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canon-powershot-g10-review.jpgIn this post Christina from Christina Nichole Photogrpahy reviews the Canon Powershot G10.

In a bind about what to pick up for your family for Christmas? Pick up the Canon Powershot G10 and look no further.

While traveling with IPS in gorgeous wilderness of New Zealand this November, I found myself in the most unfortunate of circumstances. My faithful Canon Mark II N was suddenly having major problems. Unable to drop my camera off for repair, I pondered what I was going to do.

It happened that one day, my group happened in on a little photo store to get some photos printed. One of the other instructors was browsing the displays and suddenly became wide-eyed in wonderment. “They have the Canon G10.” He breathed. “Fully manual, 14megapixel, first RAW 14 MP enabled camera on the market. You can even use external flashes with it!”

My ears perked up as the owner walked toward us. He laughed. “Yeah, every time I get an order in, the merchandise is gone within hours. They sell fast.”

That’s all I needed to hear. 24 hours later, I was in possession of the Canon Powershot G10.

For the rest of my trip to New Zealand and Fiji, I used the G10 constantly [My Mark II only used for critical shooting events and portrait sessions]. Each day I became more and more enamored with the quality and accessibility of this little camera.

What makes the G10 so special?

For roughly $450, this digicam is equipped with all the full manual features of an SLR, minus the lens swapping [though Canon does have an adapter for extra zoom].

  • Hard case body
  • Features in style of a retro SLR
  • 14.5 Mega pixels
  • RAW shooting ability [now compatible to Lightroom]
  • Fully Manual [with the ability to set shutter speed, aperture, white balance, ISO, flash, etc.]
  • Fully Automatic [there are 27 shooting modes]
  • Usable with Canon external flashes
  • Video capable [with sweet recording quality ... even while standing in the middle of the Fijian ocean].

I must admit, now that my Mark II is out of the shop, I’m going to have a hard time putting down my G10. In fact, for non-professional uses, the slim, lightweight, and accessible, G10 is what I’m going to throw in my sling bag from now on.

Get a Price – Amazon Currently has the Canon Powershot G10 on special at 18% off.

Updated for accuracy.

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Christina N Dickson is a visionary artist and philanthropist in Portland Oregon. Her work includes wedding photography www.BrideInspired.com and leadership with www.RevMediaBlog.com.

  • Andre

    What does “first RAW enabled camera on the market” mean? Lots of point & shoots have had RAW capability for years.

    Also, “to get some photo’s printed”? I know this is a website, not a professional magazine, but that’s no reason to use improper grammar. There’s no apostrophe used for plural.

  • http://www.ryanhollowayphotography.com Ryan Holloway

    I think he means it’s the first “14 megapixel RAW enabled camera” which is typical advertising BS to say.

    Ryan

    http://www.ryanhollowayphotography.com

  • Matt

    I think she means first 14 megamixel RAW enabled digicam. I’ve owned a lot of “G” series Canon’s and they’re great. This one stands out from its predecessors because Canon finally equipped a true wide angle on the G10.

    I’m waiting for a larger sensor (to help with high ISO noise) to make a debut on the G Series. A larger sensor along with an even wider angle lens would make this camera super hot.

  • Naois

    Wow… the grammar police are everywhere these days!

    My friend has this camera and he loves it.

  • http://www.japannewbie.com Harvey

    I have the Canon G9 and have loved it. I’m no photography expert though and I’m sure I haven’t used it to its potential yet. I need lessons!

  • http://tomwalshphoto.wordpress.com Tom

    I recommend the G10 to many people who ask what camera to buy, however, I also recommend the older G7. My friend has the G7, and when I go shooting in Seattle, he often comes and joins me with his G7. It works perfectly…he’s used my Canon 430EX flash on it many times (We laugh that the flash is as big as the camera), and since his step mom is a flight attendant, he traveled a lot, and took his camera with him. In all of his travels, the photos were amazing, especially for being a G7. It may not have 14 megapickles, but it does have a LOT less of a price tag. And who needs 14 megapickles anyway?

    So I say go for the older model! the G7!

  • vs

    so, what about LX3 ? i think it’s much better cost/benefit…

  • Andre

    They took the trouble to correct the statement about the 14 MP (sort of), but not correct the grammar error.

    Yes, I guess I’m the grammar police. Why is everyone so OK with writers using bad grammar? The world is going down the tubes.

