Canon Powershot A10 Review

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Steve's Digicams

Canon PowerShot

Review posted 5/3/01

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Canon U.S.A., Inc. is providing consumers with a fun and affordable way to experience digital photography with the introduction of the $499 PowerShot A10 digital camera. The PowerShot A10 has a 1.3-megapixel CCD with a newly developed 3x 35-105mm optical zoom lens and offers features and image quality normally found only in more expensive models. Features such as a primary color filter and adaptive signal processing for maximum image quality, high-precision auto white balance, exposure sensitivity automatically set according to brightness, three point AiAF autofocusing system for precise and simple focusing, shutter speeds from 1 second to 1/1500 second and a built-in flash with slow-sync functions for creative photography in low light.

A new digital signal processing IC in the PowerShot A10 camera enables high-speed image processing and rapid data transfer through the cameras' USB interface. The PowerShot A10 takes advantage of this feature by offering a Direct Print mode that enables users to print hard-copy images using Canon's new CP-10 printer. The CP-10 makes printing from digital files simple and fun by allowing users to control all print settings directly from the camera's LCD monitor. Printer data is then transferred to the CP-10 directly through a dedicated interface cable.

Canon CP-10 printer

Bundled with a comprehensive suite of programs enabling image management, editing, compositing and printing, the PowerShot A10 and A20 come with Apple QuickTime 4.1, Canon RemoteCapture 1.3, and PhotoStitch 3.1 for both Macintosh and Windows, as well as Canon ZoomBrowser EX 2.6, PhotoRecord 1.2 and WIA and TWAIN drivers for Windows, plus ImageBrowser 1.6 and a Photoshop-compatible plug-in for the Mac. Features integrated in both ZoomBrowser EX 2.6 and ImageBrowser 1.6 include TimeTunnel and SlideShowMaker. When using ZoomBrowser EX 2.6 or ImageBrowser 1.6, users can take advantage of new and improved features for auto layout printing, self-running full-screen slide shows, and automated preparation of images for use as e-mail attachments.

Canon PowerShot S300 Digital ELPH

Canon will be offering its own WP-DC100 underwater case for the A10 and A20 that's good for depths of up to 30 meters or to protect it for use in the rain or at the beach.

Canon PowerShot A10 Zoom

The CP-10 Card Printer makes printing from digital files simple and fun by allowing users to control all print settings directly from the camera's LCD monitor. Printer data is then transferred to the CP-10 directly through a dedicated interface cable. The new, ultra-compact printer produces beautiful, 300 x 300 dpi credit card-sized (4.3 x 2.1 inches) color prints in as little as 56 seconds.

Click here to see our Canon CP-10 Card Printer review for more details.

Physical Views

Canon PowerShot A10 Zoom

Canon PowerShot A10 Zoom

Canon PowerShot A10 Zoom

Canon PowerShot A10 Zoom Canon PowerShot A10 Zoom

Canon PowerShot A10 Zoom

Canon PowerShot A10 Zoom

The very compact Canon PowerShot A10 and the pocket-sized Fujifilm 6800 Zoom for size comparison.

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PowerShot A10 Specifications

Image Sensor Device Approx. 1.32 million-pixel (total). 1/2.7 in. CCD (effective pixels: approx. 1.25 million)
Lens 5.4 (Wide angle) - 16.2 (Telephoto) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35 - 105 mm)
f 2.8 (Wide angle) - 4.8 (Telephoto)
Digital Zoom Maximum 2.0x (Maximum 6x with optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder, approx. 80% coverage.
LCD monitor 1.5-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, 117,600 effective pixels
Autofocus TTL 3 point AiAF
Optical Construction 9 elements in 7 groups (all glass design); one aspherical element.
Focusing Range
(from tip of the lens barrel)
Normal 76 cm (2.5 ft.) - infinity
Macro 16 - 76 cm (6.3 in. - 2.5 ft.)(Wide angle)
26 - 76 cm (10.2 in. - 2.5 ft.)(Telephoto)
Shutter Mechanical + electronic
Shutter Speed 1 - 1/1500 sec.
* 1 sec. in manual mode with the flash off or in slow synchro mode.
* Noise reduction processing on speeds slower than 1/6 sec.
Sensitivity ISO 100 equivalent (automatically raised to ISO 150 in low light)
Light Metering Method Evaluative metering (linked to focusing point)
Exposure Control Program AE; Exposure is locked once focusing is complete.
Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-step increments. (Manual mode only.)
White Balance TTL Auto / Pre-set (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent) / Black & White
Flash Red-eye reduction Auto / Auto / On / Off
Flash Range
Normal Mode 76 cm - 4.2 m (2.5 - 13.8 ft.) (Wide angle),
76 cm - 2.5 m (2.5 - 8.2 ft.) (Telephoto)
Macro Mode 26 - 76 cm (10.2 in. - 2.5 ft.) (Wide angle/Telephoto)
Shooting Modes Auto / Manual / Stitch Assist / Playback
Self-Timer Shoots after approx. 10 sec.
Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.5 images/sec (Large/ Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
PC Connected Shooting Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program RemoteCapture is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media CompactFlashâ„¢ Card (Type I)
File Format JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF compliant)
Compression Superfine / Fine / Normal
Large 1280 x 960 pixels
Medium 1024 x 768 pixels
Small 640 x 480 pixels
Replay Modes Single image replay / Index replay (9 thumbnails) / Zoomed view (LCD monitor zooms images up to 2.5x) / Auto play / Printing with Card Photo Printer CP-10 (print image directly)
Interface USB (mini-B)
Power Source

Four AA alkaline batteries or four AA rechargeable NiMH batteries
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS500

Operating Temperatures 0 - 40oC (32 - 104o F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90 %
(W x H x D)
4.3 x 2.8 x 1.5 in. (110.3 x 71.0 x 37.6 mm) (excluding protrusions)

Package Contents (U.S./N. America)

  • Digital Camera
  • Wrist Strap
  • AA Alkaline Battery (x4)
  • CompactFlashTM Card FC-8M
  • Case for CompactFlashTM Card
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • Camera User Guide
  • Software Starter Guide
  • System Map

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