Pros 20x zoom is phenomenal. Simple to use. Reasonable price. Unless you're a professional photographer, it's hard to distinguish pictures taken with the SX10 IS and the more expensive dSLRs. (At least I couldn't tell and I 've had them both!)
Cons The camera is a little heavy, but the 20X Zoom is worth the extra weight.
Summary This camera is my favorite so far. I started out years ago with the earlier Canon A-line pocket camera and advanced to the Canon S2, S3 and S5 cameras. While there wasn't much difference between the S2, S3 and S5 in terms of features and ergonomics, the SX10 IS is a great improvement over all. For starters, Canon finally fixed the issue with the camera lens. While it's not perfect, it stays on at least and doesn't pop off constantly like it did on the previous S series. Also, the buttons have been moved to more convenient places around the camera. Of course, the biggest improvement in my eyes is the 20X zoom! While the 12 megapixels are impressive, ( I rarely blow picture up larger than 8x10 anyway), it's the 20X Zoom that makes this camera second to none!! Even at full zoom, the pictures are clear and the colors are accurate. (Albeit, when zooming to 20X, the object can and does appear blurry on the LCD screen, but when downloaded and printed out...this is not the case.) I love the color accent and face detection modes, and the fact that you can zoom in while taking a video. I honestly have no use for my camcorder anymore as the SX10's video mode is THAT good! Battery Life is awesome. Just make sure you have two sets of re-chargable batteries if you use the LCD and the video feature(which you will....often!)Correction: Camera is 10 Megapixel...NOT 12 megapixel...Sorry for the Typo!
I recently bought the newest Canon XSI dSLR and had it for a couple of weeks before selling it on E-bay. I missed my "LCD viewfinder", zoom lens, and video option THAT MUCH!! When I found out that Canon had upgraded the S5 to the SX10, I was thrilled! I bought it as soon as it was released at a reasonable price online and I have not been dissappointed! I have taken many Fall foliage photos and many people have told me they look "professional". As an amateur hobbyist, I mostly use the Auto setting for outdoor photos, and the Program setting for low light situations, but a more advanced photographer would appreciate all the other manual settings, that make Canon the best in the business. I highly recommend this camera for anyone who is looking to expand their horizens, but is not yet confident enough in their abiliy to delve into the world of DSLRs.
Updated on Nov 3, 2008
"Tons of Features"on by e_buff
Pros Many exposure settings, fast auto focus, wide variable lens, comfortable to hold, EVF adjustable, swivel LCD screen, 1 fps continious drive, hot shoe, excellent image stabilizer.
Cons Narrow aperature settings, (F 8.0 yields limited depth of field), Canon says there are no filter threads for user use, lens cap easy to lose, user manual difficult to understand, confusing icons, .MOV video files (more difficult for Windows users).
Summary After seeing this camera on display in an electronics store, I knew it was a must have camera, and simply paid retail for mine. I'm more used to the old 35mm film cameras where I could get more creative, but still recommend this camera. I had compared several cameras in store prior to finding this one, and rejected all of them mostly because of the fact that they had blurred view finder images, poor auto focus etc. But this Canon doesn't have any of these troubles. I've shot nearly 1,000 shots with it and it contines to impress me every time. For 99% of us who want something more sophisticated, this is the camera to get! I really enjoy this camera!
Pros High Quality Pix, Great from 28 mm to 560 mm. Movie Compression and Quality Superb.
Cons None, unless one is trying to get a much more costly camera with different lenses.
Summary By far the best Megazoom Out there. I own the Powershot 2S IS and one of the 10 optical zoom Panasonics and have used most of the others. This one is by far the best.
Pros The flip-and-twist LCD, Unbelievable Zoom capabilities, "good feel", large number of shooting possibilities, easy to use control buttons. Video excellent quality, and easy to activate. All menus are easy to understand and use.
Cons Instruction manual poorly illustrated and written. Clip on lens cap will get lost if clipped to the strap without a tether. What a dumb idea. These are the only reasons I didn't give it 5 stars.
Summary I am a retired professional artist and have used every media available. I now specialize in pencil art and Photoshop. I have migrated to photography as a spin-off of Photoshop. I discovered combinations of photography and free hand art was a unique way to express my art. I thrive on mental challenges, as a way of remaining "young", so I joined "The Villages Photography Club".
When I saw some of the photos taken by members I realized my little Nikon Coolpix pocket camera would not be suitable, so I went to the store to purchase a large Nikon camera. Expense was not a factor and I expected to spend about $1,000. In fact I thought an SLR would be mandatory to get the kind of quality I was looking for. The salesman told me that for the price I could not get much better quality,than the PowerShot.
The flip-and-twist LCD immediately sold me on the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS. I compared features of every camera not concerned about price and this camera easily won me over. When I discovered it was only $360 I was pleasantly surprised. Now I am an enthusiastic Canon user.
After I temporarily lost my lens cover, because it fell off my strap, I fashioned a lens cover tether by drilling a hole through the cap, attaching a "jewelry-clip on chain, using a cable tie which I fashioned from materials bought at Jo-An Fabrics. A clumsy solution. Canon engineers should have provided a better arrangement. If there was a lens cap made by Canon with a well designed snap-on tether I would buy it.
I have spent many hours the last month learning my camera using the manual, and going to various web sites and buying books. I find that every expression of photography is handled by my PowerShot, and am determined to learn all facets of this fine piece of equipment. Of course I am retired, have two college degrees and have the time to spend pouring over the terrible manual. I wonder how the young first time camera owner can learn how to correctly use this fine camera.
Pros Zooooom.. is incredible. Quick speed zooming in and out.
Cons Because of the new lens, seems as the camera itself is trying to keep up with
lots of over exposure shots. Speed of shutter kind of lags a bit.
Summary This is the 3rd model IS camera Ive owned and glad to see they're attempting to do nice upgrades. The lens itself is great with a little wider view and the immense zoom lens. Ive read reviews that it has a faster processor but Ive experienced the shutter (even after manually changing) seems to lag a little. I'm always having to adjust for over-exposure and editing my pics.