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Canon Powershot SX10IS 10MP Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • MovieSnap mode lets you capture high-resolution still images while shooting a movie
  • 20x optical zoom, wide-angle lens and Optical Image Stabilizer , improved speed and quiet zooming
  • 10.0-megapixel resolution for high-quality printing and flexibility when editing
  • 2.5-inch Vari-angle LCD and DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves Face Detection
  • 20x optical zoom, wide-angle lens and Optical Image Stabilizer; improved speed and quiet zooming
  • 2.5-inch Vari-angle LCD; DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves Face Detection
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.4 x 3.5 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001G5ZTZO
  • Item model number: SX10IS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,644 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 17, 2008

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Whether the action is fast or slow, close up or far away, you’ll always get the shot you want with the PowerShot SX10 IS. This camera puts you on the cutting edge of advanced technology, with an incredibly powerful 20x optical zoom, 10-megapixel resolution, and new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high-performance face and motion detection.

PowerShot SX10IS Highlights

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20x optical zoom in action
Stay close to the action with a 20x Optical Zoom, wide-angle lens and Optical Image Stabilizer
The PowerShot SX10 IS is equipped with a 20x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 5.0-100mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-560mm) that allows you to shoot any scene from wide-angle to telephoto. The camera uses a VCM (Voice Coil Motor) for high-speed, quiet, energy-efficient lens movement with precise control. Focal length is conveniently indicated on the lens barrel.

The lens is optimized to fully exploit its zoom length and wide shooting angle in concert with the camera’s high 10.0-megapixel resolution. UD glass effectively suppresses chromatic aberration, while enhanced negative refractive power ensures that distortion at the wide-angle is also corrected. Further aberration is controlled with the inclusion of a double-sided aspherical glass-molded lens and ultra-high refraction index lens.
Canon digital camera highlights

Powerful 10.0-megapixel resolution for greater printing and editing
The PowerShot SX10 IS is equipped with many of the same features as a higher-end camera: an ultrapowerful zoom, eye-popping resolution and advanced picture-improving technology. 10.0 megapixels of resolution give your photography incomparable depth and ensure that any section of any shot can be enlarged and cropped with no loss in quality when you edit the image and even in large printout. It creates crisp, clear 13 x 19-inch posters.

Canon digital camera highlights
2.5-inch Vari-angle LCD for flexible viewing at nearly every angle
The camera’s 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera’s menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light. It also has an electronic viewfinder that provides sharp images when you shoot close-up with Super Macro shooting mode.

New DIGIC 4 Image Processor improves Face Detection, adds Servo AF, Face Detection Self-Timer and Intelligent Contrast Correction

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon’s proprietary DIGIC Image Processors have long set its cameras apart from the competition, and the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

A new Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. For instance, to include photographer’s face in a group shot, there’s no need to rush in. Just put the camera on a stand or tripod, and specify Face Self-Timer, and the camera will wait for the photographer’s face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. Motion Detection now tracks moving subjects in a much larger range, and the new Servo AF retains focus on a moving subject after the shutter button is pressed halfway -- allowing you to wait for the perfect shot without refocusing. Also, Face Detection and Motion Detection are markedly improved.

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Intelligent Contrast Correction
Intelligent Contrast Correction
DIGIC 4 also makes possible the new i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, which controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The PowerShot SX10 IS can even use i-Contrast in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the setting activated.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures.
1) The Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken.
2) The SX10 IS can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback. 3) You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the SX10 IS features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility. ISO can be expanded to 3200 when you select ISO 3200 Special Scene mode.

MovieSnap mode lets you capture high-resolution still images while shooting a movie
With Movie Snap, you’ll never miss a perfect still shot just because you’re in the middle of shooting a movie. Simply press the shutter to record a high-resolution still. The PowerShot SX10 IS supports the MOV video format which reduces data volume by approximately 60 percent. This allows you to record longer movies while maintaining optimal image quality.