    I see the author repeatedly makes the same grammar error on her professional website.

  • stephen

    You’d think that running something through MS Word would be easy, huh?

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/blog Darren

    post updated as suggested – thanks for the help guys. We appreciate reader feedback although are largely operating on a volunteer staff (plus I live in Australia and am asleep when many of our posts go live) so we’re not always immediate with updates.

  • http://achristianto.blogspot.com Adrian Christianto

    Hey, what about an LX3 review and compare it with G10?

    I know there are plenty other websites done that, but you know, DPS gotta have one of those reviews :D

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bozo_tic/ Bozo Tic

    Ken Rockwell did a review on this camera too. To see more info about G10, go here: http://kenrockwell.com/canon/g10.htm

  • James

    This camera suxs…..

  • http://oaklandmofo.com/ Oakland photography

    I love my G9.

    Used a G3 for years.

    I never even bring my D70 with me anywhere cause the G9 kicks a$$.

  • Slava33

    G9 is still more expensive on Amazon, that’s saying something. No HD video, supposedly smaller pixels = higher noise sensor.

  • migs

    I have my G9 for almost 2 years now and I don’t think I’ll be rushing off to buy a G10. The wide angle lens on the G10 makes the picture image so distorted.

  • http://accessibility.net.nz Nic

    I’ve owned a G3 for years. In fact, I still own it and use it regularly. I really love the thing. Except for *one* thing, and that is the very slow startup time. It was bugging me but it’s not until I recently got a new digital SLR that I realised how slow it was. Is the G10 quite quick?

  • Grant Northsby

    I have been using a Canon Powershot G10 for a while now and have had quite a bit of success in selling some of the images I’ve taken with it on micro stock photo sites. It’s really good and people buying images have no idea that I took them on a point and shoot!

  • http://www.neverhappen.com ROB

    Nothing that makes me want to upgrade from the G9, especially now time lapse feature set has vanished.

    Interestingly G9 is more expensive on Amazon than the G10.

    Still a great camera and if I did not have a G9 it would be first on my shopping list.

  • Cheryl

    Yes the G10 is very fast on startup. I just got mine and took it to Hawaii last week and it rocks.. Small, and the macro shots are awesome.

  • Aton

    I find it funny that the same person who doesn’t comment on the content and purpose of the message but instead laments the entire world for it’s acceptance of poor grammar, is perfectly ok with their own broad sweeping generalizations. He ain’t no good at not generalizing and pigeonWHOLEing. ;)

  • Aton

    *whispers* Will the stone caster peek out from his glass house long enough to see the errors stated on purpose for fun? Let’s watch.

    The G10 is fantastic. I have many friends who use it as their back up even in pay situations. I have recommended it to two friends and both are thrilled with their results. They opted for it while traveling instead of a full bodied SLR or DSLR.

    I have heard and read comments similar to Rob’s however. My answer is the same as it always is with technology. Wait.

  • Jane

    I’ve had a Powershot G9 for the past year, and I’ve taken it on two overseas holidays. It was great to carry around as something more than just a point and shoot. I loved the fact I could shoot in RAW with it, and fix those newbie photo problems back in Photoshop when I got home. Its macro mode is utterly fantastic.

    I’ve since upgraded to a full DSLR, but I will still keep my G9 as a powerful and quick point and shoot. I bought the adapter and the wide angle lens, which I think I’ll keep permanently attached to it for my next trip.

  • Mel

    I used a G5 for years before purchasing a DSLR. It was and still is a fantastic camera; I was really impressed with the high-quality images it produced.

    My friend also uses a G3, and despite its age it still takes great pictures too. Makes me want to get my hands on the G10 to try it out…

  • Monica

    I really like the G series too. I have two older models that I purchased before I bought my Canon EOS and I go back to them frequently for ease of use and performance. Good cameras!

  • Nick Rao

    For spontaneous shots and just ease of carrying around, I have used my G9. It is amazing with many of the features you describe in your G10 review. The description of the G10, makes me salivate but for now I will stick with the G9.

