Canon PowerShot G10

Overall rating 4 stars
4 from 7 reviews
F2.8 - F4.5
aspherical lens
Optical Zoom
The name of the lens
Focal length (35mm equivalent)
28 - 140 mm
The number of optical elements
The number of groups optical elements
F2.8 - F4.5
aspherical lens
Optical Zoom:
The name of the lens:
Focal length (35mm equivalent):
28 - 140 mm
The number of optical elements:
The number of groups optical elements:


Overall rating 4 stars
7 reviews
Overall rating stars
December 13, 2008


Thanks for the review Clive. Alas, your conclusions are pretty much as I feared. The G10 is, for me, very nearly the perfect high end compact camera and I’m itching to buy one. The only thing stopping me is the desire for a larger sensor/fewer megapixels and a faster lens – both hinted at by your review. I can only hope that the advent of the LX3 and Micro 4/3rds will nudge Canon towards both in their next iteration of the G series – with any luck Canon will take that last step in realising the ultimate G series – surely they can see it will be a killer camera. In the meantime the proposed Olympus Micro 4/3rds looks really interesting, or maybe Santa will bring me an LX3.
Lastly, why wasn’t there a G4 or G8 – I’m intrigued (sad I know!).

Overall rating stars
December 13, 2008


Noise starts showing at ISO100, ISO400 is only usable for small prints and you give it 9 out of 10 mark for image quality? Oh, please…

If only they’ve used 10 Mpix CCD or CMOS sensor, like in LX3, and this could be the winner.

Overall rating stars
December 14, 2008



I couldn’t agree more with your opinion on the iso noise, the LX3 is far superior, the car picture difference is like night and day. It’s the sunny vs cloudy outside pictures that make the G10 seem to take better outside pics (well that and a bit more zoom)

I personally am very tempted by the LX3

Overall rating stars
December 15, 2008


Who’s Clive?

There was no G4 because the word “four” in both Mandarin Chinese and Japanese sounds very much like the word for “death” and is considered unlucky, while “G8” in Mandarin apparently sounds a lot like a very rude slang name for a certain male body part located in the trouser region. That’s probably worth remembering if you’re planning a holiday in northern China anytime soon.

Overall rating stars
January 4, 2009


If you can afford the Canon PowerShot G10 then go for it. It’s a stunning little compact camera. I was going to buy the Canon PowerShot G9 in 2008, but my first impression was “Toy” which was poorly built when compared to the 3 Canon EOS 1D&#8217s I currently own and use for my sports photography work. I’m glad I didn’t buy the Canon PowerShot G9 because late in 2008 Canon then released the Canon PowerShot G10. The weight and build quality makes it feel worth the money and compatible with the high end equipment I currently own.

I’ve also got a Canon PowerShot S80 which although rather good, I’ve hardly used and I realised why when I started to use the Canon PowerShot G10 – it’s because I can adjust the shooting mode, exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO with a turn of a dial rather than using on screen menus. Only one slight draw back is that to alter the shutter speed and aperture requires pressing a button and turning a dial whilst looking at the rear screen.

I’ve tried using my Canon Flashes on the &#8220hot shoe&#8221 but have found the 580’s I own make the camera top heavy and difficult to handle for those holiday shots etc. So I purchased a simple Vivitar DF22-C flash at &#16359 which is a simple ETTL unit and shoots well as a fill in flash but not for close up work. I&#8217ve found that the in build flash is more than suitable for the close up work.

The RAW images are extremely good quality for a Compact Camera but are obviously limited by the size of the sensor and apertures of the small lens, although they are still very usable and saleable images. I was rather surprised when I saw that some of my images shot in RAW had file sizes of 20mb and higher. I&#8217m glad I purchased the 8 GB card which can give over 1200 shots in fully auto mode or just under 400 shots in RAW mode. It will also shoot just over 96 minutes of low quality video and sound on the 8 GB card if that&#8217s what floats your boat.

The rear screen is the same size as the EOS 1D MKIII screen and is perfectly suitable for analysing test images to make corrections for the final shots. I’ve also purchased a cable release which is a good idea for those longer shutter speeds.

