This seems to be happening a lot lately, but it's exactly a year and a day since I reviewed the Canon PowerShot G9. Time and technology march ever onwards, so today I'm taking a look at the G9's successor, unsurprisingly named the PowerShot G10. Actually it's not as predictable as all that, because for reasons too arcane to discuss here there was no G4 or G8, so this is actually the eighth model in Canon's flagship pro-sumer compact series.
Since the launch of the G1 in 2000, the G series has been the benchmark for high-spec compacts, and the G10 raises the standard even higher. It features a powerful 14.7-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor, a large 3.0-inch wide-view monitor with a class-leading resolution of 461k dots, and a 5x zoom image-stabilised f/2.8 - 4.5 lens with a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle setting (the G9 has a 6x zoom equivalent to 35-210mm). It has a full range of manual exposure controls, Raw mode shooting and the same DIGIC IV image processor as Canon's latest digital SLRs. Of course a specification like that doesn't come cheap, and the G10 is currently selling for around £340, although some retailers are charging over £400. This is significantly more expensive than most entry-level DSLRs.
The air is pretty thin up there at the top of the compact camera market, and G10 doesn't have a lot of direct competition. Its closest competitor is the fantastic Panasonic Lumix LX3 (£313), but anyone shopping for a high-spec compact will also want to consider the Nikon CoolPix P6000 (£307) and the Ricoh GR Digital II (£354).
At least the G10 looks like it should cost a lot of money. It's a large and imposing camera, measuring 109.1 x 77.7 x 45.9 mm and weighing approximately 380g fully loaded, around twice the size and weight of a typical pocket compact. It's also a few millimetres larger and around 30g heavier than the G9.