Zoom levels are getting ridiculously high these days in consumer cameras
and I couldn’t be happier. While anything that supports 10X optical zoom and above can be technically classified as a superzoom camera, manufacturers are pushing the envelope with 15X, 18X, and with the new SX10 IS – 20X (28 – 560mm) optical zoom. By adding the IS (Image Stabilization) in the name of the camera itself Canon is reassuring the people that their images at full zoom levels will not end up a blurry mess. After using the camera for a couple of weeks, I can back that claim.
But before we get to that, let’s put first things first and talk about its looks and ease of use.
Even though the SX10 IS has a completely plastic body, it feels quite sturdy and is also a bit on the heavier side at 600g (with 4 AA batteries). The body’s almost as big as an entry-level DSLR camera at 128 x 88 x 87mm. Rest assured, this is not one of those cute pocketable superzooms; it’s a camera that makes it clear that you’re serious about your photography.
The tilt-n’-swivel screen is always an appreciated factor in a camera, and as Canon’s superzoom tradition goes, this one has it too. Compared to some of the giddily consumer-friendly cameras out there, the 2.5-inch screen may not sound impressive, but considering its excellent outdoor performance and the fact that it can move around to adjust to any tricky angle o may want to shoot in, I’ll give the display a big thumbs up.