  • Alan

    I borrowed a G9 earlier in the year for a trip, and purchased a G10 about 2 months ago – for my purposes the G10 is much better than its predecessor. I use my camera mostly for underwater photography, and having been lucky enough to get hold of the ‘very scarce’ housing, I took some wonderful shots with the G10. For me wide angle is much better than zoom (underwater you only get to shoot what you can get light on, so long zooms are useless). SLR’s would be an option if the housings didn’t cost so much – 4-5 times the price of the G10 housing. Anyway for me the G10 rocks.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/wisemanleo wisemanleo

    I don’t know how you could love this camera so much.

    I used to be an owner of a G9, and I went from loving it to hating it in weeks. The noise handling is absolute horse crap. I couldn’t shoot above ISO 200 without getting images that looked more grainer than a shaved butt. The camera acted like a shaved butt too.

    The D40 is just as compact and does much better in terms of noise.

    Screw small sensor cameras.

  • http://wtf.com Fil Askay

    Is this a review ? Reads morelike a supermarket chat … nice linkbait and page looking for keywords, but thhis is not a review !

  • http://paulsanduleac@gmail.com Paul Sanduleac

    I don’t see much reason to change from G9 to G10…

  • Igor

    Well I had both G9 and now I own a G10. Both a have to say are great. Buttons on G10 a much batter positioned. Everything else is more or less the same. (+ -).

    - is less zoom, which I miss a lot.

    Quality of the pics is great, specialy at low ISO, at high ISO is very grainy (800 and up). 400 is , hmm….let say still OK.

    I do generaly use my old EOS 3, and 20D, if I will have money will still like to go for 5d mark II, specialy speed and lenses ( I have a lot of those)

    Canon really does ofer some accessories to go along this camera, tele, wide angle, etc. I have never used them, they do look kind a ….dont know how to put it….not proffesionaly made. Sorry for this. Also I would say that quality of the pics becomes a big isue, by mine oppinion not wort it, but let someone who has it and use it say more about it.

    Camera alone – higly recomended (both G9 or G10)

  • Mike

    G10 doesn’t have 1024×768 video, which the G9 has. I’m sticking with my G9 until the sensor quality improves in this line.

  • http://www.slrgeek.com MK @ Photography Gear Blog

    Personally, I think this camera is pretty sweet. Jack Neubart recently published a field test review of the Canon G10 on Photocrati… and he gives it a thumbs up.

  • Fran Borochaner

    Can anyone tell me if the difference between the Canon G10 and G11 is great. I want to buy a point and shoot to keep with me at all times…my Rebel XTI is too heavy and bulky to carry all the time. There is quite a difference in price between the G10 and G11. Yet the G11 sounds great. Has anyone used either camera ? I would rather buy the G11 if it is as good as the G10 becuse it is nuch less expensive.
    Would appreciate any help….

  • Igor

    Don`t have a G11, but a friend of mine does. Havent done any real comapasing between them, but I would say G11 is as good as G10 + – a few extras. If you will go with G11 you will deffenetly not go wrong. It still is point and shoot, don`t forget that.

  • http://paydayloannocredit.org Fermina Pahulu

    Where did I see this before?

Some older comments

  • Fermina Pahulu

    March 25, 2011 11:49 am

    Where did I see this before?

  • Igor

    March 29, 2010 03:05 am

    Don`t have a G11, but a friend of mine does. Havent done any real comapasing between them, but I would say G11 is as good as G10 + - a few extras. If you will go with G11 you will deffenetly not go wrong. It still is point and shoot, don`t forget that.

  • Fran Borochaner

    March 28, 2010 07:26 am

    Can anyone tell me if the difference between the Canon G10 and G11 is great. I want to buy a point and shoot to keep with me at all times...my Rebel XTI is too heavy and bulky to carry all the time. There is quite a difference in price between the G10 and G11. Yet the G11 sounds great. Has anyone used either camera ? I would rather buy the G11 if it is as good as the G10 becuse it is nuch less expensive.
    Would appreciate any help....

  • MK @ Photography Gear Blog

    July 21, 2009 02:03 am

    Personally, I think this camera is pretty sweet. Jack Neubart recently published a field test review of the Canon G10 on Photocrati... and he gives it a thumbs up.

  • Mike

    July 20, 2009 03:22 pm

    G10 doesn't have 1024x768 video, which the G9 has. I'm sticking with my G9 until the sensor quality improves in this line.

  • Igor

    January 29, 2009 07:01 am

    Well I had both G9 and now I own a G10. Both a have to say are great. Buttons on G10 a much batter positioned. Everything else is more or less the same. (+ -).

