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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera Review

written by: Larry M. Lynch•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 11/19/2009
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Looking for the perfect digital camera to grow with your digital photography skills? Want to boost your digital imagery skills to new levels? Is your budget still a major factor in your choice of full-featured digit camera? The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera may be what you're looking for

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    Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera

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    The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS, an under-$500 (suggested retail price) digital camera, one of the newest members of the Canon PowerShot camera family line, has a number of professional features that allow a beginner or intermediate level photographer to "grow" into the use of more advanced features and digital photography techniques. From macro photography, action imaging and distortion-free portraits to videos and telephoto-effect digital images, this digital camera can easily handle a broad range of digital photography challenges. Here’s a breakdown of features, options and what to expect.

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    Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Digital Camera Features

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    Shooting and Viewing Still Images

    PowerShot-SX10-IS-front The camera’s 10 megapixel CCD image sensor captures an in-depth spectrum of digital images. There are a total of eighteen still image and video shooting modes available via a rotating dial and the camera’s optical zoom ranges from 28 mm to 560 mm. This allows for plenty of photographic creativity for more advanced digital photographers while automatic and pre-set modes make life a little easier for the more technically-challenged photographers.

    Shooting modes include:

    · Automatic

    · Night snapshots

    · Landscape

    · Portrait

    · Sports (fast action mode) macro

    · Stitch assist mode for panoramic shooting of scenes and landscapes

    · Video

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    In addition to these pre-select modes, there are settings which allow you to individually set shutter speed, aperture, set aperture and shutter speed combinations together, set and lock focus, and save custom settings. There are also special scene modes (SCN mode dial setting) which permit further refinement for shooting:

    · Sunsets

    · Snow

    · Fireworks

    · Beach

    · Aquariums

    · Indoors (with or without flash assist)

    · ISO 3200 speed equivalent

    · Color accents

    Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Features also include Face Detection and a multi-mode variable self-timer further expanding the camera’s photographic range.

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    Canon PowerShot SX10 IS LCD Monitor

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    The camera’s LCD monitor swings out from the camera body right or left, can tilt forward 180 degrees towards the camera lens or can be rotated backwards 90 degrees. The LCD monitor’s mobility allows you to shoot images from extremely low, overhead or other very awkward angles without you having to train as a contortionist.

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    Erasing

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    On the rear right hand side of the camera back a button is located which will erase any image or video currently on LCD monitor display. This makes deleting mistakes quick and easy as you can wipe out a bad shot. It does unfortunately also allow for accidentally erasing images or videos while you might be adjusting to use of the camera. Once erased from the camera memory card, an image or video cannot be recovered. A bit of practice in handling the camera will minimize the possibility of mistaken erasures, however.

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    Shooting and Viewing Videos

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    PowerShot-SX10-IS-back One good feature of the camera allows you to instantly start shooting videos at any time simply by pressing a special red "video" button conveniently located next to the viewfinder and beside the amply-sized 2.5 inch LCD monitor. One decisive problem with the camera is that videos are recorded as FLV or flash video files. These must usually be converted to another format if you wish to edit or otherwise work with the video. Most video editing software will function with other video formats such as AVI, WMV, MVI, or MOV, but not FLV (flash video) file formats. So, you’ll need to become familiar with some video conversion software to manage this problem, but there are several low-cost or free programs available to handle this.

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    More review information on the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera follows on page two. Find out if the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera is right for you and your photography needs by reading this review and buying guide.
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    Downloading Images and Videos

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    Downloading images and videos to a computer or external storage device from the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS digital camera is fairly simple and straightforward. This can be done using a camera to USB interface cable (IFC-400PCU) supplied with the camera using camera download buttons, LCD monitor commands or a menu screen which will appear on the computer monitor. A Canon Digital Camera solution disk, supplied with the camera, can be loaded into your PC or laptop computer to provide easy image and video download capability. As an alternative, the Microsoft Windows camera download assistant program also functions well with the camera

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    Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Accessories

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    Batteries - The camera uses four AA-size alkaline or rechargeable batteries making power supply easily available instead of a specialized battery pack which would have more limited supply.

    Lens Hood – A screw on and off removable lens hood supplied with the camera helps prevent sun flare when shooting towards sunlight or other strong lighting sources.

    Lens cap – a snap on - snap off removable lens cap, supplied with the camera, used to protect the camera’s 20x zoom 1.28mm lens.

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    Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Technical Information

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    Another feature I’ve found helpful is that the camera is not overly sensitive to humidity or moisture and is water-resistant. Despite being accidentally sprayed with salt water and even lightly rained-on a couple of times, I haven’t lost an image or had problems with the camera’s functions. For more detailed technical specifications you can visit Canon PowerShot SX10 IS .

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    Canon PowerShot SX10 IS: Price to Value

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    If you’re looking for a digital camera which is versatile, loaded with professional features and a true value for both the intermediate and advanced digital photographer, you’ll find the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS to be an excellent value for the price. Combining features found in far more expensive digital camera models with the ease and simplicity characteristic of "pocket" digital cameras, this Canon PowerShot camera model offers enhanced flexibility and versatility that make it a camera you’ll most likely keep in your repertoire for a long time to come. It’s a camera you can grow, learn and improve your photographic skills with while shooting top-quality images virtually from the moment you unpack it from its box.