A wide range of shooting modes to capture anything
Now you’re free to concentrate on what really counts--your subject. With the large, simple-to-operate Mode Dial, all you have to do is turn to the setting that best matches the scene you’re viewing through the lens. The PowerShot SX10 IS does the rest. It chooses the perfect exposure, aperture and flash. Or, if you want to flex your creative muscles, choose Manual Control and do it all yourself. You’ve got Special Scenes Modes to handle a wide range of common shooting situations--effortlessly.

With 24 Shooting Modes including 11 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading
The PowerShot SX10 IS's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the SX10 IS to a Canon PIXMA Photo Printer or SELPHY Compact Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Print your own ID photos in up to 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printer.

What's in the Box
  • PowerShot SX10 IS Camera Body
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood LH-DC50
  • Neck Strap NS-DC4
  • 4 AA-type Alkaline Batteries
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Solution Disk
  • User Guide

Product Description

Whether the action is fast or slow, close up or far away, you'll always get the shot you want with the PowerShot SX10 IS. This camera puts you on the cutting edge of advanced technology, with an incredibly powerful 20x optical zoom, 10-megapixel resolution, and new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high-performance face and motion detection.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I got a raggity old beat up Cannon SX10IS Power…I went out in Downtown Towson, Maryland taking pictures of whatever I fancied and most of the pictures taken were beautiful. Read more ›
I've been using my new camera for around two years now, and have no problems whatsoever. The images are consistently clear and sharp, even in low light. The zoom is, of… Read more ›
With this camera, you can have confidence that you will not miss the…The Image Stabilizer works great on the long zoom shots, and the auto focus keeps the pictures sharp. Read more ›
My wife has a hundred buck camera of…Most of her color tones are better, out of focus shots are fewer and most of her shots are as good and a lot of them are better. Fo… Read more ›
Pictures turn out crisp and clear, timer feature works incredibly well. Action shots and still shots alike are clear. I love this camera!!! Read more ›
Pro: Sunny outdoor shots are sharp and have great color, 20X zoom, image stabilization is adequate, battery life. Read more ›
It fulfilled my requirements and I have been quite pleased with it. The features are easy to use and the pictures are clear and bright. I can change all of the settings to… Read more ›
I am still learning some…The Automatic mode works well, but some of the deer pictures work better using other settings due to the low light level when they come out to eat. Read more ›
I have been very pleased with the camera. Features are awesome, too. I love the red eye reduction, and the options of cropping right from the camera (so now computer needed.) Read more ›
All controls are easy to find and use. Very little learning required. Read more ›
I have gotten so many compliments on the shots I have taken with this camera already. The macro and supermacro modes are outstanding, as is the portrait mode. They both… Read more ›
This camera has an abundance of features and uses power accordingly. The camera has features that are not well covered in the user manual. Trial and error is the answer. Read more ›
But it takes good enough photos to blow up to 8x10, and if I learn more about digital photography I'm sure I will get better photos out of it. The zoom is great. I didn't… Read more ›
The processor is decent for the camera that it is which is a very begininger digital…The zoom is really awesome it is nice to be able to have the range that the lens does. Read more ›
This is an awesome camera for those who wish they were more into photography but are not quite ready to…The 20x zoom is great and the quality of the shots you get is great. Read more ›
I love being able to fold out the LCD and hold the camera over my head or down by my knees and see what I am photographing. The zoom is awesome! However the video although… Read more ›
The only downsides so far are trying to keep up with the lens cap, and inability to place a protective lens on the front of the lens. The 20X zoom is awesome! Read more ›
I bought it on the recommendation of a friend who has one, and it does…The 20x zoom is perfect the the sports mode which I tried out at the beach, works perfectly. The… Read more ›
