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Compared to... Canon EOS Rebel XS (1000D)

Here is the comparison at ISO 400 between the G10 and 1000D

Note: the G10 shots were taken from a slightly higher position than the 1000D shots.

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 400)

  • Canon PowerShot G10: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 400, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation

  • Canon 1000D: Canon 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 400
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon PowerShot G10
Canon EOS 1000D
ISO 400, 1/320 sec, F4
ISO 400, 1/100 sec, F9
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The 1000D’s ISO 400 shot looks almost the same as the ISO 100 image in terms of detail and ISO noise, whereas the G10, whilst good, has lost quite a bit of fine detail and has increased noise. This is the point at which the larger sensor size in the 1000D is showing benefits. The G10 image is certainly still very usable, but for the same (or similar) money, there is much better image quality available, and it’s no replacement for a digital SLR.

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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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