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.
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 length||19mm|
|Photo resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Video resolution||4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Full HD (1920 x 1080)
|Frame Rates||4K 30fps / 1080p 60fps|
|ISO Range||4K 125-3200 / 1080p 125-6400|
|Video format||8-Bit H.264 MP4|
|Video Modes||Auto Movie, Smooth Skin Movie, Movie IS Mode, Manual Exposure Movie|
|Max bitrate||4K 120Mbps / 1080p 60Mbps|
|Colour Profiles||14 different picture styles|
|Runtime||55 min recording 4K / 1h 20m @ 1080p|
|Dimensions||63.4 x 90.0 x 34.3mm|
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.