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PowerShot SX10 IS

PowerShot SX10 IS

PowerShot SX10 IS

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Marketed December 2008

The Canon PowerShot SX10 IS, high-end models in the SX series, realize significant improvements over the S5 IS, which launched in June 2007 and featured a high-magnification zoom lens equipped with high-precision Image Stabilization.

While the SX10 IS incorporates a high-resolution 10-megapixel CCD sensor, the SX10 IS feature a newly developed 20x optical zoom lens for wide-angle (28 mm*) totelephoto (560 mm*) coverage. An Ultra Sonic Motor on the zoom lens drive and the newly equipped Voice Coil Motor on the focus lens drive enable quick and quiet zooming andfocusing.

* In 35 mm format with an aspect ratio of 4:3

Type of Camera
Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash,
20x Optical/4x Digital/80x
Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
Image Capture Device
Type 10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 10.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 Megapixels
Focal Length 5.0(W)-100.0(T)mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-560mm)
Digital Zoom 4x
Focusing Range Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (W), 3.3 ft./1m-infinity (T)
Macro: 3.9 in.-1.6 ft./10-50cm (W)
Super macro: 0-3.9 in./0-10cm (W)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus
Viewfinder & Monitor
Viewfinder TFT color
LCD Monitor 2.5-inch TFT color vari-angle LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Dots Approx. 230,000 dots
LCD Coverage 100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture f/2.8 (W) – f/5.7 (T)
Shutter Speed 15-1/3200 sec. (settable in Tv and M)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**

* Facial brightness is also evaluated inFace Detect AF.
** Fixed to center or linked to the AF frame.

Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), Custom
Built-in Flash Auto, on,off
Flash output compensation, Red-Eye Correction,Red-Eye Reduction, flash output settings(3 steps),FE Lock,Slow Synchro,2nd-curtain Synchro and Safety FE are available.
Flash Range 50cm-5.2m (W),1.0-2.8m (T)(1.6-17.0ft.(W), 3.3-9.2 ft.(T))/(Brightness of image periphery may reduce depending on shooting distance.)
Recycling Time 7 sec. or less (battery voltage=6.0V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, Indoor, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap), Super Macro, Night Snapshot, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects My Colors
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
Self-Timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Self-Timer, Custom
Wireless Control N/A
Continuous Shooting Normal: approx. 1.4 fps; AF: approx. 0.7 fps; LV: approx. 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)
Image Storage
Storage Media SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Compression Normal, Fine, SuperFine
Date Type Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels Still Image: 3,648 x 2,736 (Large), 2,816 x 2,112 (Medium 1), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,648 x 2,048 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes
Number of Recordable Images
File Size(KB) 2GB / 8GB
Large (L)
SF 4,332 448 / 1,792
F 2,565 749 / 2,994
N 1,226 1,536 / 6,140
Medium 1 (M1)
SF 2,720 714 / 2,855
F 1,620 1,181 / 4,723
N 780 2,363 / 9,446
Medium 2 (M2)
SF 2,002 960 / 3,837
F 1,116 1,707 / 6,822
N 556 3,235 / 12,927
  File Size(KB) 2GB / 8GB
Medium 3 (M3)
SF 1,002 1,862 / 7,442
F 558 3,235 / 12,927
N 278 6,146 / 24,562
Small (S)
SF 249 6,830 / 27,291
F 150 10,245 / 40,937
N 84 15,368 / 61,406
Widescreen (W)
SF 3,243 596 / 2,384
F 1,920 1,007 / 4,026
N 918 2,048 / 8,187
Time of Recordable Movies
  Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap
640 x 480 / 320 x 240
30 fps / 30 fps
Movie size (KB/sec.) 1,402 / 480
2GB 22 min. 45 sec. / 1 hr. 4 min. 1 sec.
8GB 1 hr. 30 min. 57 sec. / 4 hr. 15 min. 51 sec.
Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon’s standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.
Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast;
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie part of movie, all of movie
Computer Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out NTSC/PAL
Audio Out Stereo
Other Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera’s USB 2.0 Hi- Speed cable
Power Supply
Power Source 1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x4)
3. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (optional)
Shooting Capacity Still Image: approx. 340 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)*

* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Playback Time Approx. 720 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 840 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.88 x 3.48 x 3.42 in./124.0 x 88.3 x 86.9mm
Weight Approx. 19.8 oz./560g (camera body only)
Sample Images1
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