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Canon PowerShot SD10 / Digital IXUS i / IXY Digital L

alaTest has collected and analyzed 564 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the image quality and usability are on the whole positive. The design and size also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the exposure and low light performance, while views about the storage and memory are different.

portability, size, design, usability, image quality

flash, viewfinder, shutter, low-light, exposure

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SD10 / Digital IXUS i / IXY Digital L is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital Elph


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Canon PowerShot SD10


Chic and ultracompact; earned high marks for both performance and image quality.

No optical zoom; no optical viewfinder; pricey for its class.

Style and simplicity are this camera's strong suits, but competing models offer more features for the money.

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Canon Powershot SD10


Canon's PowerShot Digital ELPH SD10 tips the scales at a diminutive 3.5 ounces and measures just 3.6 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches, as of October 2003 it is the world's smallest four megapixel digital camera. Despite its diminutive size, the SD10 camera's high- reso

Available in four trend-setting color and surface texture combinations, the Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH combines style and function in a package that allows you to make a fashion statement while taking photographs. You can carry its durable metal bo


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Digital Cameras - Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Good image quality and user-friendly design is synonymous with the ELPH name, and the reason why the line is so popular with a wide range of consumers. Extending the brand name's excellent reputation in the film world, members of the digital ELPH...

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Canon PowerShot SD10 Review


Digital cameras have come a long way since they were first introduced in the late 1980s. The Sony ProMavica MVC-5000, considered to have the best image quality for the first generation of digital cameras, recorded images as magnetic impulses on a...

It is truly fascinating how many features Canon has put together in this super small and powerful camera. And today, Dev Hardware will review it! Read on to find out more

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Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH


If a regular Digital ELPH just isn't small enough for you, then Canon's newest and smallest model will definitely get your attention. Keeping them same all-metal body as the other ELPHs, the PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH ($349 street price) is probably...

Tiny, elegant metal body ; Excellent photo quality for such a small camera ; Quick Shot mode lets you take pictures without prefocusing ; Above average performance ; Impressive playback modes ; AF illuminator ; Optional weatherproof case ; One of the...

Some redeye ; Above average noise, several hot pixels in night test shot ; Flimsy plastic door over battery/memory card compartment ; More manual controls, or at least some scene modes, would be nice ; No optical viewfinder or zoom lens ; Movie mode...

As long as you don't mind losing the zoom lens and optical viewfinder, the Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH is a really nice ultra-compact camera. It takes excellent pictures, with none of the blurry corners or "video capture look" of some other...

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Canon PowerShot SD10


after all these years (i bought this camera in 2003!) i will *still* sometimes grab it. i am not sure if anything quite as compact exists these days, and while the 4mp resolution is very low these days, for the right purpose, and when you shoot them...

battery life ranges from horrific to barely satisfying ; in full auto with low light at high ISO, oh well, you know what to expect - grainy snapshots

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Canon PowerShot SD10


This is more like a post-mortem review because my trusty Ixus i (as it's called here) has just died. It only takes black pictures now even though the rest of the camera still works. It has lasted for more than 5 years which is reasonable for modern-day...

Low battery life, especially in cold temperatures. The batteries almost act like a thermometer and taking skiing snapshots is a whole endeavour ; Auto white balance tends to produce a yellowish tone in low light conditions. Setting it manually to...

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot SD10 (Barry Fitzgerald, 29 Jul 07)


My ist real digital compact camera.. On the good, Decent build quality, feels solid Accurate colours, standard range of features, nothing outstanding. Optics are noticable corner softness Not a bad macro mode. Metering is good.

Mind boggling shutter lag in normal AF mode...poor ; Images somewhat noisy..ISO 400 bad ; Terrible battery life you wont get near 100 shots ; AF slow in low light, but accurate ; Flash overpowers exposure more often than not ; Expensive for what you...

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Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot SD10 (Peco, 2 May 06)


This camera is pretty damn good! I did my research on various cameras on several review sites before buying, but the reviews on here swung it for me. As an ex-user of 35mm SLR's and compacts, I knew that no matter how great a camera is, you won't carry...

No real probems, only minor criticisms. The slider-mode-switch on the camera back feels a little bit loose, even when new, but it's still working fine. Some users say the rubber cover on the back ( over the AV Output socket ) is a bit flimsy. It's...

Product Specifications

Placed in a purse or stashed in a clutch, nestled in a breast pocket or tucked in a tux, Canon's new PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH cameras get the focus and set the (fashion) scene for imaging excellence and stylish elegance. These new generation miniature miracles reaffirm the old adage that there is no such thing as being too thin. Tipping the scales at a diminutive 3.5 ounces and measuring a scant 3.6 x 1.9 x 0.7 inches, the new PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH debuts as the world's smallest four megapixel digital cameras. Despite its diminutive size, the SD10 camera's high-resolution four-megapixel CCD captures brilliant images and then - thanks to Canon's exclusive DIGICa (Digital Imaging Integrated Circuit) Imaging Processor - takes image quality to a new level. Direct Printing significantly expands the appeal of the PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH cameras by making it simple, quick and convenient to produce high-quality photos without the need for a personal computer. Beyond its Direct Print capability with Canon's Card Photo Printers and acclaimed Bubble Jet Direct Photo Printers, the camera is also compatible with PictBridge, a new industry protocol that offers the flexibility of direct printing to other brands of PictBridge compatible printers. The PowerShot SD10 cameras support Exif Print, a worldwide standard that transfers important camera settings and data from the camera to the printer ensuring the photos you print will look true to life. Moreover, DPOF 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format) lets users specify the images to be printed or execute batch printing of selected images. The PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH cameras feature a high-quality four-element 6.4mm (equivalent to 39mm in 35mm format) f/2.8 single focal length lens and a 5.7x digital zoom. The camera also features an easy to read 1.5-inch (diagonally measured) color LCD Monitor, and through the lens (TTL) 5-point AiAF autofocus. The camera's shutter speeds (mechanical and electronic) range from 15 to 1/1500 of a second and there are 6 white balance modes including Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent and Fluorescent H settings.

Audio Input


Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Macro / Night mode / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Model:I/SD10 Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8
Min Focal Length:6.4mm


Color:Bronze/Iridescent white/Pearl white/Piano black/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:5.7
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None