Canon PowerShot G10 Review

October 27, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 19 Comments |

Canon PowerShot G10The brand new PowerShot G10 is the most expensive and most feature-rich model in Canon’s extensive range of compact cameras. The G-series has long been the preserve of the keen enthusiast looking for a serious photographic tool that can still be easily slipped into a coat pocket. The new Canon G10 continues that tradition, adding even more advanced features into the mix, including a bigger 14.7 megapixel sensor, higher resolution 3 inch LCD screen, 5x wide-angle zoom lens, and dedicated Exposure Compensation dial. It also retains all of the key photographer-friendly features from the G9 - RAW format, PASM shooting modes, optical viewfinder, flash hotshoe and image stabilisation are all present and correct. With a recommended price-tag of £449 / $499, does the Canon PowerShot G10 offer enough to justify the expense? Mark Goldstein found out…

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#1 John Stitt

NiceTechnical review of camera features , but sorely missing some critical information such as 1)are the C1, C2 (custom setting functions) retained? 2) what is the high ei prerformance like, 3) has canon addressed the dust inside the lens situation of the G9. 4)did not mention the ability to edit RAW photos with Canon's Professional software.5) no mention of the amount of barrel distortion at wide angle. 6) does this camera take the same filter adapter as the G9? Need a lot more shooting performance review with examples to be what I would consider a good review.

The review really did not address anything I could not see looking at the camera at a store.

1:56 pm - Monday, October 27, 2008

#2 Nick

Thanks for the early review. But I am a little puzzled as to why you gave it 'Highly recommended' when your conclusions says "ultimately it fails to get our wholehearted recommendation ..."

Doesn't make sense to me!
Nick

2:01 pm - Monday, October 27, 2008

#3 Michael

What about the aperture range ,you are only listing the biggest f stop ,what is the smallest?
I hear that the G9 had only f8 as smallest?any comment?

9:22 pm - Monday, October 27, 2008

#4 Nicholas Cohen

I purchased the G10 as a back-up to my Nikon D300 on the day your review was published (I think I was one of the 1st purchasers in Australia to do so). The review was very accurate, though I've not had time to fully explore the camera's potential.

I don't agree with John Stitt. No visit to a camera store that I have made would reveal the extent of noise at higher ISO settings, or the relative softness of the lens. While on the subject of 'sharpness', I don't see how the sharpness can be increased in the "My Colour" mode. The camera only allows you to vary the saturation / hue - not the level of sharpness applied.

For Michael's benefit, the minimum aperture is f.8 which I think is not all that great, but this is the first compact camera that I have owned.

3:20 am - Tuesday, October 28, 2008

#5 AA

I agree with #2 -

I just held it in my hand today - the thing is a solid mass, very heavy, and you'll need the neck strap. It feels like a well built, rock-solid heavy machine.

But to hear that the image quality is so-so is a surprise. It sure is a nice feeling, nice looking camera though. For those that like to fidget with buttons and controls, this camera would be fun.

But the image quality issue does it away for me.

5:56 am - Wednesday, October 29, 2008

#6 Israel Magalit

You say

"It ultimately fails to gain our whole-hearted recommendation"

and yet you give it the "Highly Recommended" award.

I'm confused.

edit: just read that someone else made the same comment.

4:11 am - Thursday, October 30, 2008

#7 Tim

The aperture limitation is similar on the competing cameras (P6000, LX3). With such a small sensor you start getting diffraction sooner than with a DSLR.

My interpretation of the "ultimately fails": it's great for a P&S;, but falls down in low light. Perhaps that's valid since the price puts it near entry level DSLRs, but for someone who HAS a DSLR and wants a capable pocket camera this just isn't that big an issue. Compared with the current competition the high iso performance seems pretty comparable (and it's WAY better than my Coolpix 990!)

1:56 pm - Thursday, October 30, 2008

#8 Marco

Is it worth to buy Canon G9 even if G10 is sold?

9:52 am - Monday, November 3, 2008

#9 Ash Amliwala

Thank you Mark. It is good review and has helped me make my mind up about buying the camera.
It was a good technical review with useful comments for the user to make up their minds as to the capabilities of the camera.
Keep it up.

4:44 pm - Wednesday, November 5, 2008

#10 Dirk

Thank you for an excellent in-depth review. I especially like the demonstrative images used, and references to other comparable cameras in the conclusion.

2:25 am - Saturday, November 8, 2008

#11 Peter Skinner

I found the review pretty thorough and reading it with camera in hand was helpful.I intend using this camera as a backup for my higher end DSLRs (Nikons)when I am not inspired enough to take all my heavy DSLR stuff, which is when photo ops are more likely to appear. However, and my apologies if I didn't spot it, I didn't see any mention of the fact that RAW cannot be used in Auto mode (it can in everything else). This is also not mentioned, that I can find, in the manual either until you look on Page 300 where it's listed in the table of available functions. As RAW is so useful, how it can be accessed etc. should be highlighted. I spent an inordinate amount of time until I spotted the line item in the manual.A P&S;camera is not going to replace a DLSR for everything, but this is a pretty good back up. Thanks. Peter Skinner

9:24 am - Thursday, November 20, 2008

#12 Robin Barker

Please, has anyone managed to adjust 'in camera sharpening' in the My Colours mode or any other mode? I think Canon expect you to adjust sharpening in DPP but I hope I'm wrong. My spirits were raised when the review made reference to the facility but it has beaten me and one or two others I think.

1:00 pm - Saturday, November 22, 2008

#13 Tim

It's well hidden, but sharpening is in there. Under My Colors you have to select "Custom Color", and then hit the Disp button to make individual adjustments like sharpness and contrast.

3:30 pm - Saturday, November 22, 2008

#14 Rene

Hi,

I am very happy with g10, compared to my old ixy1000 it is a great improvement. More like a proper camera.

Underwater settings (tropical between 10m-30m depth), does anyone have any favorit settings for manual custom settings underwater? I like to use manual custom settings, since it allows me to adjust whitebalance before each picture.

Thanks,
Cheers Rene

6:38 am - Tuesday, January 6, 2009

#15 zillion

G10 is a middle end digital camera between powershot and EOS in my opinion, with a simple small body and with a complex construct & functions, supple hot shoe and high plex, use a hight capacity batteries nearly the bp-511. Price not very high, you can buy a replacement accessories like replacement np-7l in http://www.canon-digital-camera-battery.co.uk/batteries/canon-powershot-g10.htm, this prove that this camera model is already popular to people's life.

5:29 am - Saturday, March 21, 2009

#16 Ulf

Ok, why is your photos so terrible out of focus.

11:54 pm - Thursday, June 4, 2009

#17 Ali

This review is really useful and thorough - thank you. I'm just finding my way around my G10 and there are some very helpful hints in there!

4:05 pm - Friday, July 10, 2009

#18 Danny

I saw a G10 in the store on the street. I thought it was a cool thing too share.

9:24 pm - Sunday, January 23, 2011

#19 Dougie. New Zealand.

I purchased the Canon G10 in Auckland NZ 2009. This camera has served me very well knocking out outstanding images time after time. Some have been so outstanding it was like an SLR took the photos. I use this camera in manual and RAW + Jpeg most of the time and use the low Iso settings as much as possible with mostly center and spot metering. I have studied this camera over the years and know its function like the back of my hand. Yes you do get fringing and noise with some settings but with the correct setting and a little care this can be over come. This camera is a gem in the right hands prducing stunning images in a compact body. Will not part with it. Best investment I made.

Dougie from New Zealand.

9:17 am - Sunday, August 11, 2013