Canon PowerShot G10 goes for the resolution boost
A bump to 14.7 megapixels is the most notable enhancement to the Canon PowerShot g10.
First, the basics:
|Canon PowerShot G10|
|Resolution||12 megapixels||14.7 megapixels||13.5 megapixels||10 megapixels|
|Lens (35mm equivalent)||f2.8-4.8 35-210mm (6x)||f2.8-4.5 28-140mm (5x)||f2.7-5.9 28-112mm (4x)||f2.0-2.8 24-60mm (2.5x)|
|LCD||230,000 pixels, 3 inches||460,000 dots, 3 inches||230,000 pixels, 2.7 inches||460,000 dots, 3 inches|
|Max ISO sensitivity at full resolution||ISO 1600||ISO 1600||ISO 1600||ISO 3200|
|Raw format supported||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Movie capture||VGA 30fps, 1024x768 15fps||VGA 30fps||n/a||848x480 30fps|
|Mfr. pricing and availability||$499.99; now||$499.99; October||$449.95; late September||$499.95; now|
First, this doesn't look like the kind of update that will inspire envy in G9 owners. The couple extra megapixels probably isn't worth it, and though Canon giveth with the improved wide-angle coverage, it taketh away in total zoom range. The bump to Digic 4 will probably help with photo quality; usually each generation of image processing does eke out some improvements, but some of that must go to compensating for noise on the same-size but higher-resolution sensor, as well as to maintaining performance. The new capabilities in the processor--Face Detection, Servo AF, Face Detection Self-Timer, and Intelligent Contrast Correction--are probably more important to the audience of snapshot-camera users than the manual enthusiasts who tend to buy the G series models. As for the competition, the Nikon P6000's built-in GPS is a mighty attractive option, but traditionally the Nikons have had disappointing performance, so a lot may be riding on how well they stack up against each other for speed.