Travel Tech Review: Canon Powershot D10

canon-powershot-d10I am really rough with cameras. Case in point: A couple of years ago, I went to an awards night and woke up with a cracking Champagne headache and crumpled blob of metal for a lens. All I remember is taking a pic of my friend Panda with Senator Stephen Conroy and kerchunk (that is the sound of a lens hitting a metal chair leg). Oops.

Over Christmas, I took my patched up Olympus to Africa with me and spent the entire time wishing I’d bought a new camera. One of the sad truths of group travel is that there is always someone who has a better camera than you. Beauty is not so much in the eye of the beholder as in the lens and the guy with the brand new Canon Ixus was making us all look like amateurs.

That’s why I was so excited when the kind folk at Canon let me take try out the Canon Powershot D10 for a couple of weeks. This camera is virtually indestructible. It’s waterproof to 10m, shock proof up to a height of 1.22m, freeze proof down to -10 degrees and looks like something James Bond would take on an underwater spy mission.

It’s really easy to use, you can chuck it in your handbag without worrying that you’re going to wreck it and you don’t even have to put it in a case (love that). It has a decent zoom, a 12.1 mega pixel lens and a timer for group shots that you want to be in.

This is an example of the zoom at work. Not bad for a camera that is the photographic equivalent of a ute, huh?

If you are a bit of a klutz who likes to take your camera everywhere, the Canon Powershot D10 is the perfect snapzygig for you. RRP $599

Tell me, friends, have you ever done anything horrible to your camera?

6 Responses to “Travel Tech Review: Canon Powershot D10”
  1. Cousin Mick says:

    Im a big Fan of the Olympus Underwater 1030SW Cam.
    Truly indestructable- SHockproof, waterproof, freezer proof (not sure abouth the last one)
    you can get them for about $400 these days,com_product/task,detail/type,archived/id,297/Itemid,69/

  2. mel says:

    I did something that wasn’t so much horrible to my camera than the photos on it… after a cousin’s wedding ceremony, halfway through the reception, I hit ‘delete’ to get rid of a pic, and didn’t realise I’d hit ‘delete all’. It took me a while to realise why it was taking so long to do its thing, and then I freaked out and mashed all the buttons trying to get it to stop. It had started deleting from the most recent photos taken, so I’d lost all the wedding shots, and whatever vital pics had been before that. Was there alcohol involved? Um, what do you reckon?

  3. admin says:

    Alcohol + cameras = loss of memories…

  4. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  5. Greta says:

    Have I ever done something horrible to your camera?
    I can safely say that YES I have done something horrible to my camera.
    I have actually done something horrible to my ‘cameras’!

    Last year I broke not only one, but 3 relatively trustworthy cameras.
    1) NYE 2008/09 – I took it out with me, need I say more?
    2) Was swinging the camera (a little too enthusiastically) while I walked and accidently threw it onto the sidewalk.
    3) It actually wasn’t really my fault with this one. The zoom lens just froze in extended… but perhaps some sand got stuck in it from that beach rumble???

    I think I need to give this camera a go!

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