This isn’t a BEST OF PMA post. It’s a MOST INTERESTING OF PMA post.
Let’s stick with compacts here in part two of my most interesting list. As I said last time, I tend to ignore the point and shoot cameras at these shows because, well, there’s just too darn many of them. But the Canon Powershot D10 stands out. Why? It’s waterproof. Really!
If you’re hard on your gear, or need to make photos in wet environments (I live near Seattle so guess what – it’s wet here most of the time) this camera may be of interest to you.
Canon says the D10 is waterproof (you can take it under water as deep as 10 meters) and dustproof and can even stand a drop onto a hard surface from as high as three and a half feet.
Another interesting thing about the D10 is that it offers a 12.1 megapixel sensor. Canon is going backwards here. They crammed more pixels onto the G10. They’re back to a sensible 12.1MP on the D10.
The camera offers a 35-105 optical zoom and Canon’s latest Digic 4 processor.
Again, this camera isn’t intended to compete with an LX3 or a G10. No HD video or RAW mode. But the camera IS a very interesting contender for the adventure set. Those who spend a great deal of time outdoors and want a decent camera that they don’t have to coddle will want to take a look at the D10. Moreover, this technology will some day make its way to DSLRs and then the underwater housing guys will be running for the hills.