    - is less zoom, which I miss a lot.

    Quality of the pics is great, specialy at low ISO, at high ISO is very grainy (800 and up). 400 is , hmm....let say still OK.

    I do generaly use my old EOS 3, and 20D, if I will have money will still like to go for 5d mark II, specialy speed and lenses ( I have a lot of those)

    Canon really does ofer some accessories to go along this camera, tele, wide angle, etc. I have never used them, they do look kind a ....dont know how to put it....not proffesionaly made. Sorry for this. Also I would say that quality of the pics becomes a big isue, by mine oppinion not wort it, but let someone who has it and use it say more about it.

    Camera alone - higly recomended (both G9 or G10)

  • Paul Sanduleac

    January 14, 2009 11:47 pm

    I don't see much reason to change from G9 to G10...

  • Fil Askay

    December 26, 2008 09:32 am

    Is this a review ? Reads morelike a supermarket chat ... nice linkbait and page looking for keywords, but thhis is not a review !

  • wisemanleo

    December 25, 2008 09:12 am

    I don't know how you could love this camera so much.

    I used to be an owner of a G9, and I went from loving it to hating it in weeks. The noise handling is absolute horse crap. I couldn't shoot above ISO 200 without getting images that looked more grainer than a shaved butt. The camera acted like a shaved butt too.

    The D40 is just as compact and does much better in terms of noise.

    Screw small sensor cameras.

  • Alan

    December 25, 2008 05:25 am

    I borrowed a G9 earlier in the year for a trip, and purchased a G10 about 2 months ago - for my purposes the G10 is much better than its predecessor. I use my camera mostly for underwater photography, and having been lucky enough to get hold of the 'very scarce' housing, I took some wonderful shots with the G10. For me wide angle is much better than zoom (underwater you only get to shoot what you can get light on, so long zooms are useless). SLR's would be an option if the housings didn't cost so much - 4-5 times the price of the G10 housing. Anyway for me the G10 rocks.

  • Nick Rao

    December 25, 2008 03:01 am

    For spontaneous shots and just ease of carrying around, I have used my G9. It is amazing with many of the features you describe in your G10 review. The description of the G10, makes me salivate but for now I will stick with the G9.

  • Monica

    December 24, 2008 09:43 pm

    I really like the G series too. I have two older models that I purchased before I bought my Canon EOS and I go back to them frequently for ease of use and performance. Good cameras!

  • Mel

    December 24, 2008 05:50 pm

    I used a G5 for years before purchasing a DSLR. It was and still is a fantastic camera; I was really impressed with the high-quality images it produced.

    My friend also uses a G3, and despite its age it still takes great pictures too. Makes me want to get my hands on the G10 to try it out...

  • Jane

    December 24, 2008 02:19 pm

    I've had a Powershot G9 for the past year, and I've taken it on two overseas holidays. It was great to carry around as something more than just a point and shoot. I loved the fact I could shoot in RAW with it, and fix those newbie photo problems back in Photoshop when I got home. Its macro mode is utterly fantastic.

    I've since upgraded to a full DSLR, but I will still keep my G9 as a powerful and quick point and shoot. I bought the adapter and the wide angle lens, which I think I'll keep permanently attached to it for my next trip.

  • Aton

    December 24, 2008 01:54 pm

    *whispers* Will the stone caster peek out from his glass house long enough to see the errors stated on purpose for fun? Let's watch.

    The G10 is fantastic. I have many friends who use it as their back up even in pay situations. I have recommended it to two friends and both are thrilled with their results. They opted for it while traveling instead of a full bodied SLR or DSLR.

    I have heard and read comments similar to Rob's however. My answer is the same as it always is with technology. Wait.

  • Aton

    December 24, 2008 01:47 pm

    I find it funny that the same person who doesn't comment on the content and purpose of the message but instead laments the entire world for it's acceptance of poor grammar, is perfectly ok with their own broad sweeping generalizations. He ain't no good at not generalizing and pigeonWHOLEing. ;)

  • Cheryl

    December 24, 2008 01:22 pm

    Yes the G10 is very fast on startup. I just got mine and took it to Hawaii last week and it rocks.. Small, and the macro shots are awesome.

  • ROB

    December 24, 2008 08:51 am

    Nothing that makes me want to upgrade from the G9, especially now time lapse feature set has vanished.

    Interestingly G9 is more expensive on Amazon than the G10.

