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Canon Powershot G10
Canon Powershot G10

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon Powershot G11.

Canon Powershot G10

We've given the G10 a grade of B-.

Editor's Review

The Canon Powershot G10 is a replacement for the popular G9 advanced point-and-shoot camera. It boasts a tremendous 14.7 megapixel sensor, 28mm wide angle lens, and support for the RAW file format. The G10 offers exceptional control for photographers interested in taking charge of their photographs, while still maintaining a convenient and comfortable design.


  • 14.7 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Lens-shift image stabilization
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • 28-140mm wide angle lens
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Secure digital memory storage
  • 3-inch LCD display
  • Part Number: PowerShot G10
  • UPC: 013803100075
  • Release Date: Oct 15, 2008

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Canon Powershot G10 Reviews

Canon Powershot G10 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
-but the G11 was just announced (jerrold Bernstein — 08/20/2009)

G10: Noisy sensor above ISO 100, poor optical viewfinder, no HD movies, no articulated LCD. All of this has been corrected in the soon to be available G11 so don't buy the G10. Having said all this-I still love my G10.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great, great camera (Peter — 08/08/2009)

This camera is great for when you want to travel light but have the creative freedom, control and quality of a DSLR. Granted nothing beats the lens quality of the big guys but this little one does a more than adequate job of keeing up.

This camera is expensive, so if you want nothing more than a point and shoot, stay at that end of the market. If you want quality, control, covenience and the ability to be creative, look into it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Factory service (Ray Hoy — 07/25/2009)

The factory service sent me the wrong camera—and won't return my G10 until I send back their (wandering) SD1100IS. Fat chance!! I need my G10 back before I let theirs go. I'm a long-time Canon fan, but this is a parting of the ways.

  • 5.0 out of 5
perfect ( — 05/16/2009)

l had done lots of research on this camera prior to purchase. It rated with the Cool Pix 500 although it had more options than the G10. I did it right and read the owners manual and then started to take pictures. It has been fun. I took a picture of a hawk sitting on a post while I was traveling at 60 mph in my SUV. It was a perfect pic (not blurry at all). I have taken low light, bright light, skyline, people in action, animals in action, macro, telephoto, everything I could shoot, I did. The features are great and all the pictures turned out great!

I am new at photography but I would be safe to say that all photographers would use this very well rounded camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Goof-Proof! (Dawn — 05/02/2009)

My friends are all envious of the photos I take. Even the ones who don't know much about photography can recognize that my photos are "nicer" than theirs. The colours are excellent, and exposure is always perfect - even with flash. I've taken some really cool photos in different lighting situations. I don't know how to use too many features yet, but even to just point and shoot, you won't be disappointed.

  • 5.0 out of 5
G10 definately steps up for the SLR owner who wants a point and shoot as well (virtualphotographers — 03/28/2009)

This is a great camera, read the reviews for the specifics of performance that validate the claim that this is the fixed lens camera for the pro on the go.

I like the camera specifically for the hand feel and placement of controls. In a way, this reminds me of some of the great small film cameras of a few years back. Simple, easy to see knobs on top select shoot program mode, ISO settings and on the back by the huge LED screen are the very familiar canon line up of on-screen controls.

if I were to nit pick... Why not shoot video in HD like the G9? And I had to get used to the optical viewfinder being offset (without a grid to adjust by) from the actual shot taken so take care when using the viewfinder in close-up or critically cropped shots

Great Camera

  • 5.0 out of 5
Satisfied (Miguel Cervantes — 03/28/2009)

Cameras don´t take pictures, people do.
After years of leaving my Leica M6 behind I can now said that I found a substitute on digital.
Canon have their own experience and tradition on digital technology while Leica had Fuji and Panasonic.
The legendary lenses that Leica had, were marvelous for film, specially for Kodachrome and Kodak Tri X.
On digital there is a combination of optics and software that you disrupt with Photoshop.
But at the end is the eye and the mind of the photographer that make the picture.
With my G10 I regain the confidence and manual handling of a rangefinder.

  • 5.0 out of 5
very good choise for that price (Baris Yurttutan — 03/11/2009)

well, I have been using canon since 10 years may be, but I have a digital camera since 3 months. it is so nice and practical, I could not belive it. of course I do not compare it with SLR camera. But if you want a good shot and have control on the shooting, than I would say go for this camera, you will not be dissapointed at all..

  • 5.0 out of 5
G10 (Michael Ging — 02/13/2009)

Great camera, that lets you shoot in manual as well as auto modes. The 14 MP is nicce too, as well as raw

  • 4.0 out of 5
Better than I expected (Ross — 01/24/2009)

I bought it with some reservations because of the size and some of the reviews regarding noise at ISO400+. So far I've been pretty satisfied with the camera. The indoor shots at night with flash are great for a point-and-shoot. The Av, Tv, and manual modes are great to have, which is something I dig since I mostly use my Canon SLR. The size isn't as compact to put in a pocket, but compared to my SLR it is better for carrying around. It fits in my jacket so I'm ok with it. I've tried pictures mostly indoors and I've been satisfied. There is noise beyond ISO 400, but which point-and-shoot doesn't? The pictures are usable. The flash is good, so in many indoor shots it can make up for the lower ISO. Tv is great for shooting in low light/indoor without flash. It doesn't do as well as my SLR, but it does it's job for what it is...a standby camera for my SLR. I'll keep this one....

