Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Canon Powershot D10
Member Name: RachyD
Canon Powershot D10
Advantages: Well, waterproof!
Disadvantages: Macro function isn't great
I have use of this camera even though I don't technically own it (it's my Dad's!). Happily that means that I didn't pay the £200 it costs. Whilst not being expensive for a waterproof camera it's not at the student-budget end either.
The camera looks very smart with its two tone blue and silver colour scheme as shown in the photograph. It isn't the smallest camera I've come across but it's certainly not bulky and easily fits in my handbag/beachbag with no space issues. The main difference between this and standard 'dry' compacts is that is isn't compressed front-to-back. Quite refreshingly it's an attractive curved shape, very handy for getting a good grip on it whilst snorkelling and diving. The camera comes with a strap and toggle so you can attach it to your wrist with no fear of it floating off/ending up on the sea floor. Handily the strap is detachable and fits onto any one of the four corners of the camera giving lefties and righties equal consideration. The camera has a reasonably sized screen and all the essential buttons are of a good size and easy to locate whilst on-the-go.
Set in Auto mode the camera is straight forward to use and the 'point and shoot' approach gets you a respectable photo. It also has a multitude of different specialist settings to choose from if you want to take a very specific shot, these include; beach, kids&pets, sunset, portrait, landscape etc. Whilst these all aid in getting a much higher quality shot they are a little confusing at times as there's so many to choose from and take a little getting used to. Once you know what's there and how the camera functions under each setting then choosing the correct one for any given situation is much easier and your photos will be much better for just this little bit of effort. I am particularly impressed with the sunset setting which really helps you to capture the beautiful colours and hues that usually end up looking wishy washy under the Auto setting.
The camera I use has happily stayed waterproof so far (touch wood!) and the shots taken underwater, whilst highly dependant on environmental conditions at the time, are decent quality. Getting a crisp picture is no problem, getting a fish to stay still while you take it is much harder. In all fairness I have used it underwater on multiple occasions but my experience of taking pictures underwater is limited. Of the shots I have I do have some that are breathtaking and that certainly had nothing to do with me and was all the camera just doing it's thing! Like I said previously, buttons are all easy to use underwater and the screen is big enough to view easily even with a mask on. The 3x optical zoom comes in very handy when you're chasing down that elusive fish/turtle/ray although the limited light penetration in water sometimes means the pictures are a little dark. Counter this by taking photos on a sunny day at midday!
Out of water the camera functions very well too with active shots, landscape and portraits all of a high quality. The only let down in this respect is the macro function which isn't as good as my standard 'non-waterproof' camera. Very close up shots of insects and the like can be tricky, not impossible though.
The menu button opens up a whole world of variables on this camera allowing you to fiddle around with the settings to your heart's content. I'm not a photographer however and most of this is dutch to me. My Dad assures me it's all very critical for those in the know though! I like the option to switch between home & away time zones which lets you change the time easily when going on holiday and means the correct time and date is attached to each photo.
The battery and memory card slot are easily accessible and battery charge time is minimal at around two to three hours from flat. The charger I received is in fact a US plug which plugs into a special adaptor for the uk market. This is ideal when I'm actually in the US/Caribbean as no adaptor is required. Perfect!
Great camera for those who like an active lifestyle. Personally I just like fish and it suits me fine too!
Summary: Looking for an easy to use waterproof compact & you have £200? This is highly recommended!
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