this is one of the best cameras i have used--takes great pictures and is easy to use. i would recomend this camera;;you will love it Read more ›
This is a great camera and very easy to use. The computer program comes with and makes loading the pictures on my computer very easy. Read more ›
If you ever want to start photography as a hobby, the Power Shot is it ! easy to use, many features......used it for many years, now it is time to upgrade ! Read more ›
I'm still working on finding better lighting solutions,…I love the pictures I have taken with this camera, and it's easy enough to use that I don't feel like an idiot. :) Read more ›
Well the camera is really good, I got it second hand but was almost new, it is easy to use and the pictures look great. Read more ›
Wild as it seems I did some heavy research not wanting to spend $500.00…I am as amature as they come so this was extremely easy to use,also for the price it is heavy duty. Read more ›
Well it took us a little bit to figure the flash but the pictures are amazing..an we are able to view on our phonrs, an smart tv. An the video is great as well. Was the… Read more ›
Well, this camera has lots of zoom (20X), good for taking shots of…The video is very good, and the stereo sound is far, far better than my older point and shoot camera. N… Read more ›
Gone are the green ghoul eyes. The video is as crisp as the photos. The sound recording on video is clear, too. Read more ›
I use this during my…I even took pics during Chicago air show and it came perfect... The video is also great and I took some great pics when I shot video using this... Read more ›
There are way too many great functions on this camera for me to list. I didn't buy this camera for the video but the video is fantastic as well. I was actually shocked the… Read more ›
Vary good camera for the average photo taker, the user guide is a little hard to follow but once through it you can create some great pictures, also the video mode works… Read more ›
The Raynox macro conversion lens is a great addition to this camera, btw, and has given me some great macro shots. It does not require an adapter to be used with the camera. Read more ›
But who needs to with wide angle, macro, supermacro and 560mm zoom capability? For a slr equivalent the weight is actually lighter because the lens is more compact. It… Read more ›
The video function on this camera is also very good and has…The wide angle lens is incredible for capturing ALOT of detail a big scene or the large facade of a building. Read more ›
But, as Canon has explained to me, you correct your exposures with the editing software…I love the zoom range, the lens is perfect for all photo opportunities & situations. Read more ›
The camera's IS feature allows you to hand hold the camera and still get good shots at this focal length in good lighting. The 28mm short end of the lens is quite good too. Read more ›
Others have complained that the lens cap is easy to lose ... but I got so used to putting my Canon A1's lens cap in my pocket as soon as I took it off (it didn't have a… Read more ›
I tried Panasonic and Kodak in between my last 2 Canons just for having a…The Vary-Angle LCD is a great plus even though I use mostly the viewfinder to extend battery life. Read more ›
Everything is better than I expected, even the battery life -- I use rechargeable. The swivel LCD is fantastic! Now I can't imagine having a camera without one. Read more ›
The swivel LCD is awesome. I can take low and high shots w/out having to be at eye level w/ the camera. Read more ›
Overall, the camera has a lot of strong points - LCD is bright and the swivel helps get a lot of shots that would be impossible otherwise. Previewing manual mode shots is… Read more ›
Use the camera for my hiking adventures and it has never failed me yet. Camera is solid built, easy to handle and the rotating LCD screen is fantastic! Read more ›
The Canon Powershot SX10IS is a versatile mid range camera. The swival lcd screen is a nice feature in addition to the 20x optical zoom. A good fit in between the Elph… Read more ›
Some of the pictures I've taken are just gorgeous and look like postcards! The price is also fantastic for this camera. I remember paying more for my little point and shoot… Read more ›
Only dowside, the lens cover is easy to lose (I tied a thread to it so it's now attached to the strap). Price is very reasonable. Took a few years but I feel I made the… Read more ›
