Canon D10

Canon PowerShot D10 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-105mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 190g - 104 x 67 x 49mm
  • Introduced July 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon D10 summary

Canon D10 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally revealed on July of 2009. The camera features a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The D10 ranks at #183 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #1121 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please use our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Here is a graph of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Canon D10 history

The Canon D10 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can discover all older and latest models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-D30 front thumbnailCanon D30
D10 vs D30
Canon-PowerShot-D20 front thumbnailCanon D20
D10 vs D20
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Canon-PowerShot-D10 front thumbnailCanon D1035-105mm

Canon D10 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon D10 based on aspects that are typically regarded as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with face detect focusing
focusing manually
good minimum ISO (80)
good zoom range (35-105mm 3.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW support
external flash not possible
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of mic jack
lack of Time Lapse function
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
max frames per second very slow (1.0 fps)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.9)
no aperture priority
no manual control
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (230 k dot)
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.5")
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
wide angle not the best (35mm)
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Canon D10 Sensor information

The measurement of the sensor in the Canon D10 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The picture below displays the D10's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The D10 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon D10 dimensions

Canon D10 weighs in at 0.42 pounds (190 grams or 6.70 ounces) and features outer dimensions of 104mm x 67mm x 49mm (4.1" x 2.6" x 1.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Canon D10 is similar in comparison with other rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Canon D10 with a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot D10 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the D10.

Canon PowerShot D10 topview buttons dials

Canon D10 Lens information

The D10 comes with a built in lens giving a focal range of 35-105mm giving it a 3.0 x zoom which is definitely not amazing nevertheless it would certainly be helpful in a few scenarios.

At it's widest 35mm, the lens offers an aperture of f2.8 and that's rather sluggish and not ideal in low light occasions and you might find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to raise your ISO leading to noisy images. For the long end, 105mm comes at f4.9 which is fairly slow and you will have to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Canon D10 Connectivity

The D10 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy images and at times adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Canon D10 Video information

The highest possible video quality in the Canon D10 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is low by today's standards. You should aim for at least FUll HD quality for video. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone socket so you get zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to look at a different camera should you require better sound in your videos.

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Canon D10 Weather Sealing

Canon D10 comes with weather proofing making it a great selection to use during challenging climates. This is especially valuable when you are uncertain about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.

Canon D10 Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon D10 features a 2.5" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Canon D10 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather beneficial during bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Canon D10 Shutter information

Canon D10 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/5000 seconds.

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Canon D10 Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon D10 includes just integrated flash without external flash support.

Canon D10 Autofocus information

Canon D10 includes only Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and exact compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detection making it valuable for people photography.

The AF system features 9 focus points to select from. Canon D10 comes with manual focusing in case it is needed during low light or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Canon D10 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life within this type of cameras.

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Canon D10 for specific categories of photography

The following illustration provides a rundown of the Canon D10 for specific categories of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.

Canon D10 Portrait photography factors

The Canon D10 receives a rating of 32 which is lousy, and means the camera is not acceptable for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support & flexibility to work with off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
supports face detection focusing
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Canon D10 Street photography advice

With a average points total of 60, the Canon D10 is reasonably acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Canon D10 Sports photography information

A lousy sports photography score of 31 means the Canon D10 is not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
max frames per second very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF

Canon D10 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is extremely important in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Canon D10 gets a moderate 54 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively suitable to buy for your travels.

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weather sealing
built-in flash
no Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Canon D10

If you are looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Canon D10 with it's lousy rating of 35 for a landscape camera is not acceptable in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.5")
no manual mode
MP count low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse recording

Canon D10 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Canon D10 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a lousy score of 27.

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image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have external mic support

Canon D10 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the D10, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram followed below will give you a summary of the D10 vs it's top ranking competitors shown earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may look into as alternative options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon PowerShot D10
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35-105mm (3.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/5000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
3.20 m
Flash settings
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
190 gr (0.42 lbs)
104 x 67 x 49mm (4.1" x 2.6" x 1.9")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Price at release