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Canon PowerShot S10

Canon packs 2 megapixels and a 2x optical zoom into the smallest digicam yet!

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Review First Posted: 12/5/1999

True 2 megapixel sensor for 1600x1200 images
2x optical zoom lens
Tiny body, smallest currently on the market!
Exceptional image quality
Rugged all-metal construction, auto lens cover

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Manufacturer Overview

Canon has long been a leader in the film-based photography world, and has developed a popular line of digital cameras as well. In recent history, their PowerShot Pro70 introduced exceptional image quality and many "studio-friendly" features at the 1.7 megapixel level in late 1998. Recently, they've made waves with a series of digicams in exceptionally compact metal bodies, echoing the style of their wildly popular "ELPH" film cameras. The latest addition to this line is the PowerShot S10, a full 2 megapixel camera with a 2x optical zoom lens, packed into what's arguably the smallest body in the digicam market. We predict that this compact form factor, combined with its exceptional image quality, will make it one of the more popular digicam designs currently on the market.


  • 2.1 megapixel, 0.5 inch CCD sensor

  • 1.8 inch, low temperature, polycrystalline silicon, TFT LCD

  • 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960 and 800 x 600 pixel sizes

  • 6.3 to 12.6mm, F/2.8 to F/4.0, 2x zoom lens (equivalent to a 35 to 70mm lens on a 35mm camera)

  • Mechanical and electronic shutter from two to 1/1,000 seconds

  • Built-in flash with Auto, On, Off and Red-Eye Reduction modes

  • White balance with Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten and Fluorescent settings

  • Digital zoom up to 4x

  • ISO settings from 100 to 400

  • Stitch Assist mode for creating multi-frame panorama shots

  • Image mode with preset settings for specific circumstances (landscape, night scenes, black & white, etc.)

  • CompactFlash media for image storage (type I or II)

  • USB interface

  • NTSC or PAL video out

  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility settings


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