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Canon readies D10 as first rugged PowerShot

updated 12:35 am EST, Wed February 18, 2009

Canon PowerShot D10

In an uncharacteristic step for the company, Canon this evening has broken ground with its first ruggedized PowerShot. As the first in its series, the D10's housing has been rounded, sealed off and internally hardened to resist extremes: the camera can operate underwater at depths up to 33 feet, take drops from as much as 4 feet up, and resists freezing with temperatures as low as 14F. Some controls and the flash are also oversized to ensure good control and shot quality while swimming or wearing gloves.

As a camera, the D10 has the 12-megapixel image resolution of most of Canon's 2009 SD cameras and touts a 3X lens with optical image stabilization, a full-auto scene recognition mode, blink/face detection and support for ISO levels up to 1,600. Movie shooting, however, is limited to 640x480. It ships in early May for $330 and will have the option of custom straps and carabiners as well as less practical faceplates for the camera's front.

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  1. JeffHarris

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    The D10 looks really cute! I wish this had been available in December when I went to Aruba for 10 days of snorkeling!

    I had the choice of buying an expensive plastic shell for a Canon PowerShot SD550, using disposable underwater cameras or buying a waterproof camera.

    I compromised and bought an Olympus Stylus 1030SW, with similar specs to this except for a 28mm - 102mm lens and 10.1 MP. The design and especially the location of the lens is not great. Image quality at 10MP is quite noisy, too. At 5MP it's quite good.

    10 or 12 MP in a camera this small is ridiculous, BTW. There's no way you'll get decent full resolution photos unless you're in absolutely perfect conditions.

    While I was able to get some decent photos with the Olympus, I'd have been MUCH happier with a Canon since I'm familiar with their cameras and level of quality.

    After using a camera that I do NOT have to worry about getting wet... how many times have I gone hiking or biking or skiing and left my camera at home... It's really nice to have a TRULY go-anywhere camera. Just being able to stick it underwater and take pictures is fantastic! It really changes the way you think about photo taking.

    This should be a good seller.

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