PowerShot G10 updates Canon's advanced compact

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  1. David Rasnake

    David Rasnake News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    Canon provided details this evening concerning its latest entry into the advanced compact camera class with the official launch of the Canon PowerShot G10.

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    Building on the basic platform set forth in the previous G9, the G10 features a 14.7 megapixel CCD imager, a new 5x zoom lens, and a high-resolution LCD.

    The flagship compact is among the first PowerShot models to get Canon's latest DIGIC IV image processor. The addition offers some key upgrades, including face detection that's further improved and an increase in overall camera performance and shooting speed.

    To this end, the G10 also further expands the raw shooting capabilities set out in the G9. The latest G camera's raw files are now fully compatible with Canon's Digital Photo Professional raw conversion and workflow software. Of course, the new model is capable of JPEG capture as well.

    The G10 gets a lens that's not as wide-ranging as the one on its predecessor, but may have more appeal nonetheless. Whereas the G9 sports a 6x lens, the G10's 5x, optically stabilized glass reaches all the way out to a 28mm wide-angle end – significantly wider than the G9's spec.

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    Control arrangement on the G10 is similar to the G9's setup, with a few key changes. Most notably, the new camera adds an additional dedicated exposure control dial on the left-hand side of the top deck, moving the ISO control that used to sit in this location to a position atop the mode dial.

    Out back, users will find a new 3.0 inch, 460K dot LCD in addition to an optical viewfinder. The new screen represents another significant step forward when compared to the G9, adding twice as much resolution and an additional half-inch to the G camera's screen specs.

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    As with its predecessor, the G10 permits high-sensitivity shooting at full resolution up to ISO 1600, or smaller captures at ISO 3200 via the camera's High Sensitivity shooting mode.

    Overall, the G10 is logical, a progressive upgrade rather than a paradigm shift. There's no CMOS sensor, no outrageous high-ISO shooting, no drastic changes to the basic G camera look and layout with the G10. Instead, Canon has announced a conservative, well-speced upgrade that should compete favorably with competitive cameras from Nikon and Panasonic – if not completely outclass them, as many rumors had predicted.

    The PowerShot G10 is expected in stores next month. MSRP has been set at $499.99.

    Canon PowerShot G1 Specifications:

    Sensor 14.7 megapixel (effective), 1/1.7" CCD
    Lens/Zoom 5x (28-140mm) zoom, f/2.8-4.5
    LCD/Viewfinder 3.0", 461K-dot TFT LCD; optical viewfinder
    Sensitivity ISO 80-1600 (3200 at reduced resolution)
    Shutter Speed 15-1/1400
    Shooting Modes Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, Scene, Custom 1/2, Movie
    Scene Presets

    Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Night Scene, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Indoor

    White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
    Metering Modes Evaluative, Center-Weighted, Spot
    Focus Modes Face Detection, One-Point AF
    Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self Timer
    Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Reduction
    Self Timer Settings
    10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
    Memory Formats SD, SDHC
    Internal Memory
    None
    File Formats JPEG, RAW, AVI
    Max. Image Size 4416x3312
    Max. Video Size
    640x480, 30 fps
    Zoom During Video Not Specified
    Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion
    Connections USB 2.0, AV output
    Additional Features DIGIC IV processor, raw shooting, wide-angle lens, optical image stabilization
     
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    what a waste of MP, what a disappointment. I was hoping for less MP and a bigger sensor.
     
  3. AaronM

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    I was hoping for the return of the pivoting screen
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    I don't think it makes sense to decrease MP, but it certainly would be nice if they can use a bigger sensor.

    Isn't one of the latest Panasonics uses a huge sensor?
     
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    Re: PowerShot G10 LCD Monitor

    As an owner of the Canon Powershot G9, I was puzzled by the site administrator's description of the G10's new LCD monitor. He gives the impression that the monitor's size, if I understand the wording correctly, is a half inch bigger than that of the G9's:

    "Out back, users will find a new 3.0 inch, 460K dot LCD in addition to an optical viewfinder. The new screen represents another significant step forward when compared to the G9, adding twice as much resolution and an additional half-inch to the G camera's screen specs.

    In actuality, the new LCD monitor is only bigger in the amount of LCD pixels. The monitor size on the G10 remains the same as it is on the G9 - three inches.

    According to Canon's website, the G9's specs for the monitor are as follows:

    Viewfinder
    Real image optical zoom viewfinder
    LCD Monitor
    3.0 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
    LCD Pixels
    Approx. 230,000 pixels
    LCD Coverage
    100%

    Hope this corrects the error.
     
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