Canon PowerShot D10
by Shawn Barnett, Mike Tomkins, and Stephanie Boozer
Review Date: 06/08/09
The Canon PowerShot D10 is a rugged waterproof / shockproof / freezeproof camera based around a 1/2.3-inch 12.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, and a Canon-branded 3x optical zoom lens. The Canon D10’s lens offers focal lengths ranging from a 35mm wide-angle to a 105mm telephoto, and features true optical image stabilization. Maximum aperture varies from f/2.8 to f/4.9 across the zoom range, and macro focusing is possible to just three centimeters. Continuous shooting is possible at 1.1 frames per second, and the PowerShot D10 can be operated at depths up to 33 feet underwater, is shockproof for falls from up to four feet, and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
There’s no optical viewfinder, with the Canon D10 instead opting solely for a 2.5-inch LCD display with 230,000 dots of resolution. The maximum recordable image dimensions are 4,000 x 3,000 pixels, and the Canon D10 offers a 30 frames-per-second VGA (640 x 480) movie mode as well. Sensitivity ordinarily ranges from ISO 80 to ISO 1,600 equivalents, and can be extended to ISO 3,200 equivalent in a high-sensitivity Scene mode. A built-in flash is rated as good to 10.5 feet (3.2 meters) at wide-angle, and 6.6 feet (2 meters) at telephoto. Images and movies are stored on SD cards, NTSC / PAL standard definition video output and USB 2.0 High-Speed computer connectivity are on offer, and the Canon PowerShot D10 draws power from a proprietary NB-6L lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
The Canon PowerShot D10 ships from early May, with pricing of US$330. Optional accessories include interchangeable face plates, customized straps, and a carabiner hook.