Canon PowerShot G10 Review
The G10 is an evolution of the G9 Design, maintaining the metal construction and essentially the same body shape. The exposed body is nearly completely metal (only the battery door and the ports cover are plastic), and the matt-black finish gives it a stealthy, classic look. The new model has been pumping iron (or aluminum) beefing up by 40g (402g up from 362g), retaining the solid 'dense' feel.
Although cosmetically very similar to the G9 there are differences. The LCD is still 3 inches but the resolution has doubled. The metal accents of the G9 have been changed to black, and the handgrip is now textured and feels more secure to hold. Most of the default functions of the buttons are now painted on, and the buttons themselves are mostly raised or tilted to make them easier to press. The dedicated ISO dial has been moved to sit around mode dial; the old ISO dial is now an exposure compensation dial. And the model number of has been moved into the handgrip and inlayed. This now really is SLR junior rather than point and shoot senior.
In your hand
Coming from almost any other compact to this camera will come as a very pleasant surprise. This camera feels very comfortable and secure in the hand. The extra grip texture on the handgrip helps the secure feel. Metering and focus point selection, and AE Lock buttons are all within easy reach of the right thumb, but the location of the exposure compensation dial means it will usually be operated with the left hand. The camera never feels cramped, as long as it is used at arm's length.
Coming from a DSLR the G10 will be a revelation. This is one of the few compacts that feels as well built as a 40D/50D, and certainly feels better made than a 450D/1000D. While the G10 has retained the boxy rangefinder styling, and even the optical viewfinder. The further control enhancements over the G9 makes what was an intuitive camera to use even better for those who buy cameras to take lots of photos.
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