The Canon PowerShot D10, a little soap-sized and -shaped camera, is an almost perfect add-on to your taste for adventure. It can be used for scuba diving, snorkeling or surfing as well as snowboarding, mountaineering and whole lot more.
The form of the D10 is unique.
Unlike other current manufacturing designs, rounded surfaces suggest pressure-resisting toughness. As the flat surfaces of any underwater casing depend upon the strength of its material to resist the inward-bending forces of the underwater pressure, the D10 shape will fight the mounting pressures with tendency to “compact“ its shape. This is much like the self-supporting principle of arcs applied in building domes or bridges.
Canon D10 Layout
The layout of the D10 is usual for most Point & Shoot camera types. All controls are more or less where you’d expect them, except for the three buttons placed over the monitor.
To the right of the monitor is the usual layout of commands, equally well-spaced and meant to be thumb-operated. Among these buttons lies a small non-slipping surface which offers a solid, anatomically logical grasp for the thumb.
One of those buttons lets you select among various program modes; one displays the photos saved to the memory, and the third one is customizable. Once programmed, the button activates the selected camera function instantly. These buttons are large and well-spaced, easily accessible even when wearing diving gloves.
The D10 monitor
The 2.5″ monitor is crisp and sharp. The display can have an overlay of additional data, a rule of thirds grid for easy in-camera framing, or it can show only what the lens sees without the data. The intensity of the monitor can be adjusted to suit your needs for any specific ambient.
Getting used to the D10
The unusually rounded-off shapes of the camera need some time to get used to. At first I thought about gluing on some kind of a ridge, to feel the camera sit securely in my hand.
Then I found another solution which works well for me. It helps me hold the camera more solidly, especially for single-handed shooting.
I added the plastic coin-sized plate to the quick-release strap connector (which can be locked to any of the four receptacles situated at the camera corners). This connector I lock in the lower right receptacle. Holding the camera, I keep this plate on the outer side of my right hand fingers, which positions the camera securely in my hand, regardless of the shooting positions.
The D10’s excellent optics are placed in the middle of the camera front, shielded by dual-glass round port, i.e. there are two plan-parallel glass plates separated by a rubber ring. I guess that this double-glazing improves the camera’s anti-freezing and anti-fogging abilities. This arrangement sits on another rubber seal in the domed front of the camera housing. All is fixed with four screws through the port top and effectively seals the lens port.
The Flash Port
The flash port is situated directly over the lens dome cone. In the cone there are the focus-assist LED light and the camera’s microphone in a tiny pinhole. Sound recording is adequate, both in and out of water. The camera speaker is underneath, beside the tripod standard ¼“ screw point.
Handling the D10
All in all, the handling taking the still photos and movies is surprisingly natural. The record quality is a lot better than what one would expect of a camera in D10 price range. If you care to check the manufacturer’s specs, you will find out that the little camera is crammed with features which, added to its ambiental qualities, represent a very good investment.
The Canon D10 does have a weak spot, which every owner of the camera should be aware. However, the camera is worthy of recommendation, regardless of the incident described. Anyone drawing conclusions from my experience may expect never to experience the similar one when the camera is cared for properly.
Sample photos taken with the Canon D10
Note: sample photos are cropped and reduced in size