The first-ever PowerShot digital camera with underwater functionality.
The star of Canon's 10 February media briefing about the company's 2009 range of digital cameras was unquestionably the PowerShot D10 — quite a feat considering it was the only no-show at the event. Despite the absence of any preproduction models, the Canon PowerShot D10 remained the talking point of the afternoon. To find out all about this exciting and versatile waterproof digital camera, check out the following slideshow.
A range of optional accessories will be available, including the wetsuit-like carry case pictured here.
As the first waterproof PowerShot camera, the Canon PowerShot D10 is a bold venture for the company. It will directly compete with Olympus’ Tough range. The Canon PowerShot D10 is waterproof for depths of up to 10 metres, which puts it on par with the Olympus MJU Tough 8000. It’s also freeze-proof (to -10°C) and shockproof (to 1.22m). It will therefore suit a range of outdoor activities, including swimming, snorkeling, surfing and skiing.
With a range of detachable faceplates to choose from, the Canon PowerShot D10 has been designed with both durability and style in mind. The thick casing has been reinforced to withstand water pressure, making it suitable for diving enthusiasts. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to test the camera so we’re unable to report whether the camera sinks or floats. (We’re inclined to believe it's the former.)
A range of carry hooks will also be available for the Canon PowerShot D10, including the belt attachment pictured above.
One of the drawbacks of waterproof cameras is the difficulty of shooting underwater. Canon hopes to remedy this by using extra-large buttons and a 2.5in PureColour II LDC screen. We’ve yet to have any hands-on experience with the Canon PowerShot D10, but operation should hopefully be a breeze.
The Canon PowerShot D10: top button details.
The Canon PowerShot D10 doesn’t skimp when it comes to inbuilt features and components. With a 12.1-megapixel CCD sensor and a DiG!C 4 processor with Intelligent Auto technology, the PowerShot D10 should be capable of taking high-quality photos.
If the Apple iPod-flavoured marketing is anything to go by, Canon is aiming the PowerShot D10 at young adults with a penchant for skiing and water sports.
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