that little string looped around the rest of the strap and don’t want to break it. Maybe I’m not squeezing hard enough or maybe it’s supposed to turn. Thanks for any help. Going snorkeling this week. Karen

  • Thanks for posting. This model looks very attractive. Doing adventure is my hobby, so this camera suits me perfectly. The features are good. 12.1 mp camera is a nice feature. Shooting will be fun.

  • r4 cards says:

    I was excited to get the camera while in Hawaii as the disposible underwater cameras are awful. Picture quality was very good. Easy to transfer pictures to computer.

  • Fentex says:

    I bought one of these duty free on my way to a couple of weeks in Fiji.

    It worked well and it’s controls are well designed for underwater use. It’s microphone works effectively underwater as well.

    It captures good video at 640 x 480 30fps.

    I haven’t put the pictures and video captured by it up yet, but will be at

  • Dave says:

    I own an operate a small Coral Aquaculture buisiness, and bought one of these, thinking it would be my work-horse, ..I photograph each specimen individually and post it to our on-line store, in and out of tanks all day.
    you can visit our web site,..all of the pictures are with this camera,..every single one,..but I am not 100% satisfied, 10 megapixel Cannon with a housing took much better shots, is just too large and clunky for my application.-Dave

  • amit says:

    Canon has launched the PowerShot D10, its first waterproof digital compact. It is claimed to be waterproof up to 10 meters, freeze proof up to -10 degrees, shockproof when dropped from a height of 1.22 meters and dust proof. In addition, there are a range of optional protective accessories available. The camera has a 12.1MP sensor, 3x optical zoom and a 2.5″ LCD, and includes Smart Auto Mode, Face Select & Track, Blink Detection and Face Self-timer. You can read review at :

  • aleksandar says:

    I just got CANON D10 7 days ago, and after that i went on Seychelles to test it, camera is amazing, pictures are sharp, focus is ultra fast, waterproof case working perfectly there’s no water inside, video quality is good, any Olympus or Panasonic camera is not even close to canon regardless to picture quality specially if we are taking about colors and sharpness, there is manual focus, and long shutter 1-15sec..

  • Photo-John says:

    Thanks for the comment, Aleksander. Glad you like your D10. Please write a review for your camera on the review page. It’s a much better place to really share your experience since it includes a rating and sections for camera strengths, weaknesses, etc. Here’s a link to that page:

    Canon PowerShot D10 User Reviews >>

    Thanks again for the comment and thanks in advance for your review!

  • ray says:

    I too am looking for a camera to take on the grand canyon this summer. One question I have is how do I keep the camera charged while running the river?

  • art says:

    im no fancy cameraman but this camera is just wonderful….i couldnt be happier and i can take it out in the rain or fishing and not worry about it

  • lailiebug says:

    I’ve been looking at waterproof cameras for a couple months and can’t decide which one to get. I keep going back and forth between the Canon, the Fuji, and the Olympus 8000, but I can’t make up my mind! I keep coming back to the Canon, but everytime I think I’ve decided, I see some negative reviews – doesn’t seem to matter which camera you look at, they all have some bad reviews, but the Canon seems to have the most positive. Have to make up my mind soon though – going away in a month, and need the camera then! Looking forward to seeing a full review of the Canon – you said there were problems with the camera after the grand canyon trip and a new one was needed – what happened?

  • misamisa says:

    This experience from my Canon D10 is as of April 8, 2010.

    As Canon announced that they will be releasing a waterproof camera, me and my boyfriend got so excited about it. So we pre-ordered it from Amazon as early as May 2009.
    We got the product by June 11,2009.
    It is one of the first batches of D10.
    Now, we are not pretty sure if what had happened to our precious D10 is a manufacturer’s defect.

    We were able to use it in our trips:
    JUNE – 4 days 3 nights at the shower, bathtub, beach, fresh water pool, etc., with water activities such as snorkeling, etc.
    JULY – then another 3 days 2 nights at the beach, with much rougher water activities, more underwater shots, snorkeling…
    DECEMBER – 4 days 3 nights with cave tour with water in it, trekking, swim into falls, fog fog fog in the mountains with cold temp.
    MARCH – another island hopping for 2 days 1 night…
    and alot of dry conditions…
    so this camera lasted us almost 9 months.

    when i was about to use it in an overnight swimming at a chlorined pool with some friends, we were able to use it in the shower, took 3 shots, jumped to the pool and took 3 shots, then while i was manipulating the buttons for the settings, it suddenly shut off.
    so i unplunged, wiped my hands and the camera, i looked at the 2 seals it had, completely and perfectly sealed.
    i decided to open the seal that contains the battery and MMC, it is dry.
    then i opened the seal that has the AV ports, what can i say, it has water in it…it leaked in short.

    i was shocked about this.. i cant believe it did… my dreams all fell *joke!*…

    the following morning i went to a local canon store here and bought a new one…. for assurance, i also bought a DICAPAC or a waterproof case made for digital cameras.

    i emailed canon usa, since it was bought there, they asked us to mail it them, so most likely we will be able to mail it to them on june, i am in south east asia right now and my boyfriend in central asia, hopeful for a replacement when we both return to the US in june, this time using our new and 2nd Canon d10, newest batch (since the saleslady mentioned the camera just arrived to them the day before my purchase… does that have to relieve me?) for another island tour…Yatta!

    an important advice given to me by the store owner where i bought DICAPAC, that after use of these waterproof cameras, WASH THEM IN FRESH WATER (all seals closed of course)… PAT IT DRY IN CLOTH… USE A BLOWER (hair blower is fine) TO DRY THE SEALS (both open and closed seals, be sure hands and camera are dry and no more traces of water droplets whatsoever)…
    since chlorine and salt water eventually corrodes these WP seals…

    as a best option when doing more dipping of the WP cameras in water, protect it with underwater cases.
    handling of the camera with wet hands would not require the case… just if you will use it UNDERWATER…

    sharing the photos of the mishaps of my D10… with the lens flooded by water like it was crying…hahaha! and the moist and water on the LCD… gaaaar…
    even so, me and boyfriend still loves canon… we got loads of canon items from all in one printer to HD vidcam…

    my DICAPAC underwater camera case

  • misamisa says:

    well before i forget…
    canon d10.. so far has great capture quality both for video and photo…the colors are vibrant *just dont compare it to SLR’s but so far i can say that an auto setting for a Canon SLR with its lowest type of lens, the d10 will match..bleh!*
    has fast shutter speed…so less blur in motion…
    however, there are moments that clicking will take long, i guess after some few consecutive shots and clicks..
    *cant believe camera buttons fatigue too* joke!

    bleh… im happy to share some of the memories of my first ever D10… *yuck emo..* hahaha!

    photos and videos taken underwater using my first D10…
    just follow the photobucket links on my previous post.

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  • Brose says:


    I wish to buy WP camera soon and now doing some survey.
    D10 is in one of my wish list but it pretty “old”…released around Feb 09. Is there any other WP camera better than D10 in terms of image Quality? Thanks.

  • jeorna nakpil says:

    :-(,,,good bye canon d10…6months ago we’re so very happy having canon D10,and just yesterday my daughter who’s studying in de la salle dasmarinas cavite said that she misplace the camera somewhere in the campus….:-(

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