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Users Speak Out: Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
by Allison Johnson -  4/13/2009

The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS has been on store shelves – and in the hands of photographers – since November. User reviews from our readers have been rolling in ever since, and we've rounded up a small sample for our Users Speak Out feature.

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Since the release of the SX10, Canon added the SX1 to their ultrazoom lineup, featuring a CMOS sensor and HD video recording. However, the SX10 remains one of the most-viewed cameras on our website. It sports a 10 megapixel CCD sensor, 20x optical zoom, a 2.5 inch tilt LCD, and the current DIGIC 4 image processor. The whole package is currently available for $400 or less, depending on where you shop.

Overall, SX10 users were happy with their cameras. Two thirds of them would recommend it to someone shopping for an ultrazoom, but even those who liked the SX10 enough to recommend it had a few gripes and complaints. Read the sample of opinions below to find out what users love and hate about the SX10. And as always, check out our full-length review for our own take along with some sample images.

Recommended One of the best ultrazooms on the market

Submitted by Kamugin on 1/30/2009

PROS: Huge zoom, hot shoe for external flashgun, tilt LCD, AA batteries equipped, good ergonomic design with useful buttons and controls, plenty of user friendly features and full manual mode, compartment for memory card isn't in the same place as batteries, efficient image stabilization.

CONS: Small LCD, heavy, cheap lens cover and hood, cheap cover for USB connector, hard to open battery hatch, not too good autofocus especially with artificial light, no RAW mode, no battery level indicator.

OVERALL SCORE: 8/10


Not Recommended Slow Lens, Clumsy Controls a Poor Mix

Submitted by Rachel*B on 11/7/2008

PROS: Excellent resolution, reasonably sharp images. Better noise control than Canon's previous "S" models, ISO usable through 400; 800 in a pinch. Image edges, corners are sharper. Lens aberration is less than average for this zoom range. Huge zoom range includes wide angle. Digital zoom images are surprisingly good. iContrast increases dynamic range, means more shadow detail, less highlight clipping. Bright vari-angle LCD with wider viewing.

CONS: Slow lens beyond the 100mm mark – image stabilization can't keep up unless ISO 1600 is employed, which is much too noisy. Need a monopod for much zooming below ISO 800 in less than bright light. Images have an unpleasant blue cast that is hard to stomach. Autofocus is very slow, difficult to achieve indoors and often fails altogether; and while autofocus outdoors in bright light is usually snappy, failure to focus also occurs sometimes even under the most optimal conditions. Control wheel is clumsy and frustrating.

OVERALL SCORE: 5/10


Recommended Has one flaw

Submitted by Drummer101 on 2/16/2009

PROS: 10 megapixels, uses AA's, lots of zoom, uses SDHC, can hold a flash gun. Fold out LCD (see cons)

CONS: I wish there was a rubber piece to hold onto because the plastic can get slick, but I am going to put on friction tape. 800 ISO and above is not really usable at full resolution JPEG. The eyepiece has another LCD inside, so it is hard to focus on small subjects and know if they are in focus. The Auto mode keeps going to a 1/8 shutter speed, but I only use the M mode. Fold out LCD is a good idea but it moves vertically (not supposed to) so sometimes it loses connection and the LCD turns off.

OVERALL SCORE: 8/10


Not Recommended Disappointing

Submitted by taxxiway on 1/2/2009

PROS: In the easiest light conditions, you get very nice shots... A huge zoom but often not usable because of the insufficient image stabilization.

CONS: Autofocus is very difficult indoors or in poor light. It often fails. Image stabilization isn't by any means as efficient as I hoped it would be. In manual mode you cannot be under 5.6 anyway. As ISO climbs, images get really noisy. I think the battery door will collapse pretty soon – very difficult to open, worse to shut. It seems to be incredibly cheap manufacturing, not talking of the clumsy wheel and the uncomfortable buttons in general.

OVERALL SCORE: 5/10