The Canon Powershot G10 features a 14.7MP sensor, Raw shooting and range of manual controls. It also boasts compatibility with external flashguns, but is it a viable alternative to the DSLR? The What Digital Camera Canon PowerShot G10 review reveals all...
Canon G10 review – Features
Instead of the Highlight Tone Priority feature seen on Canon’s range of DSLRs, the Canon G10 has included a new i-Contrast setting that optimises dynamic range for the benefit of shadow detail. As with the previous Canon PowerShot G9, the sensor allows for a standard sensitivity range of ISO 80-1600, though an ISO 3200 function also sits among the camera’s scene modes, taking images at a reduced resolution. Control over noise reduction isn’t possible in the camera itself, though the supplied Digital Photo Professional software allows individual control over reduction of both luminance and chroma noise, along with all other main Raw processing options.
Canon G10 review – Lens
Aside from the resolution and processor, the other fundamental change from the Canon PowerShot G9 is the Canon G10’s lens. The new optic delivers an equivalent focal range of 28-140mm compared with the 35-210mm range that was offered by the Canon PowerShot G9. The lens construction includes one double-sided aspherical element, with Canon’s image-stabilising (IS) system also built in to help prevent unwanted camera shake.
Canon G10 Review – Motion Detection Technology
Also helping to prevent camera shake is the Canon G10’s new Motion Detection technology, which helps to detect movement of both the subject and the camera, adjusting the focus or exposure as is necessary. This works in conjunction with a High ISO Auto mode, which essentially increases the sensitivity to the required level, while a more standard Auto ISO option biases towards the lower end of the sensitivity scale.
Canon G10 Review – LCD Screen
As well as offering a viewfinder, Canon also follows Ricoh’s and Panasonic’s example in offering an enhanced-resolution, 3in LCD screen with a 461,000-dot resolution. As on previous G series models, we also see a built-in ND grad filter for landscape shots, which reduces exposure by around three stops, plus a 30fps movie mode.