    Still a great camera and if I did not have a G9 it would be first on my shopping list.

  • Grant Northsby

    December 23, 2008 07:00 pm

    I have been using a Canon Powershot G10 for a while now and have had quite a bit of success in selling some of the images I've taken with it on micro stock photo sites. It's really good and people buying images have no idea that I took them on a point and shoot!

  • Nic

    December 23, 2008 06:47 pm

    I've owned a G3 for years. In fact, I still own it and use it regularly. I really love the thing. Except for *one* thing, and that is the very slow startup time. It was bugging me but it's not until I recently got a new digital SLR that I realised how slow it was. Is the G10 quite quick?

  • migs

    December 23, 2008 01:14 pm

    I have my G9 for almost 2 years now and I don't think I'll be rushing off to buy a G10. The wide angle lens on the G10 makes the picture image so distorted.

  • Slava33

    December 23, 2008 06:31 am

    G9 is still more expensive on Amazon, that's saying something. No HD video, supposedly smaller pixels = higher noise sensor.

  • Oakland photography

    December 23, 2008 05:53 am

    I love my G9.

    Used a G3 for years.

    I never even bring my D70 with me anywhere cause the G9 kicks a$$.

  • James

    December 22, 2008 11:22 pm

    This camera suxs.....

  • Bozo Tic

    December 22, 2008 07:13 pm

    Ken Rockwell did a review on this camera too. To see more info about G10, go here: http://kenrockwell.com/canon/g10.htm

  • Adrian Christianto

    December 22, 2008 03:37 pm

    Hey, what about an LX3 review and compare it with G10?

    I know there are plenty other websites done that, but you know, DPS gotta have one of those reviews :D

  • Darren

    December 22, 2008 12:59 pm

    post updated as suggested - thanks for the help guys. We appreciate reader feedback although are largely operating on a volunteer staff (plus I live in Australia and am asleep when many of our posts go live) so we're not always immediate with updates.

  • stephen

    December 22, 2008 11:13 am

    You'd think that running something through MS Word would be easy, huh?

  • Andre

    December 22, 2008 10:40 am

    They took the trouble to correct the statement about the 14 MP (sort of), but not correct the grammar error.

    Yes, I guess I'm the grammar police. Why is everyone so OK with writers using bad grammar? The world is going down the tubes.

    I see the author repeatedly makes the same grammar error on her professional website.

  • vs

    December 22, 2008 09:41 am

    so, what about LX3 ? i think it's much better cost/benefit...

  • Tom

    December 22, 2008 06:29 am

    I recommend the G10 to many people who ask what camera to buy, however, I also recommend the older G7. My friend has the G7, and when I go shooting in Seattle, he often comes and joins me with his G7. It works perfectly...he's used my Canon 430EX flash on it many times (We laugh that the flash is as big as the camera), and since his step mom is a flight attendant, he traveled a lot, and took his camera with him. In all of his travels, the photos were amazing, especially for being a G7. It may not have 14 megapickles, but it does have a LOT less of a price tag. And who needs 14 megapickles anyway?

    So I say go for the older model! the G7!

  • Harvey

    December 22, 2008 02:56 am

    I have the Canon G9 and have loved it. I'm no photography expert though and I'm sure I haven't used it to its potential yet. I need lessons!

  • Naois

    December 22, 2008 01:14 am

    Wow... the grammar police are everywhere these days!

    My friend has this camera and he loves it.

  • Matt

    December 22, 2008 01:13 am

    I think she means first 14 megamixel RAW enabled digicam. I've owned a lot of "G" series Canon's and they're great. This one stands out from its predecessors because Canon finally equipped a true wide angle on the G10.

    I'm waiting for a larger sensor (to help with high ISO noise) to make a debut on the G Series. A larger sensor along with an even wider angle lens would make this camera super hot.

  • Ryan Holloway

    December 22, 2008 01:01 am

    I think he means it's the first "14 megapixel RAW enabled camera" which is typical advertising BS to say.

    Ryan

    www.ryanhollowayphotography.com

  • Andre

    December 22, 2008 12:55 am

    What does "first RAW enabled camera on the market" mean? Lots of point & shoots have had RAW capability for years.

    Also, "to get some photo’s printed"? I know this is a website, not a professional magazine, but that's no reason to use improper grammar. There's no apostrophe used for plural.

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