This is a great camera for taking high quality, better than your pocket digital camera pictures. Good value. My only complaint is that the frames per second feature is slow. Read more ›
The camera is nice for taking pictures of still shots...but that's it. Not a good value for the money. Either upgrade to the DSLR or downgrade to a good point and shoot. Read more ›
This allowed much, much finer adjustment of the zoom at a speed of the users choosing. As an all around compromise camera, this is a good value. There is always some… Read more ›
I especially liked the…I would recommend the camera, great value for the price, but it does have a couple deficiencies and an ease-of-use problem that need correction. I… Read more ›
Image sharpness is very important to me and the SX10 delivers. The faster shutter response and quick focus is wonderful. Low light level conditions result in far less noise… Read more ›
I first tried pictures of the moon which were disappointing. The focus was not good (just a fuzzy yellow ball) and the digital zoom was set "on" from the factory. This… Read more ›
It can light up a big room from far away. The focus is good and fast. The colors are OUTSTANDING and the 20x zoom and 28mm wide angle are features that offer the best of… Read more ›
The image stabilization is a must for any…The 20x wide angle lens lets you bring far objects into great focus, again with the image stabilization zoom in day time light. Read more ›
As an owner of this camera, I find them more informative than the manual itself, or lack…What troubles me most about this product is the difficulty to achieve good focus. Read more ›
The 20x zoom is amazing, and the macro ability is equally impressive. It takes clear, focused close-ups, even if the subject is touching the lens! Another great feature of… Read more ›
This camera is amazing, the optical zoom is very good, and resolution and color rendition is very good. Useful as a point and shoot, with the ability to do near-SLR quality… Read more ›
I upgraded from the S2 IS and I must say that I'm really happy with my new camera, it feels less clunky that the S2, the black body color is definitely nicer that the old… Read more ›
Those too looked better for me. The colors were richer. Read more ›
I…I have taken a lot of pictures with this camera and the image quality may not be quite as sharp as a dSLR (just slightly lower) but the color is absolutely awesome. W… Read more ›
5) features - lot and lots of great features. The color swap and where you can make everything black and white except one color is pretty nice. Read more ›
I took pictures with both cameras of the same things, at the…The Canon images were more true to color, they were clearer, and flash didn't dominate or change the lighting. Read more ›
Image stabilization is good. Flash is very good. Zoom amazing. Read more ›
The image stabilization and the articulated LCD were huge selling…The built-in flash is tremendously powerful, as is the zoom, and I could not be happier with this camera! Read more ›
It is a point-and-shoot for the beginner but allows the user to learn by overriding any automatic…I do not yet have an external flash, but the built-in flash works well. Read more ›
On the downside, I highly recommend an additional flash if you intend to take night photos. The built in flash works well until about dusk. Read more ›
The included software is clunky and boring, but you probably…The flash works well enough, but to Canon's credit it features a hotshoe for remote flash which I recommend. Read more ›
The flip out and twist tilt screen was also a help with crowd shots. The flash was strong and can be enhanced. In addition, there is a "hot shoe" for an add on flash. Read more ›
canon is quality, the camera works great and takes excellent pictures, easy to use, great zoom, easy to carry. happy Read more ›
Handy to use, much lighter than a Dslr. Easy to carry and easy on batteries. Read more ›
This camera was great on vacation, one camera did it all. Took pictures and video while hiking through the Disney parks, it was nice to only carry one piece of equipment. I… Read more ›
I wanted a camera that would be convenient to carry and would take great quality photos and video. This camera has met every one of my expectations. Read more ›
For example during our last vacation with a whole day road trip planned which included sight seeing, the…I would strongly suggest to carry extra batteries at all times. Read more ›
I've shot a 2.5 minute video and a 26 minute video and about 400 images in 3 outings and I still have the same…It looks like it's going to be a fun camera to carry around. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

