Canon PowerShot G11

August 22nd, 2009 136 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

Canon PowerShot G11 camera features
The premium quality Canon lens delivers picture-perfect performance, offering a 5x wide angle (28mm) zoom with optical Image Stabilizer (IS). This allows handheld shots to be taken at much slower shutter speeds (4-stops) than conventional non-IS models – allowing perfect shooting in darker conditions or at a lower ISO. The Canon PowerShot G11 also greatly reduces blur caused by camera shake, photographers can shoot at longer focal lengths and in lower light conditions without the need for a tripod.

Shoot RAW photos with the Canon G11
The Canon PowerShot G11 digital compact camera includes the ability to shoot in RAW format and is compatible with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, ensuring that photo shoots can be easily integrated into a photographer’s workflow.

Canon PowerShot G11 deals with any light condition
The Canon PowerShot G11 digital camera is equipped to deal with any light condition. Low Light mode enables photographers to shoot up to ISO 12,800 in reduced 2.5MP resolution at 2.4fps capturing brilliant shots indoors without the need for a flash, whilst a built-in Neutral Density (ND) filter decreases light levels by 3 stops allowing creative control in bright conditions.

Fast moving objects easily captures by the Canon G11
The Canon PowerShot G11 compact camera gives photographers the freedom to perfectly shoot fast-paced action. Quick Shot mode takes images almost instantly after pressing the shutter, so fast moving objects are always captured, whilst Servo AF/ AE continuously adjusts focus and exposure to optimise settings when photographing moving subjects.

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Canon Powershot D10 Review

June 20th, 2009 197 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

The Canon PowerShot D10 represents Canon’s first foray into the all-action world of adventure cameras. The Canon D10 is waterproof up to 10 meters / 33-feet deep, freeze proof from -10°C / 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof up to 1.22 meters / 4 feet, and is fully protected from dust. More regular features include a 12 megapixel sensor, 3x zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization, 2.5 inch LCD screen, and new Smart AUTO, Blink Detection and FaceSelf-Timer modes.

Ease of Use

The Canon PowerShot D10 is certainly very distinctive, with toy-camera-like looks that you’ll either love or hate. Our review model had a turquoise blue and silver colour scheme, which can be customised by purchasing an optional coloured Front Cover Set. This is a well-made digital camera with a sturdy metal body and excellent overall finish. It’s just about small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, featuring a 3x optical zoom lens that’s equivalent to a focal length of 35-135mm. The maximum aperture is a fast f/2.8 at the wide end and a respectable f/4.9 at the other extreme of the zoom range. The PowerShot D10 is quite bulky, measuring 4.9cms thick when turned off, making it more suited to a small camera bag than a trouser pocket, but it only weighs 190g without the battery or memory card fitted.

As with most Canon cameras that we’ve reviewed before, the PowerShot D10 is one of the better models around in terms of build quality. Even the tripod mount is metal instead of plastic and positioned centrally in-line with the lens. The only minor criticism is the lack of any handgrip on the front, with just a smooth, flat finish embossed with the Canon logo, making it more difficult to hold than it really should be. Also, changing cards or batteries is not possible while the camera is mounted on a tripod, because the compartment door hinge is too close to the tripod socket.

The Canon PowerShot D10 has relatively few external controls, 14 in total, which reflects the fact that this is quite a simple camera in functionality terms, with only limited photographic control on offer. All the controls are clearly labeled using industry-standard symbols and terminology. As this camera will spend quite a lot of its life underwater, it thankfully has large On/Off and Shutter buttons, and the optical zoom is operated by buttons on the rear, rather than a more fiddly push/pull lever. We would have liked the zoom buttons to have been a little bigger though for quicker access in more unfamiliar shooting environments.

Located on top of the PowerShot D10 are the Print Transfer, Camera/Movie and Play buttons, plus the On/Off and Shutter buttons, and on the bottom are the metal tripod mount and sealed battery compartment, which also houses the SD memory card slot. On the rear of the PowerShot D10 is the 2.5 inch LCD screen, with all the rear controls located to the right. You can directly access the various focus and flash options by clicking left and right on the navigation pad, whilst up and down are respectively used to set the exposure compensation and timer options. There is sadly no dedicated button for ISO speed, which is a commonly used feature, although you can work around this by optionally setting the Print Transfer button to one of 7 available options (which include ISO speed).

Virtually all of Canon’s compact digicams offer a few little known but advanced functions, and the PowerShot D10 is no exception. These well-kept secrets, which you usually only learn about if you read the user guide attentively, include auto-focus lock (AFL), autoexposure lock (AEL) and flash exposure lock (FEL).  To lock the focus on a subject for a series of consecutive shots, press the Left button on the four-way pad once while holding the shutter release depressed halfway. To lock the ambient exposure, do the same with the Up button. Flash exposure lock is achieved the same way when the flash is set to Forced On. AEL is available in Program, Quick Shot and Movie modes (you needn’t hold down the shutter release for AEL when you are in Movie mode though).

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Canon PowerShot SX200 IS Review

June 10th, 2009 145 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

One of Canon’s latest round of PowerShot models with the current DIGIC 4 processor, the 12.1 megapixel PowerShot SX200 IS is built around a 1/2.3 inch CCD imager and a 12x, 28-336mm optical zoom. DIGIC 4 affords the new PowerShot several key features common to Canon’s latest models, including an advanced face detection system that tracks faces as quickly and cleanly as anything we’ve shot with (and automatically adjusts exposure and white balance besides), 720p video capture, Canon’s highlight/shadow balancing i-Contrast tool, 16 scene presets (including Color Swap and Color Accent modes), and Canon’s newly developed Smart Auto automatic scene recognition mode

Menus and Modes
Beyond the aforementioned quick-access menu, more involved shooting and playback settings are managed through a series of logically laid-out page menus. It’s a system that will be familiar to anyone who’s spent time shooting with Canons before, and even novices should quickly get the hang of how things break down in the SX200′s lists of settings.

Basic shooting modes include a redesigned auto-exposure mode, in the form of Canon’s aptly named Smart Auto system. A variant on the automatic scene recognition idea that’s become popular of late, Smart Auto analyzes shooting situations and responds accordingly, automatically selecting the most appropriate preset type from among several basic choices – portrait, landscape, and macro modes, for instance. Fast and responsive, Smart Auto has the added benefit of using a series of icons to communicate which preset it’s using, making it easy to override its choice via the camera’s program or scene modes if you’re unhappy. Other than occasionally hanging up on the macro preset, though, we had no problems with Smart Auto and found the final image results slightly better (especially in terms of focus consistency) than your typical AE shots.

As noted, the SX200 also provides 16 user-selected scene presets, including Canon’s trademark Color Swap and Color Accent modes. The list is basic for the most part, covering all of the typical situational options a snapshooter might need. As usual, five of the most basic options (portrait, landscape, night shot, kids and pets, and party/indoor modes) are available directly via the mode dial, with the rest selected from a pop-up list from the scene position.

The SX200 also features a full complement of manual exposure modes, including both aperture and shutter priority options and a full manual setting. The SX200′s manual mode is predictably clunky, with a button press required to switch from aperture to shutter speed settings and back again, but the priority modes are relatively easy to use. Spinning the scroll wheel changes your aperture or shutter setting, though I dislike the fact that there’s no “live” metering: you have to half-press the shutter release to check your exposure.

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