The Canon Powershot V10 is a first-generation camera designed specifically for vlogging, offering 4K/30p and Full HD 60p video recording and 20MP JPEG images, plus a user experience unlike that of a phone smart or more multipurpose cameras like Sony. .
It has the same 1-inch sensor as the Canon Powershot G7 X III from 2019, but it has a fixed 18mm F2.8 lens, which means it also faces the Sony ZV-1F. Unlike those cameras, the design is unashamedly focused on vlogging, but the Powershot V10 has what it takes to cement its place among best vlogging cameras? Read on to find out.
Canon Powershot V10: Release date and price
- $399 / £429 / AU$699 for the vlogging kit
- The Advanced Vlogging Kit for Europe is just £459
The Canon Powershot V10 is available from June 2023, priced at $399 / £429 / AU$699 for the Vlogging kit, which includes a rubber lens cap made by SmallRig and magnetic windscreens for the microphones stereo on the top of the camera.
Only in Europe there is also an Advanced Vlogging Kit, which also includes a SmallRig cage, priced at £459. We’re told it’s the first time Canon has partnered with an accessory manufacturer before a product launch to produce compatible accessories.
Canon Powershot V10: Design
- Built-in folding stand means no tripod required
- Simplified custom user interface
- Fixed 18mm ultra wide angle lens
Sitting in the palm of my hand, the Canon Powershot V10 weighs just 211g and offers a completely different user experience than most other vlogging cameras, for better or for worse.
It’s certainly a curious camera. The first thing that attracts me is the 2-inch flip-up touchscreen and inside a built-in folding stand. The stand is very sturdy, and I can already see how it eliminates the need to carry and mount tripods and other supports, and makes life with a camera pointed at yourself much easier.
I’m not a content creator myself, but I know all too well the challenge of precariously balancing a phone for hands-free selfies (of course, there are optional phone mounts available). Whether you’re recording yourself playing an instrument, cooking, or doing whatever you want to share online hands-free, the V10 simplifies the process.
The screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio, and that’s the aspect ratio the sensor uses for photography, but for 16:9 video recording there’s a black border at the top and bottom of the frame, which offers some options on the screen. room to breathe
The front of the camera is dominated by a chunky record button and a bulbous 18mm F2.8 lens, which Canon says converts to 19mm for photography. You can’t zoom in or out, but a fixed ultra-wide angle lens is what you need for vlogging; if you want to zoom in, the camera itself has to move.
Pressing the touch screen displays four video recording modes: regular movie recording, skin softening, image stabilization video (digital), and manual exposure video. These modes cover all the bases, and the ultra-wide lens makes the most sense for run-and-shoot videos, as the digital image stabilization narrows the field of view a bit (no official numbers on gravity, but is minor. ).
There is also a direct button to switch to photo mode. In short, most of the shooting scenarios have quick access and there is no need to delve into the menus. If you decide to explore the menu further, it’s pleasantly small, with very little to navigate.
As for audio, there are omnidirectional stereo microphones on top of the camera, but there’s no option to isolate sound from any particular direction, unlike a camera like the Panasonic G100, which can distinguish between front and rear audio, and even use face detection to automatically select the best audio settings. No, the technology in the V10 is much simpler.
Most people looking to improve audio quality on a camera like the V10 via its 3.5mm mic input would go the lavalier mic route. Although not ideal, it is possible to attach a remote lapel microphone transmitter to the flip-up screen, or customers in Europe can attach the optional cage to the camera, which includes a pair of tripod threads that in turn could contain these accessories.
There is an automatic wind filter, but on windy days the optional windscreen accessory will further improve the audio quality. Unfortunately, the camera design hasn’t been fully thought through to take these accessories into account: the windshields block at least half of the flip-up screen in selfie mode.
With foresight, perhaps the flip screen could also be designed so that it could be raised to a higher position from the body when in selfie mode. Windscreen or not, I’d like to see this kind of design for easier viewing.
Windshields aren’t the only optional accessories that are poorly implemented. The cage (which has poor build quality, especially the lock), blocks the grip of the drop-down stand, making it much more difficult to use the stand.
The V10 has the look and feel of an action camera, but don’t go jumping in the water – there’s no weather sealing. That said, for shots where the camera might get splashed or dirty, I’d rather risk damaging the V10 than my smartphone.
After a short time with the V10, it’s clear that the lens attracts dirt and smudges. And with the little camera in my pocket and ready for action, I’d also pack a lens cloth for a quick wipe before shooting each shot.
These issues aside, the V10 design makes content creation as easy as possible. It’s refreshingly different and designed specifically for work.
Canon Powershot V10: Features and Performance
- The same 1-inch sensor as the Powershot G7 X III
- One hour battery life
- Digital image stabilization only
Inside the Powershot V10 is the same 1-inch sensor found in the Canon Powershot G7 X III, although this camera includes a zoom lens and the sensor here has been optimized for the ultra lens big
If you’re not familiar with the G7 X III, it was an attractive choice for vlogging when it launched, but that was four years ago, and we’re getting essentially the same technology in the V10, in a world where smartphone cameras smart have progressed quickly.
