Canon SX10 IS Reviews

First published on: Friday, 21 November 2008

Last update (Jun 23, 2009): User recommendation by Ben Hermann.

This post is a compilation of Canon Powershot SX10 IS professional and user reviews, owner opinions and experiences, tests, conclusions, ratings and feedback.

The 10MP (Megapixel) Canon SX10 was officially announced on September 17th, 2008.

The SX10 is compatible with SDHC and MMCPlus storage cards.

The 20x optical zoom lens goes to 28mm at the wide end of the zoom range, and 560mm at max. telephoto zoom.

Get more details on the full specs for the SX10.

Professional Reviews

Review of the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS at Imaging Resource

Three reviewers, Andrew Alexander, Mike Tomkins, and Shawn Barnett, poured their efforts into the review of this camera.

The camera made into Dave’s Pick, and the conclusion reads:

Printed results really tell the Canon SX10’s story, with the camera’s output capable of making high quality 13x19-inch prints with ease, and even ISO 1,600 shots make a decent 5x7. A relatively fast shutter lag result rounds out the story, and if you learn to prefocus, you can get a shutter lag of 0.08 second. Overall, you can’t go wrong with the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS, a great long zoom digital camera that’s also capable of capturing video with stereo sound whenever the need strikes. Though we’re a little disturbed by the luminance noise at ISO 80, it doesn’t show up in prints until about 13x19 inches, and then only if you look closely. If you’re a pixel peeper, you might be bothered, but if prints are your main unit of measure, you’ll find the Canon SX10 IS a superb image-maker.

The review notes that availability of a flash hotshoe allows SX10 IS to work with external Canon flashes such as the Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash.

SX10 IS review at

The SX10IS received a five-star rating in this review.


  1. Responsive zoom.

  2. Imperceptible shutter lag.

  3. Full-resolution images take under a second to be saved to memory.

  4. Audio is captured in full steroe during movie recording.

  5. The 2.5-inch, adjustable, articulating LCD makes shooting at tricky low or high angles a cinch.

  6. 4 fps (frames per second) burst mode is achieved without sacrificing max. resolution.

  7. The in-lens IS (image stabilization) mechanism helps to reduce the occurrence of image blur from handshake.


  1. Maximum video resolution is only 640 x 480 pixels. A HD (high definition) movie mode would have been a better option.

Canon SX10 review at CameraLabs

The overall review of the SX10 is quite positive, with the verdict being:

<blockquote>Canon’s PowerShot SX10 IS is a great choice for anyone in the market for a super-zoom camera. It delivers a massive 20x range with quick AF and highly effective stabilisation, a fully articulated monitor, flash hotshoe, movies with stereo sound and full manual control. The only downsides are visible fringing in the corners, slow continuous shooting and the lack of RAW recording and HD video – coincidentally the same downsides as its predecessor (the <a rel="nofollow" href="">Canon S5 IS</a>).</blockquote>

… and …

<blockquote>Should you ultimately decide on the Canon SX10 IS though, you won’t be disappointed. It delivers a compelling array of features for the money and easily comes Highly Recommended.</blockquote>

User Reviews

User recommendation by Ben Hermann (DPReview forum)

Ben has this to say of the SX10 IS:

Having said that, there is one advanced super-zoom digicam that will virtually knock your socks off with superb image quality, rich color tonality, and many other variables. And that is the Canon SX-10 IS. It’s a 10 MP cam — not a 12 MP cam, and Canon have managed to produce a winner here. And I don’t make these remarks lightly as I shoot with over 75 different digital cams — having compared them all. Look, I’m not a fan boy of any brand. I recognize that all brands have some winners and losers, so why not enjoy the wealth of choices out there.

User opinion by Marianne Oelund

The noise “grain” in SX10 photos are more pleasing than from the Fuji S100fs. The image stabilization on the SX10 also works extremely well, and she is able to take “pixel sharp” photos with shutter speeds as low as 1/10th sec and the lens at full telephoto.

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