Canon PowerShot D10

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 May, 2009, 12:00am

Tough and smart: that's the message Canon is sending with its new PowerShot D10 digital camera, the company's first waterproof model.

The D10 is tough because it can dive with you up to 10m underwater and still work. You can also drop it from a height of 1.22m and it will still work. And you can take it skiing in temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius, and it will still work.

The D10 is smart because it now comes with something called Smart Auto, a kind of supercharged version of the basic Auto mode in cameras. Instead of just determining the correct exposure for an image with the shutter speed and lens aperture, Smart Auto actually taps into the Scene Selection feature and automatically chooses the most appropriate setting from 18 pre-defined scenes.

There's also a host of other features, such as Face Detection, Face Select & Track, Blink Detection, and Motion Detection - all helping to ensure you get a better picture. After all, the last thing you want to worry about is checking your camera's settings when you're snorkelling, or skiing down the side of a mountain.

The PowerShot D10 offers 12.1-megapixel image resolution, 3x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD display, and is built with a unique system for connecting straps. You can secure the D10 to the rest of your equipment for your next adventure using an optional strap with a carabiner (D-ring) hook. The PowerShot D10 sells for HK$2,880.

Pros: water-, shock-, freeze- and dust-proof, Smart Auto with Scene Selection for better photos, unique strap system

Cons: more expensive and heavier than basic models, does not support standard batteries so still needs power plug

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