Saw Canon’s new Powershot D10 waterproof point and shoot camera today. I just spent a few minutes playing with it but overall it looked pretty good. The D10 is a bit larger and rounder than the other waterproof p&s cameras on the market today. I got the feeling that this was done intentionally to be easier to handle underwater (or with ski gloves on). This is backed up by the fact that the D10′s buttons are larger than your average p&s camera.
Anyone who is familiar with recent Canon p&s cameras won’t find anything confusing about the D10′s operation as far as I can tell. The only difference that jumped out at me was that the D10 has two buttons that control zoom instead of a rocker switch. Speaking of the zoom, I was a little disappointed to see that the D10 has a 35-105 equivalent lens. The 105 is fine on the long end, but I would have preferred to see 28 on the wide end. Finally, one very cool feature of the D10 is it has four different “latches” that you can clip straps and lanyards from. This gives a lot of options in terms of how you could strap or hang the camera off your body/bag/kayak/etc. To that end, Canon has a D10 accessory pack that includes three different lanyard/straps, three different faceplates, and a neoprene case.
From the Canon marketing materials:
Consumers looking for an all-around waterproof, freeze proof and shockproof camera should look no further. The Canon PowerShot D10 Digital Camera, a first of its kind for Canon, comes equipped with a 12.1-Megapixel resolution and 3x Optically Stabilized Zoom lens, making it an ideal companion for thrill-seekers of all types. This uniquely styled camera is amazing for capturing high-resolution images and off-camera editing. The PowerShot D10 Digital Camera can withstand depths up-to-33-feet deep, is freeze proof from 14 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof up-to-four feet. To add a little fun and funky style to this great camera, an optional accessory kit is available containing distinctive accessories, such as a customized strap, cool face plates and a carabineer hook (attached to a strap). The PowerShot D10 IS Digital Camera is scheduled to be available in early May for an estimated retail price of $329.99.