Canon PowerShot V10 4K vlogging camera takes on a new form factor

May 11, 2023

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Canon PowerShot V10 4K vlogging camera takes on a new form factor

May 11, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Canon has announced its new PowerShot V10 Vlog camera. Designed for vloggers and content creators, the PowerShot V10 takes a big break from the traditional camera designs we’ve come to expect from Canon over the last couple of decades. It’s not an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera, but it also looks nothing like any point-and-shoot Canon’s ever released, either.

The usual small vlogging camera from Canon is the PowerShot G7X Mark III (buy here), although the new PowerShot V10 represents a significant price saving. It drops that $700-750 cost down to $429, lowering the barrier to entry for those wishing to get into vlogging. Inside, it has a 1-inch type sensor and a 6.6mm f/2.8 lens offering the full-frame equivalent field of view to a 19mm lens.

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Canon PowerShot V10 vlogging camera

Canon says that the PowerShot V10 is designed specifically for vlogging, with a tilt screen to let you see yourself, stereo microphones with built-in electronic wind filter, and even a built-in stand to let you place it down at will. But it’s also useful for other activities, too, such as live streaming or using as a USB webcam. Its vertical design allows you to easily slip it into a pocket when heading out to vlog and while there doesn’t appear to be any form of lens cover, the lens does appear to be slightly recessed into the unit to help protect it in your pocket.

On the front exterior of the PowerShot V10, the bit that faces the user, you’ve got the main 19mm equivalent f/2.8 lens and an easy-to-reach button to start and stop recording at will. Going over to the rear, we see a fairly basic array of buttons to let you access various features, including power, playback, self-timer, accessing the menu system and various other functions. We also see an LCD that covers the majority of the top half of the camera. This LCD can flip up to be viewed from the front to see how you are composed in your scene.

While the form factor is new for Canon, it’s very reminiscent of the Zoom Q2n-4K (buy here), which offers a similar set of features, but with a smaller 1/2.3″ sensor and a very wide 150° angle of view. While the Canon PowerShot V10 lens is wider than those of typical vlogging cameras, it should offer much less distortion than that of the Zoom Q2n-4K.

Exterior and connectivity

Around the top, bottom and sides of the unit, we get a better view of its connectivity options, as well as the built-in stand to let you set it down on a flat surface. On the top, we have a pair of microphones, recording in stereo, while underneath we see the microSD card slot and a 1/4-20″ threaded socket for mounting it to a tripod or even a selfie stick.

On the right side, we see the USB-C socket, which also supports UVC/UAC, allowing you to use it as a webcam on your computer for live streaming or video chats. On the left, we see the micro HDMI output along with the 3.5mm TRS microphone socket.

As well as wired USB and HDMI connectivity options, you’ve also got built-in 2.4GHz 802.11b/g and 802.11n, allowing you to communicate with the Android or iOS smartphone app. The app lets you remotely access files stored on the camera, remote control the camera or live stream directly to platforms like Facebook and YouTube. It has a built-in 1,250mAh 3.6v battery, and while I haven’t seen any mention of how long it’s supposed to last, they say it takes two hours to charge from flat to full.

Canon PowerShot V10 Specs

The specs for the camera aren’t anything extreme. At this price, they can’t really be expected to be. It lacks some features of the G7X Mark III, such as optical in-body image stabilisation – it does have electronic image stabilisation, though. But with that large 1-inch sensor, wide f/2.8 aperture and wide angle of view, it should cover the needs of many vloggers and live streamers at a significantly lower budget.

35mm equivalent focal length19mm
Aperturef/2.8
Photo resolution5472 x 3648
Video resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Frame Rates4K 30fps / 1080p 60fps
ISO Range4K 125-3200 / 1080p 125-6400
Video format8-Bit H.264 MP4
Video ModesAuto Movie, Smooth Skin Movie, Movie IS Mode, Manual Exposure Movie
Max bitrate4K 120Mbps / 1080p 60Mbps
Colour Profiles14 different picture styles
StabilisationDigital Only
Runtime55 min recording 4K / 1h 20m @ 1080p
Dimensions63.4 x 90.0 x 34.3mm
Weight211g

Price and Availability

The Canon PowerShot V10 is available to pre-order now for $429 in black or silver. No specific shipping date has been announced as of yet.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “Canon PowerShot V10 4K vlogging camera takes on a new form factor”

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    There is no “PowerShot” on its body.