As for images, the sensor is 20MP and can only shoot in JPEG format. However, the V10 is designed for video content, and to that end offers 4K video up to 30 fps (and up to ISO 3200) and Full HD video up to 60 fps (and up to ISO 6400). In 2023, these recording options are the minimum we expect.
Files are stored on a microSD card, storage typically used by older, more basic cameras and phones. If you’re trying to record the highest-quality 4K video, your recording times will suffer unless you insert the best-performing microSD card available.
Battery life is about an hour of recording time, and the V10 charges via USB-C. It is possible to charge the camera while recording, for example via a connected power bank.
Naturally, a camera designed for vlogging needs to be able to stream live, and the V10 offers a relatively headache-free wireless streaming experience via the Canon Camera Connect app. Setup takes a few minutes (you’ll need to select the right camera option to get all the options available to the V10), and then you’re ready to connect to Facebook, YouTube and other platforms in Full HD, with Options 6 Mps and 3.5 Mbps.
For those on the go with the V10, there’s digital image stabilization. It is less effective than in-body image stabilization and, as already mentioned, imposes a small cropping of the image area. From a brief look at handheld walking videos shot with the V10, its digital IS is a bit jarring, but it certainly smooths out some of the vibrations caused by footsteps.
Canon’s subject and face-tracking AF is implemented, and for the simple situations I’ve used the camera in so far, such as taking selfies, it’s proven to be sticky and reliable.
Canon Powershot V10: Image and video quality
- Only 20 MP JPEG still images
- Sharp ultra wide angle lens
- Canon’s precise color science
A 1-inch sensor is larger than most sensors found in smartphones today, so the V10 has a natural advantage when it comes to image and video quality, especially since the camera also it benefits from the same color science as Canon’s mirrorless EOS R. cameras
You can keep the settings on auto and the pictures will look lovely. If you want to get creative, there are 14 different color filters that can be applied to photos and videos, all ready to go, unlike flat profiles that maximize tonal detail for editing later.
The 20MP (5472 x 3648 pixels) images pack a decent amount of detail and the lens is sharp with little fall-off in the corners, which is impressive considering the wide field of view. There is some barrel distortion, which is to be expected with an ultra-large lens, but it’s nothing distracting and is minimized by automatic JPEG processing. In short, the detail in bright condition looks clean.
There is no option to shoot in raw format, which allows wider exposure corrections than compressed JPEG files. For example, auto errs on the side of overexposure and there can be some clipping in bright highlights like white clouds, which is hard to recover from.
As for video, the aspect ratio can be set to 16:9 or 9:16, and skin smoothing can be applied with varying degrees of strength depending on how vain (or self-aware) you are. . There’s also a built-in ND filter that can regulate exposure when moving between light and dark environments.
While manual exposure is available, this is generally a camera that’s best left to create with a click, with minimal settings manipulation.
Please note that the sample images and videos taken inside were shot with a beta version of Canon Powershot V10.
Canon Powershot V10 early verdict
From a features and performance perspective, the Canon Powershot V10 can’t compete with the latest vlogging alternatives, with the Sony ZV-1F being the most natural competition; the technology inside the V10 is older. However, what you get is a completely different user experience, and this is where the V10 starts to make more sense.
It’s a purpose-built vlogging camera that’s sleek and easy to use straight out of the box. The drop-down stand makes a lot of sense, as does the form factor. However, the V10 feels very much like a first-generation camera, and there are a few design improvements we’d like to see implemented if there was a successor.
Ikaroa has been keeping an eye out for the latest and greatest gadgets. Canon’s Powershot V10 digital camera certainly fits into this category. The compact digicam is perfect for those looking to capture high-quality photographs with a dinky design.
The Powershot V10 has been designed to stand out from the crowd with its curves and petite size. Although slated as an entry-level offering, the design and form-factor of the device is still capable of delivering top-notch operation.
The V10 features a tiny 5-megapixel CCD sensor and lens that enables users to capture plenty of detail. Coupled with the camera’s 3x optical and 4x digital zoom you can be sure that capturing moments accurately won’t be a problem. The device is also equipped with tracking autofocus and a range of manual options, making it a great option for those looking for simplistic control.
The Powershot also features a robust set of features for creative editing. With a range of preset effects and parameters, users are able to adjust their shots, add effects and create their own unique style.
While the Powershot V10 has plenty going for it, it faces stiff competition from other digicams on the market and is hampered with its dated design. Also, the unit’s controls lack the smooth and refined feel its rivals offer.
For users who are looking for a dinky, different and dated digital camera, the Canon Powershot V10 is a great choice. Ikaroa recommends the stylish device for users who are looking to capture memories with a minimalist design.