Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD10 / Digital IXUS I / IXY Digital L
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Value for money 9
Ease of use 9
Picture quality 9
18 February 2007
Conclusion: Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom stylish designed digital camera The Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom is a descendant of the already famous digital IXUS family. Its very compact and stylishly designed; a real eye-catcher. The camera is easy to use; the compact dimensions with the size of a cell phone enable carrying the camera with you wherever you go. The camera offers many creative possibilities and you won't easily or quickly get bored with the Canon Digital IXUS i Zoom.
Excerpt: As much a fashion statement as it is the smallest camera in our roundup, the slim, elegant Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital Elph delivers good image quality and a fast burst mode. But it lacks an optical zoom lens and an optical viewfinder. Although you can't focus manually or set f-stop or shutter speed, the SD10 offers various image adjustment options, such as sharpening and vivid color, and several program modes, including an easy-to-follow panorama guide.
Canon PowerShot SD10 Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
where specified. Simple
Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH is one
of the smallest Digital ELPH Canon has put out
and is elegantly designed. Beneath its sleek and
ultra compact size are big features: 4 megapixels
resolution, F2.8 maximum aperture, 15-1/1,500
sec. shutter speed range, low-light focus-assist
illuminator, Super Macro at 3cm (1.2 in.
Excerpt: Continue on to Page Two Powershot SD10 Specifications Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash and 5.7x Digital Zoom. Image Sensor 1/2.5 inch Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) Effective Pixels Approx. 4.0 million Lens 6.4mm f/2.8 Fixed Focal Length (approximately equivalent to 39mm in 35mm format) Digital Zoom 5.7x Digital Zoom Focusing Range Normal: AF: 4 in. - Infinity/ 10cm - Infinity, Macro AF: 1.2 in. - 4 in.
a regular Digital ELPH just isn't small enough for you, then
Canon's newest and smallest model will definitely get your attention.
Keeping them same all-metal body as the other ELPHs, the PowerShot
SD10 Digital ELPH ($349 street price) is probably 1/3 the size
of the SD100 and S400. Of course, you lose the zoom lens and
optical viewfinder in the process, but those are the tradeoffs
necessary to make a camera this small. So how small is it?
Pros: Tiny, elegant metal body, Excellent photo quality for such a small camera, Quick Shot mode lets you take pictures without prefocusing, Above average performance, Impressive playback modes, AF illuminator, Optional weatherproof case, One of the best software bundles out there
Cons: Some redeye, Above average noise, several hot pixels in night test shot, Flimsy plastic door over battery/memory card compartment, More manual controls, or at least some scene modes, would be nice, No optical viewfinder or zoom lens, Movie mode looking a little dated, Pricey
Conclusion: The Canon IXUS i Zoom is a stylish digital camera that takes good photos. There is a clear issue with shutter lag although this may be overlooked if you are particularly style conscious. There are very few similar models around to give you any real choice and the IXUS i Zoom almost has the field to itself.
Summary: While Canon's ultracompact Ixus digicams have tended to be pricey and somewhat short on features, the models are invariably innovative, beautifully designed and easy to use, producing great automatic images for point-and-shooters who want compact style. It's good to see the i zoom doesn't swerve from the Ixus principles.