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

Finally here are is the comparison at ISO 1600 between the G10 and 1000D.

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

Studio scene comparison (@ ISO 1600)

  • Canon PowerShot G10: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 1600, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.67 EV compensation

  • Canon 1000D: Canon 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 1600
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Canon PowerShot G10
Canon EOS 1000D
ISO 1600, 1/1250 sec, F4
ISO 1600, 1/400 sec, F9
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4,298 KB JPEG

At ISO 1600 the image quality from the G10 is almost unusable. There is lots of ISO noise and very little fine detail available. The 1000D on the other hand is quite impressive, with ISO noise quite low, and most of the fine detail retained. The larger sensor in the 1000D again is showing its benefits. For the same, or similar, money the image quality difference is huge.

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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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