Canon PowerShot A10 Discussion
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I bought a Canon Powershot A10 in September 2001 encouraged by good reviews. I have tried 200 pictures in one week, only 1 of which came out in focus (a macro shot). All others are blurry/off-focus.

Have exchanged camera at shop to no avail. Have returned camera to Canonrepair center with no improvements noticable at return.

Problem seems similar to current AF discussion on A20.

Any words of wisdom from other users?.

(I am a satisfied Olympus D460 user for 2 years, 80 + % good pictures)..

Comment #1

I bought my A10 also in September. Have taken some very nice pictures. I am more then satisfied with the camera. Bought a 128 mb FC for it though, as the 8 mb FC that comes with it was just too small. Definitely no problems with focus with mine. Attachments:.


Comment #2

Thanks for reply Randa, and a beautiful picture it is. I don't have one sample that comes even close. Wonder what's wrong. Currently Canon service Center in Holland is working on this, hope they'll come back with miracle cure. I like all other aspects of camera and want to make it a success. Thx.


Comment #3

I have heard of people having problems with the focus on this and the A20 cameras... I wonder if some of the cameras have a defect with the focus electronics... Can you not take the camera back and get another one? Does it not come with a warranty?.


Comment #4

Randy, I am afraid you are right, must be a mondaymorning series.

I have exchanged the camera after one week for another one, close serial number though. Problem remained. And yes, if Canon can't fix this, I will return camera to shop and find another one. May not be a Canon. gr, BAS..

Comment #5


That's too bad you have to be the one to uncover the duds.

Can you post a example so I can have a look-see at what sort of pictures you are getting?.

Also, maybe can you tell me exactly where you bought the camera... Store? City? Country? all that stuff.

Maybe there are others buying from that store getting the same problem. It might be a good idea for that store to send all the cameras back and get another shippment.

I realize there are other capable brands of cameras out there, but I bet if you can get hold of a good A10, I'm sure you'll be as happy as me...

Comment #6

Thx. for the encouragement Randy. You probably have the cause of trouble defined and I may just do what you recommend. Actually the store is cooperative, but Canon Netherlands can't do much.

Camera was purchased from It's (a hifi/electronics etc chain in Holland) in Terneuzen, (south-west end of country).

And yes, pictures like yours is what I want. But you don't want to see mine, they are all unfocussed. I have one lucky shot in 200, and that's a macro picture from 1 foot distance. But I can't reproduce that sharp focus in any way.

Will keep you posted. gr, BAS..

Comment #7

I've been looking and looking cameras, and I think I am going to get the A10 and buy some NIMH batteries, smart charger and also 128mb card. Would this suit someone, whom is getting a first camera... who hopes to take pictures for 80% web work, ie.. 640x480 res... and also who knows take the higher res photos for maybe getting printed out on the odd occasion in which I need hard copy prints. Would anyone care to comment?..

Comment #8

Hi! First of all I want to thank to the guys that post here theirs opinions. I want to buy a digital camera and you all helped me to decide what camera.

At the beginning I've considered a Nikon 775 or a HP 618 but even they have more feature the image quality is not as good as for Canon A20 or A10. The photo quality is the most important factor for me and thus I am decided for a Canon. Now I have few questions if you can help me: 1. Does anyone know for sure if the lens optical system is identical between A10 and A20? (I mean number of lens, coating GRGB or CYGM, etc). 2. The A20 has only 1600x1200 and 1024x768, the first resolution seems to me a little to high and the second one perhaps not enough.

A 1280x960 photo fits well enough on the screen and with enough details.

I want to print my photos on 4x6 or 5x7 maximum. For this type of printings it's ok to use a resolution of 1280x960 (so Canon A10)? I will be on vacation very soon so any help will be more than appreciated. Thank you in advance!..

Comment #9


I got that exact combination you listed.. I use my camera for mostly web stuff as well, but I do print some pictures occasionally although I can't say I have perfected my prints (there is a bit of a trick to it), many of them have turned out very nice, even some of the shots I took at 640X480. I made the mistake of printing some pictures of and for some friends and their kids, because they turned out so well they wanted more and more.... Ink cartridges and photo paper are not cheap..... lol ... watch out!.

I have been very happy with my A10 camera.... make sure you get 2 sets of batteries so you can always have on set fully charged and swap when the one set is drained.

With 128 mb FC you'll be able to take 177 pictures before you have to download.... I have never come close yet to using that many, but it sure is nice to be able to take as many pictures as you want and not have to worry about being to careful with every shot.

I am personally looking into getting the optional wide angle lens and adapter that Canon sells for this camera. Viorel.

I'm sorry I can't help you about the lens coatings, but from everything I have read the A10 and the A20 are exactly the same except the A10 has a smaller CCD than the A20 (1.32 megapixels vs. 2.11 megapixels) and the A20 has a video extension that allows you to view your pictures on a TV... Other then that and the color of the case I believe they are exactly the same everything, including lenses. Randy..

Comment #10

Randy, Do you know if for 4x6 or 5x7 photo printings it's enough to use a resolution of 1280x960 ?

Can you post few of your photos? I want to see some real pictures, not only studio made or post processed. Once again thanks...

Comment #11


Check the A20 forum about printing pictures.

I am posting some of my family pictures that I happen to have online, just for you. No one else is allowed to look....ha ha.

Nothing special, just some family pics that I have online so so other freinds and family can see. All taken with my A10, most taken at 640 X 480. An yes they have been altered a bit. I added a little extra jpg compression to make the file size a little smaller for downloading for one thing, so if anything the picture quality is not as good as the originals.

 There are plenty of pictures on the Image-Resource site of the different cameras, and from what I can tell, those guys have taken great pains to give us a true comparative (picture) of the performance of the different cameras. here is the URL Randy..

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