How did this one escape me? The Canon PowerShot D10 was announced in mid February. The Blurb from Canon is that the camera is “a first of its kind for Canon, comes equipped with a 12.1-Megapixel resolution and 3x Optically Stabilized Zoom lens, making it an ideal companion for thrill-seekers of all types. This uniquely styled camera is amazing for capturing high-resolution images and off-camera editing. The PowerShot D10 Digital Camera can withstand depths up-to-33-feet deep, is freeze proof from 14 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof up-to-four feet. To add a little fun and funky style to this great camera, an optional accessory kit is available containing distinctive accessories, such as a customized strap, cool face plates and a carabineer hook (attached to a strap). The PowerShot D10 IS Digital Camera is scheduled to be available in early May for an estimated retail price of $329.99.”
My take on it: I’ve always liked the image quality from Canon compacts, and at 12MP, the D10 looks promising. The two big negatives for me are the lack of an optical viewfinder, which means I’ll have to struggle in bright sunlight to compose and shoot using the LCD screen; and the lack of a proper wide-angle lens. The D10’s zoom only starts out at 35mm, and I would have preferred at least 28mm.