|Canon PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera review : The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Megazoom camera is the successor to the PowerShot S5 IS. When it comes to appearance, the Canon SX10 IS looks a lot like its predecessor, but if you thought its size would have decreased somewhat, you’re wrong; the camera has even slightly grown. However; you do get something in return. The 12x optical zoom lens has been replaced by a 20x version, which keeps Canon nicely in pace with its rivals. Thankfully, Canon’s image stabilization system supports the zoom lens in order to be able to work with it. Moreover, the resolution has increased from 8 to 10 Megapixels. And although we did not list an increase on our priority list, the image sensor has been enlarged too. A nice bit of compensation.
Canon PowerShot SX10 IS camera design
The main changes in the camera’s appearance are found on the back, where designers have drastically interfered with the layout. No doubt it was for a reason, since the experimental ergonomics of the S5 did not gain positive user experiences. On the Canon SX10 IS camera, the buttons are positioned on what one could call traditional spots. Back to basics!
Canon PowerShot SX10IS Megazoom camera
The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera is a so-called Megazoom camera. This category has been popular with a large group of users for a long time now, and with good reason. Cameras such as the Canon SX10 IS seem to have found the almost perfect combination. They are compact and equipped with a large optical zoom range, which makes ease and all-round photography go hand in hand. One disadvantage compared to a digital SLR is the format of the image sensor. The differences are so significant that the negative effects of high resolution on a small sensor result in visible noise at higher ISO sensitivities.
A digital SLR or a Megazoom camera
This means the digital SLR has the benefit of the doubt when it comes to image quality. And despite the many innovative solutions, the gap between these two segments continues to exist. That brings us right to the answer for when you’re choosing between a Megazoom and a DSLR camera. The question is: will you go for ease or quality?
Canon SX10 IS review including a DIWA Labs test
This might be the most interesting question for next year with the introduction of the first compact Micro FourThirds cameras. Whether or not brands other than Olympus and Panasonic will bring out this kind of compact system cameras, remains to be seen. The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS will have to settle for quite a full list of specifications and should be able to compete with competing Megazoom models. Whether or not Canon has succeeded in designing a perfect Megazoom camera can be read in the following Canon PowerShot SX10 IS review.
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"The Canon PowerShot camera offers all-round possibilities with numerous setting options for both the amateur and hobby photographer. User ease is a strong feature of the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS and the camera is pleasant for frequent use. The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS sample photos were taken with a full production camera in Utrecht, The Netherlands"
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