  • 5.0 out of 5

I make my living as a commercial photographer and have for 42 years. I'm a master photographer and have shot for some of the words largest corporations and publications. Over the years I've shot formats from 35mm to 11x14 film and have a very good eye for top image quality and understand how it relates to camera format. When considering any camera one has to understand there are tradeoffs in image quality vs size vs convenience and speed. This is true in film and is true in digital. When I'm selecting a format / camera for a job I weigh all of these factors and select the camera that's right for the job. When I'm selecting a camera for personal use I do the same. In reading reviews of the G10 most often the person writing compares it to a favorite DSLR. This is like comparing my 35mm Leica to my 4x5 Sinar. These are two totally different instruments for two totally different applications. Sorry but the same is true in comparing a mini sensor P&S with a full feature large sensor digital camera. Let's be real with our expectations. The G10 is no 1DsIII by any stretch of the imagination but I can't slip my full size Canons into my vest pocket and I can't use 600mm lenses on my G10. Noise at high ISO is obvious but so is the grain in high speed 35mm film. I could go on all day pointing out the differences but facts are facts, these are two totally different instruments with each doing a superb job for what they were designed to do. The second fact is there is no one perfect digital camera for every occasion just as there is no one single camera / format in film for every job.

My expectations were high for the G10 and I certainly have not been disappointed. However, I am realistic and know the limits and work within them. I do not expect the G10 to look like a Hasselblad H3DII 50mp camera or 8x10 scanned film. With this in mind I absolutely love the camera and have some remarkable results even at 1600 ISO. No regrets from me and I would buy another if something happened to the one I have.

Superb camera and images!

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera......just needs a cmos now (sharon — 10/17/2008)

i have owned both the g7 and the g9 previously to just getting the g10. i must say for someone like me who wants all that a dslr can do, but without all the weight and bulkiness...this is about as close as it will get. i would like to see a dslr cmos chip in it though. i also like all the new features they have added and how easily the ones i will need the most are easily accessible on the top of the camera itself instead of having to go to the menu to find them.

let's face it no camera is going to be everything to everyone. this camera will serve those who want something as small as a point and shoot, but with all the bells and whistles of a dslr without all the bulk and weight.

i had read someone elses opinion on another site that canon is sitting on the fence with the g10 trying to keep the point and shoot people happy and the dslr people happy, but by doing this, neither will be happy. i agree with that person in one should get off the fence and make this camera one that has the same qualities as a dslr, but in a much smaller package. there are enough point and shoot & dslr cameras out there to choose from. now how about a true compact prosumer camera that is as good as any dslr.

having said all this...i still really like this camera for what it can do. i have tried many cameras, but keep going back to the g series for what they offer. i have gotten really good pics from them as well as some bad ones, but then you can also get that with dslr's. it takes two....the camera and the person taking the pics to make great photos....

i am just a simple amateur who wants a camera that will take great pics like everyone else does.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great in-between camera (L Holmes — 10/17/2008)

I wasn't quite ready to pay the $$$ for an SLR, but I was frustrated with my basic point-and-shoot camera. So I upgraded to the G10, and it meets my needs well. While it works fine out of the box, it really shines when you use the Manual settings. I'm finally able to get the sharp, balanced, saturated photos I'd been trying and failing to get before. I find it's a little noisy at 400+, but far better than what the old 400 film used to be. I tweak my indoor shots with noise-reduction software for a flawless finish. The wide-angle-to-telephoto lens is a big plus as well. All in all, I'm very pleased and think this is probably as good as it gets this side of an SLR.

  • 4.0 out of 5

No question about it! This camera is a great camera, but I guess the people at Canon could have done a much better job. Upgrading from an already great camera like the G9 had to be a very difficult task, but leaving great features out is a poor decision on their part. 5X zoom instead of 6X (addition of wider angle 28mm is great, but don't sacrifice telephoto 210mm). Movie resolution also sacrificied from 1024 X 768 back to 640 X 480. I guess they are not ready, or don't want to be ready for a high res. movie/still camera combo. Cosmetics don't look as good as the previous G9 (kind of funny: it took a while to get used to the design of the prevous models and now they redesign it for worse). The new battery is great at twice the amps, but what about the people that invested lots of $'s on the previous NB-2LH batteries...not good for the consumer. Conclusion, the camera is a great addition to the Canon's digital arsenal, but they could have done a much better job.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very Nice, used to have the G9 (E. Rodgers — 10/08/2008)

I would say it's not worth the upgrade from the G9 for most people, but I love the new features on this camera. The viewfinder is much improved. Servo AF is a welcome addition. 28mm equivalent focal length is a big plus for me. The most noticeable improvement is the LCD and interface. Much higher resolution LCD, as well as a tremendous navigation speed improvement over the G9. Images zoom and move fluidly, and start-up and shut-down times are dramatically better.

This would be the most desirable camera ever if they put in a better sensor. Noise is like the G9, but I feel like the digic chip is over-doing the noise reduction, from 200 ISO up.

How about a CMOS sensor about twice as large? :)

I'm very happy with my purchase overall.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Newbie with a new camera (K.Detmers — 10/06/2008)

I just got my canon G10 and I am in love. I went otside and took a couple shots on the macro setting and I am very happy with the way they turned out. Crisp,clear easy to shoot. I am such a beginner but this was real impressive right out of the box. I like the photo editing software it came with too. So far so good! Obviously I have a lot to learn about this camera but oh the possibilities with this one.