Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Discussion
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Comments (8)

I am trying to maximize the performance of my wife's Canon sx10.

What custom settings bring out the best in this camera?.

I shoot a canon 50D, so I am a little disappointed with the image quality from her camera.


Comment #1

I just bought the SX10 and read lots of reviews and comments. Yes, due to this camera's small sensor, noise is an issue. Optics arent' great. But there's hope. First, keep the ISO at 200 or below. Turn off the digital zoom multiplier (who needs more than 20X?).

I know it's hard to resist, but don't view the images on your computer at the full 100%. Per, a 10MP image is like looking closely at a 24" print. Instead, do some regular-sized prints and judge the camera that way. Lastly, if you want to gain some confidence in what this or any camera is capable of, just browse some of the great shots on Here are shots taken using the SX10:.


Comment #2

I just purchased the Canon SX10 for my trip to Alaska and was extremely pleased. The zoom was amazing, On the tour bus in Denali, we'd see a speck on the mountain and I'd zoom in on it to see if it was an animal or not. Great photos even while moving on the train, car or bus. The image stablizer exceeded my expectations. The lake shot has a fisherman on it and then the zoom up on him. He's grainy but considering I could barely see a pencil lead sized person, fantastic.

Bought another one with a little gadget that connects a string to the camera. Much better. Another con is sometimes it would reset oddly like with a grid across my viewfinder or lock in the viewfinder instead of the LCD screen. A lady behind me on the bus had my exact camera, and her camera did the same thing. I just reset it and it was fine, but for a novice, it was upsetting until it could be fixed.

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Comment #3

Looks great I am looking forward to getting mine...

Comment #4

I bought the SX10 IS because of the telephoto lens and I was not disapointed - BUT.

I read this review and inferred that video was saved in MPEG format - lo and behold when I tried to open them with Media Player they would not play. It seems Canon is using MOV format which is incompatible with Media Player AND Movie maker. The only way to see my Canon MOV files is with Realplayer.

ALSO - no battery meter was a poor decision on a camera with a motorized zoom and flash. The camera shuts down with no warning.

Keep the camera?? Maybe - I kept my Sony so I will use it for video and only use the Canon for long range nature shots.

I would NOT have purchased it had I known about the MOV files - file size and quality over AVI is moot when the mem cards are now gigabytes...

Comment #5

Canan sx10is good I never sean that mach clarity it's give so I think to parchease it..

Comment #6

Rick, the sx10 actually uses H.264 in a mov wrapper. You can play it using media player classic/media player classic home cinema or VLC. I believe there is some support for H.264 when you install the k-lite codec pack, which would enable you to play the videos in windows media player etc..

Comment #7

My daughter is going to a concert tonight inside the superdome and I would like to preset my Cannon Powershot for her so she can just take pics without worrying about the settings. I am not very technologically savvy. I just want to preset and leave it any help would be greatly appreciated...

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