"Great Shot"on by SX10 IS
Pros Huge 20X (28-560mm) Optical Zoom Lens, 10.0 MP (9,980,928 pixels), Accelerometer, Quick Record Button, Custom White Balance, Flip-and-Twist LCD, Face-Detection, comfortable weight, SDHC slot separate from battery compartment
Cons AA Batteries, poor Auto-Focus on close range, poor Auto White Balance - results in yellowing in videos and photos
Summary All in all a good buy, but it pays to get lithium AAs. Don't zoom in on close shots - go point blank if you must. If you don't want to set the White Balance, go for "Tungsten" for indoor shots. Don't leave the exposure for too long, because the photo will be reddened. However, I don't regret my buy, and I would recommend this to anyone that is at least at the "hobbyist" level. I would give this a 5/5, but I haven't used it much yet, so it's a 4.5/5.
P.S. Can the guys at CNET make a video of the SX10 IS? CNET Australia and CNET UK already have.
Pros I love the zoom lens, 20x is awesome! I have used Canon Powershots for some time and I love the fact that I have stepped up to a powerful little camera - the SX10!
Cons My only gripe is that I wish I could date/time stamp my photos like I am used to in the little Powershots! Plus I am not an Apple fan and the movies are recorded in Quicktime versions (.mov) But I download iTunes and the movies do look very good!
Summary This camera is a an excellent camera for anyone even half way serious about taking photos! Obviously it is not a pocket camera but it rocks! I took some photos of people surfing and I was not even close at all and the photos are amazing!!! Really.
Pros - Solid build
- images, range, sensitivity, reaction speed
- lots of settings
- 20X optical zoom
- good video, "zoomable", & w/stereo sound
- vid time limit = mem card size
- Face Detect
- large twist LCD
- flash range
- AA batts
Cons NO DATE STAMP
backpanel dial (either too sensitive, or not enough)
No starter mem card
Flash not totally auto
hard to use lens hood/cap @ same time
zoom focus slow
Summary We upgraded from a Canon A95 that we loved and used often (and that was repaired fro FREE under extended/COURTESY warranty by Canon for a failed DiGiC II chip). SX10IS blows that ol' workhorse away in terms of image quality, ability to capture an usable image, versatility, and tech/feature improvements (IS, face detection, larger twist LCD, 20x optical zoom, better/longer video). The A95 is more "portable/almost-pocketable" and we'll keep it as our backup. The SX10IS will now become our workhorse, albeit a bit bulkier/heavier...can't get away with an unobtrusive "smallish" camera pouch any more and have to use a medium-sized bag now.Clarification re vid time limit......specs say 45min, but that is determined by the memory card capacity as the limiting factor.
Canon...PLEASE redesign the idiotic lens cap (I bought an aftermarket lens tether)...and the handgrip (I bought an aftermarket handgrip loop)...and the button/control ergonomics...and the User's Manual. I had to ask a local Ritz Camera shop for help in figuring out the size for the filterlens adapter ring.....52mm
Canon... although the lens hood accessory is a nice gesture, I think a starter memory card would have been a nicer gimme and much more useful. I bought some 4GB SDHC cards and a SDHC reader device from Costco.
Canon... KEEP using the twist LCD design!! It is one of the primary features I look for in mid-size digi-cams. Prior to our circa 2004 A95, we had a circa 2000 Sony DSC-S50 that also has a twist LCD. Sony stopped using that design and along with their idiotic/proprietary/$$$$$ memory card format, we stopped shopping Sony digi-cams.
Canon (and others)...PLEASE STOP with the idiotic megapixel wars....especially for consumer-level cams. It is getting to be overkill and the larger the megapixel sizes the LARGER the file sizes. It is becoming unmanageable. Yes, I know I can use lower quality settings to reduce the file size (or use compression software), but that's like driving a Ferrari in rush hour traffic....why bother??
This is "almost" the perfect ultrazoom digital camera. I hope the SX20 or whatever the successor is called next year improves the usability factors....and maybe I'd upgrade again if there are significant improvements.
Updated on Jan 5, 2009
Updated on Jun 26, 2009I recently (Jun2009) purchased a filter kit from Wal-Mart (Targus $20). Includes adapter rings to enable use with 58-55-52mm threads. Includes UV filter + Polarizer. Only thing it is missing for a "basic" filter kit is a bag/pouch/case. :-(
And the SX10is lens uses **52mm** threads. The 58mm adapters do not work from this Targus kit. Perhaps others might have different results.
Pros Great pictures. True vivid colors. Easy to use menu. Solid construction. Feels like a much more expensive camera.
Cons Sometimes autofocus has difficulty focusing under dim lighting. Other than this, Ican not find anything else wrong or that I dislike about the Canon Powershot SX10IS
Summary I would highly recommend this camera.
Pros Amazing Zoom, great features, ease of use, great battery life,
Cons not so great pictures at higher (+400) ISO
no raw format (if you really think you need it)
Summary I did alot of research before buying this camera. I am NOT dissapointed, it does everything I want it to do. I was almost thinking about a DSLR, but didn't want to invest in the lenses, or take on the hassle of not having a point and shoot. I haven't found a situation where I have been unhappy with this camera yet.
The auto mode does almost everything flawlessly, and the manual mode give all the control you need. By far the best camera i have owned