Pros - Good Quality photos
- Very Rugged
- Water Proof (obviously)
- Shock proof
Cons - Flash tends to be a little too bright at close range
- Subjects seem to get redeye more than on my more expensive Canon Rebel XSi
- Camera a little bulky
Summary I am an amature photographer and am almost never without a camera in my hand. When travelling, we love this camera, although we still take our Canon XSi with us as well.
This camera takes wonderful, bright, clear underwater shots. The video option takes pretty good SD video as well. In addition, our 4 year old loves to "take pictures like daddy" and we let him use this camera. He has dropped it many times, and it still works great.
As I already had an underwater housing for my video camera, I am well aware of the importance of ensuring that all seals are clear of debris (sand, hair, fluff) and sealed prior to use outside. Don't just assumbe that everything is fine now because it was the last time you used it... you'll end up with a flooded camera quicker than you think.
My only beefs with this camera are that it is a little bulkier than I would like, and the flash tends to wash out the pictures.
But aside from that we enjoy the camera and would recommend it to a friend (already have several times infact)
Pros Easy to use, nice video
Cons I've used the camera about a dozen times over 1 1/2 years, never dropped it or mistreated it. Images have slowly gotten fuzzy in the upper right corner over the last couple of months. $160 estimate to repair $300 camera. Not worth it.
Summary I was disappointed in how short the lifespan was on this camera. As I said, I take VERY good care of my equipment (to the point of being retentive about it), and cannot understand why it went bad... I'm a big Canon fan, so this camera was a disappointment.
Pros Good low light performance, great optics, great image quality, I'll cross my fingers on waterproofing.
Cons Awkward shape, hard to hold, slippery case not so great for an under water camera.
Summary Great images, great interface, awesome Canon camera. Don't like the shape of the case because it's difficult to hold. People with small hands might not notice the problem.
I'm an avid amateur photographer and really enjoy taking underwater photos while snorkeling (Costa Rica, Xcalak Mexico, Thailand, and next Panama). I take one big trip each year, so I really value products that work on the go. The D10 is my fifth Canon camera, and it has all the features and funcionality I've come to respect and love in the Canon family.
The design is sleek and appealing, and despite reviews to the contrary, I find it very much pocketable... although I'm not a skinnyjeans kinda guy.
Canon's choice to keep the moveable zoom optics by enclosing the lens system inside that bulbous projection really pays off with superior image quality. The 12MP imagery is excellent and more than makes up for the limited zoom by allowing cropping in post.
I chose this camera over the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1, and Olympus Stylus Tough 8010, because of the low-light performance listed in the reviews and the Canon menu interface. The downside of this choice is the D10's lack of HD video, which both of the other entries had.
Although I haven't held the other models, I could tell by dimensions that the Lumix would be impossible to handle/manipulate while snorkeling. I'm sure it would be fine for the beach or some other water-born activity, but actually using the Lumix menu and holding it steady while a sunfish comes at you from around a coral head would be a real challenge.
That being said, the D10 has an awkward shape in my opinion. I have large hands and find it difficult to find a comfortable hold on this sleek, teardrop shaped body. The body is smooth and tapers down on the right side. I'm almost certainly going to install grip tape or even create some sort of screw-on handle (via tripod adaptor) for my under water work.
**I have to admit, I haven't taken my D10 under water yet, so I don't know how it will perform there, or if it might fall victim to the leakage reported by some others online. I'll update after Panama.
Pros Picture quality was much better than that of the Olympus I had before. A bit bulky, but that was an advantage for my big mitts.
Cons Camera failing after 4 months of use. The accessory kit is a complete waste of money.
Summary I was really happy with the camera at first. However, it packed up after 4 months of use. As I live in Cambodia but the camera was purchased, Canon refuses to accept the camera for repairs. I now am in possession of a waterproof paper-weight:-(
Pros I've used this camera for snorkeling, taking in my kayak and "on-land" photos. It is awesome! It takes not only still shots, but video as well. Once familiar with basic functions, it was easy to use on-the-fly.!
Cons Not much I don't like. The zoom isn't as much as I'd like and there's a little lag btwn clicking the button and shutter response so fast action stills can be challenging if you don't have fast reflexes.
Summary I have dropped this camera, banged it against the side of my kayak multiple times, used it in extreme cold, underwater, on land, and have come out with some amazing photos. The clarity and ease of focus are excellent. The video is great, but the audio could be a little louder. When the lens is too dirty (get sunscreen or something on it), the camera will tell you so you don't waste photo ops. Regarding other's comments on the camera "quitting" on them, I've had the camera for a year and not had this happen. The battery is easy to remove and charge and it charges quickly. The only accessory I would like to add is a neck strap for when I'm kayaking or other water activities. All things considered, this is an excellent "sports" camera considering the price. To get anything better, one would have to pay a lot more money.