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Canon PowerShot SX10 IS - Test Shots - ISO Performance

By Cliff Smith



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Over the next few pages we show a range of test shots. On this page the full size image at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced to let you see the full image, and a series of full resolution crops have taken from original images at a range of ISO settings to show the overall image quality.


This is the full frame at 80 ISO.


At 80 ISO the image quality is excellent, with nice smooth tones and no noise.


At 100 ISO the results are still good, but there is a tiny bit of noise creeping in.


Slightly more noise at 200 ISO, but overall quality is still good.


Still plenty of fine detail at 400, although the shadows are looking rather grainy.


Quite noisy now at 800, but colour balance and detail are still pretty good.


At 1600 ISO all fine detail has been lost; small prints only.


This is the full frame at 1600 ISO.



January 23, 2009, 11:02 pm

I bought one of these just before christmas, couldnt wait for you review, as i do trust your judgement. On my first hand experience on this camera I would agree with your findings, but add a few things.

Movie mode is excellent, same is the ability to zoom and get a blur free picture thanks to the IS, which also works in said movie mode

The selection wheel is a pain, more like a wheel of misfortune, when moving it either does nothing or moves too far, it has no clicks and works like a moody teenager

camera is a little bigger than expected, annoying doesnt come with a printed manual (pdf only) or even the tiniest sd card for test, does have 4 alkalines and the cheapest mini usb cable i have ever seen.


January 24, 2009, 7:29 pm

It looks like a superb camera with the best picture quality I've seen from ultrazooms in its class (with the Sony H50 in second). The only real negatives (for me) are its size and weight.


January 25, 2009, 5:05 am


IMO Sony H50 is easily beaten by Panny FZ28 (both in terms of IQ and user-friendliness).

SX10 IS looks nice (almost DSLR-like), is loaded with tons of features, but lacks RAW.


January 31, 2009, 7:26 pm

Where is the Review for the Canon SX1 IS?!


February 1, 2009, 10:23 pm

What's your preferred choice? This, or the Panasonc FZ28?


February 4, 2009, 6:41 am

I bought it at 260 USD. I think it's of great price and value.


May 5, 2009, 9:31 pm

I have for a few weeks now been contemplating buying this camera and have written down lots of stores on-line prices. Now we come to the pure greed of UK suppliers, including my favourite, Amazon. they have ALL stuck on from between 㿅.00 to over 㿔.00 on this camera--why you ask? Well Canon are doing a 㿞.00 cash-back on this camera. These greedy stores just hate to see anyone getting something do they not? Not a review of course just my feelings on the greed of UK camera sellers and worth a mention here. Give them all a miss until offer ends and watch them tumble the prices.


August 13, 2010, 11:33 am

After 1.5 years of easy use of my Canon SX10 IS, the camera has thousands of bad CCD pixels (one vertical line + some standalone). Repairing costs the 85% of a new SX20 IS, though I will not buy a new one nor have the old repaired. I will look around at other brands.

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