784 of 793 people found the following review helpful By Kevin K. Fosler on October 17, 2008
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I've owned each new version of this camera since the Powershot S2IS. For me this is a worthwhile upgrade over the prior version, the S5IS.

I'll start by saying that I am not a digital camera "power user". I just want good quality photos without a lot of hassle. This camera provides that, yet also provides a lot of room for growth with plenty of custom settings that I can use if I want to learn how to use them in the future (for example, aperture priority).

- In initial testing, the face detection technology seems to work well. I can take a self portrait now and the lighting comes out very good. I think the technology has gone from buzzword marketing to true usefulness.

- One side benefit of the face detection technology is that it enables the camera to intelligently take red-eye out of pictures without using the red-eye reduction lamp.

- The flip-out and rotating viewfinder has always and continues to set this camera apart from its peers from other companies. It allows for less intrusive candid photos and has many other advantages.

- Thankfully, the SD card door is separate from the battery door as it was with the S3IS. Thank you Canon! There are times that I just want to take a few pictures, and now I don't have to open the battery door to take the SD card out and put in my PC's card reader.

- Low battery warning. I think this is the first version to have that and it's very welcome.

- 28mm -- I will never get another camera without wide angle built in. I have the Canon Elph 880IS too, which is a very powerful "pocketable" camera that complements this one well.

- Sharp 20x zoom. Pictures turn out very good even at high zooms.
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552 of 560 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Barr on November 7, 2008
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This is a second update. It comes after several months working with an SX10 IS.



Excellent resolution
Very good noise control
Image edge and corner sharpness
Less than average color fringing
True wide angle and phenomenal telephoto
iContrast for highlight/shadow
Vari-angle LCD
Focus frame size adjustment
Brightness, contrast, sharpness and color settings
Great movie mode with stereo sound
Hot shoe
Lens hood


Slow f5.7 maximum aperture beyond 100mm
Tendency to overexpose (though this can be an advantage--see below)
Low light autofocus issues
Minor lens distortions and color fringing at either end of zoom
Tedious control dial
LCD hard to see in bright outdoor light
Zoom sounds audible in movies


A semi-pro photographer with 30+ years' shooting experience, I am respectful yet rigorously demanding of my photo equipment. I push parameters, often absurdly so, but the SX10 doesn't seem to mind it one bit. For its price point, features and class, this is a stellar offering, and I highly recommend it.

The camera is solidly built and, although hefty for a point-and-shoot, feels well balanced in the hand. Controls are intuitively placed and easy to find with your fingers--no need to take your eye off the LCD or viewfinder when you've become acquainted with their positions.

Performance is excellent in all but low light, where autofocus and shutter lag are sometimes at issue. The camera powers on and is ready to shoot very quickly. Image recording time is swift, especially with a Class 6 card, and in reasonable lighting focus is both swift and accurate.
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306 of 319 people found the following review helpful By Mark N. on October 11, 2008
This camera replaced my old Olympus C2100, a formidable 10x zoom camera introduced 8 years ago that started the mega-zoom race. Have played with the SX10 IS for a week now and very happy with it.

Below are what I like:
-It uses regular "AA" batteries. Never buy a camera that uses specialized batteries no matter what people may tell you. Updated 6/27/09: this camera is so power efficient that it can take 600 photos on a single set of AA rechargeable batteries according to a leading consumer magazine (no other camera can even come close, non).
-It has a useful 28mm wide angle lens. This means you can include a whole group of people in a picture without standing too far back(such as in a small room). Most cameras (I say 90%) do not have lens this wide.
-You can zoom (optical & digital, with audio) while taking movies. Many cameras do not allow optical or audio during movie taking.
-It takes SD memory cards which is most popular (plentiful, cheap). Do not settle for cameras that take any other type of memory cards.
-It has a rotating LCD display.
-It is quick to take (and view) pictures and movies.
-Picture and movie quality (with stereo audio) is superbly competitive to any other high quality cameras.

Below are what I don't like:
-No grip: this is one slippery camera. I like its size and weight but its grip needs to be designed accordingly.
-The LCD display is very easily scratched. Do not wear this camera with a neck strap with the LCD facing out, because your shirt buttons will scratch the LCD. Immediately put a protective screen on this LCD first; there are several protective screen or tape products available.
-The lens has no thread so you can't put on a lens filter to protect it from smears and dust.
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