If you have time and want to use Canon&#8217s numerous photo modes then you&#8217ll find many styles when set to the &#8220SCN&#8221 mode. Some of which include the obvious &#8220portrait&#8221 and &#8220landscape&#8221 modes along with &#8220night scene&#8221, &#8220sport&#8221, &#8220night snapshot&#8221, &#8220kids & pets&#8221, &#8220indoors&#8221, &#8220sunset&#8221, &#8220foliage&#8221, &#8220snow&#8221, &#8220beach&#8221, &#8220fireworks, &#8220aquarium&#8221 and &#8220underwater&#8221. All of which I&#8217ve still to test out but I&#8217m sure someone will find useful. You&#8217ll also find that you can set the ISO to 3200 which will allow shooting in very low light conditions with very grainy but good quality results.

In summary, as a Sport Photographer it&#8217s not going to be used for my high speed work. Because it is still a compact camera albeit a rather good quality and top end compact camera, it still suffers with shutter lag (i.e. under certain conditions if you press the button it appears to take a lifetime to shoot the image). However, I&#8217m still extremely impressed with my purchase as a handy, carry around easily; everyday camera which I can use for snaps or extremely high quality still photographs, both landscape and portrait. Noise can be a problem at times but to me modern programs can reduce this to acceptable tolerances. The battery life is extremely good and is on a par with the 4 EOS cameras I currently own.

Overall rating stars
July 4, 2009


I’ve owned my G10 for a few weeks, but I’m still amazed at the qualty of the images it produces. I have printed iso 200 images at 13″ x 19″ and the prints are as good as my 50D prints at this size. This camera would be hard to beat as a walk around shooter. If you purchase one you will be pleasantly surpised with the results. BTW it’s built like a tank! It took the G10 to make me want to replace my G3, which is still going strong.

Overall rating stars
December 27, 2009


The G10 is a fantastic compact, as was the G9. How anyone (rhodopsin) can say the G9 was a toy is totally beyond me, but there you go. The best improvement for me from the G9, is the compensation dial and the slightly wider lens. I’ve found the images sensational, although ISO at 200 is pushing it a bit, anything above are virtually useless for a noiseless picture. The flash I’ve found is perfectly adequate for a compact, although I have used my 580ex with no trouble, apart from being obviously a unbalanced with the small body. It’s ridiculous to compare a compact like this to a top end dlsr like the 1d series, so won’t even go there. If you want a compact camera with all the trimmings that you WILL USE, then look no further, but if you just want a point and shoot set mainly on auto, then the Panasonic TZ7 is probabl;y a better buy.

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Aperture F2.8 - F4.5
Features aspherical lens
Optical Zoom 5x
The name of the lens Canon
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 28 - 140 mm
The number of optical elements 11
The number of groups optical elements 9
Possibility of installation of interchangeable nozzles Yes
Manual focus Yes
Face detection Yes
The AF illuminator Yes
The minimum shooting distance 0.01 m
Power connector Yes
Battery capacity 400 photographs
Number of batteries 1
The format of batteries your own
Camera type digital
Size 1/1.7"
Crop factor 4.55
Sensitivity 80 - 1600 ISO, Auto ISO
Maximum resolution 4416 x 3312
The type of matrix СCD
The total number of pixels 15 million
The number of effective pixels 14.7 million
Excerpt 15 - 1/4000 with
Metering center-weighted, common (Evaluative), spot
Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3-step increments
Exposure bracketing Yes
Automatic processing of the exposition with shutter priority, aperture-priority
Manual setting of shutter speed and aperture Yes
Flash built-in, up to 4.60 m, the suppression of red eye, Shoe, E-TTL
White balance auto, manual, from the list
Image stabilizer (photography) optical, movable element in the lens
Shooting modes
Macro Yes
Timer Yes
The timer 2, 10, custom installation c
Speed shooting 1.3 frame./sec
The frame format (photography) 4:3, 16:9
Size and weight
Size 109x78x46 mm
Weight 350 g, excluding batteries
Memory and interfaces
Interfaces USB 2.0, video, audio, connector for remote control
Image formats 3 JPEG, RAW
Type of memory cards SD, SDHC, MMCPlus, HC MMCPlus
Record video and audio
Video codecs MPEG4
Sound recording Yes
Video recording Yes
Record audio comments Yes
Format video recording MOV
Maximum resolution videos 640x480
The maximum frame rate of the video 30 fps
Viewfinder and LCD screen
LCD screen 461000 pixels, 3 inches
Viewfinder optical
Using the screen as a viewfinder Yes
Other functions and features
Announced 2008-09-17
Equipment battery, charger, strap, USB cable, AV cable, CD with software, manual
Digital Zoom 4x
Additional features tripod mount, remote control, orientation sensor, computer control
Additional information the video recording time - up to 4Gb or 1H
Date of commencement of sales 2008-10-01
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