Canon Powershot D10 Review
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls
The D10 features a 3x (35-105mm in the 35mm format) f/2.8-4.9 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. The lens is contained in a seal unit that keep moisture out as well as protects the lens from impact.
With Canon's Optical Image Stabilization technology, users have the flexibility of actually shooting at shutter speeds 2-3 stops lower than would otherwise be possible. This camera features multi-mode Image Stabilization - users can choose between Continuous (always active), Panning (active when vertical camera shake is detected) and a 'Shoot Only' mode (active when the shutter is pressed all the way.)
An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. The focusing range is:
The built in flash offers Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro. Flash range is when using ISO Auto is 12. in. - 10 ft. (30cm - 3.2m) at wide angle, or 12 in. - 6.6 ft. (30cm - 2.0m) at telephoto.
On the top you'll find the On/Off button, and the shutter release.
On the back is a 2.5-inch LCD with 230,000 pixels of resolution. This is the only viewfinder on the camera, and is used for framing shots, reviewing and edit your images, and navigating the menu system.
Along the top of the LCD are three buttons. The Print button is used to select images to be printed when the camera is connected to a PictBridge compatible printer, in record mode you can choose the function of this button via the menu (movie shutter release, ISO, white balance, i-contrast, etc.). Next is the Mode button, which allows you to change the exposure mode (Auto, Program, or one of 18 Scene modes), and lastly you can see the Playback mode button. To the right, there is also a tiny LED which indicates focus status, flash recharge status, etc.
To the right of the LCD are the remaining camera controls. First we have the Zoom controls, which also function as the magnify and index option in Playback mode. The 4-way controller is used to navigate menus and select images during playback, the FUNC./SET button in the center accepts menu selections. In record mode you press 'Up' to change Exposure Comp. settings, 'Down' select the drive mode, 'Left' selects the macro focus and 'Right' changes the flash settings. The FUNCtion/SET button also calls up the Function Shortcut menu. The DISP. (display) button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data that is overlaid. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the main menu screens.
The I/O ports: DC INput jack for an optional AC power supply.
The Powershot D10 is equipped with a card slot that supports use of SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC+, and HC MMC+ memory cards. Canon does Not supply a card with the camera. Shown here with a SanDisk Extreme III 1GB SD card - see the tables below for the approximate storage capacity.
Number of Recordable Images
Time of Recordable Movies
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.
The D10 comes with a Canon NB-6L 3.7v 1000mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims this pack can power the D10 for up to 220 shots or 360 min. of continuous playback on a single charge (using CIPA Standard testing.) The supplied rapid charger plugs directly in the wall socket and charges the battery 'out of the camera' which is very handy if you have a second battery (highly recommended!)
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