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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Secure Digital as memory card conquered the world at an astonishing speed. The small SD card grew to 2GB storage capacity and is available at prices you never would have thought of a couple of years ago. The demand for larger storage capacities grew and the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) soon popped up as perfect solution. The card is based on the SD platform offering a minimum capacity of 2GB and a maximum of 32GB. However, the next SD model is already in the pipeline waiting to get introduced. It is expected that brands like Panasonic will introduce a new version with a capacity of 64GB and higher in 2009. Sufficient capacity at hand to put the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS to work.
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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS - JPEG files
The Canon SX10 IS supports both SD and SDHC offering more than sufficient storage space for large numbers of pictures or videos. The camera supports only the JPEG format with a choice between three different compression factors. The highest JPEG quality with the lowest compression generates a file size of approximately 4.5MB. Videos are supported by the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS in VGA (640x480) pixels, unfortunately not in HD quality. All in all, 2GB will do greatly. You don’t need a superfast memory card unless you opt to go for the fastest option. The Canon SX10 IS shoots approximately 1.4fps at its fastest, which doesn’t make it a genuine action camera.

Considering 2GB of storage capacity:
Resolution 3648x2736 pixels - JPEG - Superfine - 4332KB - 448 pictures
Resolution 3648x2736 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 2565KB - 749 pictures
Resolution 3648x2736 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 1226KB - 1536 pictures
Resolution 2816x2112 pixels - JPEG - Superfine - 2720KB - 714 pictures
Resolution 2816x2112 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 1620KB - 1181 pictures
Resolution 2816x2112 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 780KB - 2363 pictures
Resolution 2272x1704 pixels - JPEG - Superfine - 2002KB - 960 pictures
Resolution 2272x1704 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 1116KB - 1707 pictures
Resolution 2272x1704 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 556KB - 3235 pictures
Resolution 1600x1200 pixels - JPEG - Superfine - 1002KB - 1862 pictures
Resolution 1600x1200 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 558KB - 3235 pictures
Resolution 1600x1200 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 278KB - 6146 pictures
Resolution 640x480 pixels - JPEG - Superfine - 249KB - 6830 pictures
Resolution 640x480 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 150KB - 10245 pictures
Resolution 640x480 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 84KB - 15368 pictures
Resolution 3648x2048 pixels - JPEG - Superfine - 3243KB - 596 pictures
Resolution 3648x2048 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 1920KB - 1007 pictures
Resolution 3648x2048 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 918KB - 2048 pictures

Video Resolution 640x480 pixels - 30fps - 1402KB - 22 min 45 sec
Video Resolution 320x240 pixels - 30fps - 480KB - 64 min 1 sec

Canon PowerShot SX10
SanDisk Extreme Ducati Plus SD memory card
During the tests in practice, I used the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS with a 4GB SDHC card and besides that, I used it in combination with a special type Secure Digital memory card; the SanDisk Extreme Ducati Plus SD memory card. It has the size of a standard SDHC card but does have a unique feature; taking the card out of the camera you can snap it in two and a USB interface is then freed. This way you can insert the card directly into a free USB port and get access to the stored pictures or videos. No need for wires or a card reader, even the camera can be put aside.

USB interface of the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
The side of the Canon SX10 IS carries a USB 2.0 Hi Speed interface, which lets you quickly transfer a full memory card of 2GB to the desktop or notebook. Personally, I detest having to fiddle with cables and I prefer the optional card reader. Then it is just a matter of removing the card from the camera and transferring your files through the card reader. The advantage is the fact you can use the camera whilst transferring and it saves battery capacity. What's more convenient is that you don't have to go looking for that one cable you need…

Canon SX10 IS uses AA-batteries
The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS uses a foursome AA format batteries for its energy. Canon includes a charger optionally (depending on region) which takes four hours max to fully charge the set of four batteries. Of course, you can purchase a quick charger, or choose an even simpler solution: Alkaline AA. According to CIPA measurements that included the use of the LCD monitor, a set of AA batteries lasts for 340 pictures. However, in practice the circumstances differ from those of when measurements were carried out, so count with a percentage less pictures, in my case around 260.





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