Canon PowerShot D10 review

Does Canon's first waterproof camera make a splash?

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Our Verdict

A decent camera for underwater shooting, but there are better options around


  • Waterproof to 10M
  • Good picture definition
  • Great Smart Auto mode


  • Sub-par zoom and shock-proofing
  • Not cheap

The PowerShot D10 is Canon's first attempt at a waterproof compact, and straight away it looks different from the rest. With a chunky, bulbous design that certainly looks the part, but which may have been needed to accommodate a larger, more conventional lens.

The zooming and Autofocus speeds are average to good, but the zoom range is disappointing, especially at this price. The picture quality is decent, though; results were very sharp and the exposure and colours were reasonable.

The Canon worked fine in freezing conditions, though the LCD display was more sluggish than at normal temperatures. Underwater, the D10 proved fine and the LCD's wide angle of view will prove useful for close-ups at awkward angles.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyPowerShot D
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, MultiMediaCard (MMC), MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
Screen Size6.4 cm (2.5")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)190 g
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height66.9 mm
Width103.6 mm
Depth48.8 mm
Product SeriesD
Focal Length6.20 mm to 18.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelD10
Product NamePowerShot D10 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number3508B009AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Waterproof and shockproof, the durable PowerShot D10 brings quality 12.1 MP imaging to active outdoor activities. Keep your hands free and your camera close with a range of great accessories. Canon's 3.0x optical zoom lens features an optical Image Stabilizer, to guard images against blur caused by camera shake essential in active, high-movement activities.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot D10 Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6L
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year