WHO I AM: I'm not a pro. I am a competent amateur who likes to have a camera on hand at all times as I spend much of my time in the outdoors (desert) in all kinds of weather conditions. I needed to replace my trusty Canon SD600 which after giving me many years of excellent, consistently reliable service, was giving up the ghost. The camera I was looking for had to be responsive, versatile, tough, and off course take good photos. What attracted me to the R10 was it's 7.1 zoom, it's small(ish) size and it's apparently sturdy build. So I read up on the few reviews that were available, ignored those that mentioned photo quality problems (I said to myself "I'm not a pro, so I'm not too finicky") and bought the camera. I've been using it now for about 1.5 months and it's time to write this review.
THE GOOD: The R10 is well-built, quite solid, lighter than I though it would be. It fits in a larger size pocket so it goes hiking with me all the time. It boots up quickly, the functions are easily accessible except some that are buried inside menus, the zoom capability is stunning and so is the display. Controls are comfortably located and as a whole the camera works well, has good ergonomics and good looks.
THE BAD: I like this camera's functionality even though I still haven't used all of its tricks, but this is not a perfect camera .a. I would have liked to see some sort of protective shroud around the combination shutter release/zoom control because it sticks out on top of the body -- as I take the R10 in and out of my pocket for those quick shots the control can sometime snag. I worry that it might snap off because it seems to be a bit on the fragile side. b. Given the R10's price tag, photo quality is not what it should be; it's unreliable and often stinks.Read more ›