"I'm very impressed with my SX10 IS."4.5 starson by oldpaint1421
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.