Canon PowerShot D10 review

Ben Pitt
23 Jun 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT



1/2.3in 12.0-megapixel sensor, 3.0x zoom (35-105mm equivalent), 190g

The D10's soap-shaped blue and silver body is obviously designed for an aquatic life.

As such, you're less likely to attract bemused looks when you wander into the sea with it, but it may look a bit out of place on dry land. Alternative front plates are available in orange, grey and a delightfully over-the-top camouflage and cost around £37 for the set (product code FC-DC1). There's also an optional carabiner strap (STP-DC2, around £38) for attaching the camera to your climbing equipment, but it's not intended for underwater use.

The camera itself is waterproof down to 10m, making it suitable for scuba diving as well as snorkelling. It's shockproof, too, withstanding falls from 1.2 metres, but it doesn't conform to any official drop-test standards. Still, the rounded metal body seems extremely robust. As with all the waterproof cameras, the D10 protects its lens behind a glass window, but this window protrudes out of the camera rather than being recessed. The 49mm depth from lens to screen makes it the chunkiest camera here.

The 3x zoom range is disappointing, but this, along with the relatively bulky lens design, contributes to the superb sharpness this lens is capable of. In bright conditions, the D10's images were more detailed than those of any other camera here. The 12-megapixel resolution means there's ample opportunity to crop photos and still retain plenty of detail. Colours were excellent, too, with particularly pleasing skin tones when using the flash.

Indoor shots without the flash were much less impressive, though, with a massive drop in detail. Every camera we tested this month struggled in low light, and the D10 was above average, but Panasonic's and Ricoh's models fared better. Videos were crisp and smooth, with high-quality audio, but their 640x480 resolution couldn't match the Panasonic DMC-FT1's 1,280x720 HD video.

This is a likeable, high-quality camera, but the DMC-FT1 has more going for it.

Basic Specifications

CCD effective megapixels12.0 megapixels
CCD size1/2.3in
LCD screen size2.5in
LCD screen resolution230,000 pixels
Optical zoom3.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent35-105mm
Image stabilisationoptical, sensor shift
Maximum image resolution4,000x3,000
Maximum movie resolution640x480
Movie frame rate at max quality30fps
File formatsJPEG; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slotSDHC
Mermory suppliednone
Battery type3.7V 1,000mAh Li-ion
Battery Life (tested)220 shots
ConnectivityUSB, AV, DC in
Body materialplastic
AccessoriesUSB and AV cables

Buying Information


Camera Controls

Exposure modesauto
Shutter speedauto
Aperture rangeauto
ISO range (at full resolution)80 to 1600
Exposure compensation+/-2 EV
White balanceauto, 6 presets, manual
Additional image controlsshadow adjust
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus3cm
Auto-focus modesmulti, centre, face detect
Metering modesmulti, centre-weighted, centre, face detect
Flashauto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, red-eye reduction
Drive modessingle, continuous, self-timer, face self-timer