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Compared to... Canon PowerShot G9

We'll start by seeing how the G10 compares to its predecessor, the PowerShot G9. The resolution has increased, and the lens is also new. How does this impact the image quality?

In this section we have included comparisons at ISO 80, ISO 400 and ISO 1600.

Note: the G10 shots were taken from a slightly higher position than the G9 shots.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 80)

  • Canon PowerShot G10: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation

  • Canon PowerShot G9: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.33 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon PowerShot G10
Canon PowerShot G9
ISO 80, 1/50 sec, F4
ISO 80, 1/50 sec, F5
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The combination of the increased resolution sensor, the new lens and the new Digic IV processor has allowed the G10 to improve on the details and sharpness from the G9. It may take some carefully observation, but the improvement is definitely there. The colour response is almost identical to that of the G9. Overall the results at base ISO of the G10 is very impressive, and from a detail point of view puts many DSLRs to shame.

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cgarrard

Still a fantastic camera, and how wrong the conclusion was about how popular the G10 would be :). It's certainly not easy to predict camera sales or popularity, however, the G10 offered so much right I can't see how the conclusion could be anything other than highly recommended. Having owned the G10 before, twice, I still crave using it despite the fact that I've owned the G11,12, 15, and now 16 since. Although the G16 is infinitely better in many respects, the G10 remains the kind of camera that challenges the photographer to do everything right - and when he/she does, it rewards you with fantastic image quality.

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