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...

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Overall rating:


Canon PowerShot G10

Overall score:91%
Image Quality:90%


  • Overall image quality, bright and detailed LCD screen, styling, fast operation


  • Bulky, poor control over fringing


Canon PowerShot G10 Review


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Image Quality

Canon G10: Image Quality

Canon G10 review – Exposure And Tone

The Canon G10’s metering system delivers pleasing results, with balanced exposures. Images have good, natural colour, and aren’t quite as heavily saturated as those from the Nikon P6000. This neutrality means that it may not be as good for ‘print-ready’ JPEGs as that camera, but more suitable for post-processing.

Canon G10 review – White Balance

The white balance system of the Canon G10 performs consistently, with neutral results. Outdoors in daylight, the system often turned in slightly cold results but not to any degree of concern.

Canon G10 review – Detail And Sharpness

On lower sensitivities the Canon G10 can record a high level of detail, though they benefit from a little sharpening if they are to be used immediately. One area where the Canon G10 falls short is with its control over chromatic aberrations, with many of its images displaying this in both low- and high-contrast areas.

Canon G10 review – Image Noise

The levels of noise in images is better controlled than on ‘standard’ compacts, but less so than on an average DSLR. Noise begins to be noticeable at around ISO 400, and continues to worsen after this point. Overall, though, images are clean and detailed and suitable for post-processing.


  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Design & Performance
  3. 3. Image Quality
  4. 4. Verdict
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