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Canon A1200 vs Canon A810

Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
19
Overall
28
Canon PowerShot A1200 front
 
Canon PowerShot A810 front
Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33

Canon A1200 vs Canon A810 Key Specs

Canon A1200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 185g - 98 x 63 x 31mm
  • Introduced January 2011
Canon A810
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 171g - 95 x 62 x 30mm
  • Revealed February 2012
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Canon A1200 vs Canon A810 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Canon A1200 versus Canon A810, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both produced by Canon. There is a substantial difference between the sensor resolutions of the A1200 (12MP) and A810 (16MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The A1200 was revealed 13 months prior to the A810 which makes them a generation away from each other. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a more detailed comparison, here is a brief summary of how the A1200 scores vs the A810 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon A1200 over the Canon A810

 A1200 A810 

Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Canon A1200

 A810 A1200 
RevealedFebruary 2012January 2011Newer by 13 months

Common features in the Canon A1200 and Canon A810

 A1200 A810 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions2.7"2.7"Equal screen dimensions
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Canon A1200 vs Canon A810 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera, you need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Canon A1200 enjoys exterior dimensions of 98mm x 63mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 1.2") and a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs) whilst the Canon A810 has dimensions of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") along with a weight of 171 grams (0.38 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you choose during that time. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the A1200 versus the A810.

Canon A1200 vs Canon A810 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the A1200 and A810 is 92 and 93 respectively.

Canon A1200 vs Canon A810 top view buttons comparison

Canon A1200 vs Canon A810 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by reviewing a spec sheet. The pic underneath should provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the A1200 and A810.

Clearly, each of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You can expect the Canon A810 to offer greater detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more aged A1200 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon A1200 vs Canon A810 sensor size comparison

Canon A1200 vs Canon A810 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A1200 vs Canon A810 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A1200 Portrait photography factors
Canon A810 Portrait photography factors
26
has face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
34
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has face detect focusing
no manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon A1200 Street photography features
Canon A810 Street photography features
46
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon A1200 as a Sports photography camera
Canon A810 as a Sports photography camera
23
has tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (200 per charge)
does not have phase detect auto focus
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has tracking focus
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon A1200 Travel photography info
Canon A810 Travel photography info
55
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
no Timelapse mode
bad battery pack (200 per charge)
megapixel count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
65
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A1200 Landscape photography features
Canon A810 Landscape photography features
27
fairly wide (28mm)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
bad battery pack (200 CIPA)
no Timelapse mode
38
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
no manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon A1200
Vlogging with Canon A810
27
fairly wide (28mm)
has face detection focus
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone port
31
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of mic socket
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Canon A1200 vs Canon A810 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A1200 and Canon A810
 Canon PowerShot A1200Canon PowerShot A810
General Information
Make Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A1200 Canon PowerShot A810
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2011-01-05 2012-02-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/2.8-6.9
Macro focus range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m 3.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 185 gr (0.41 lbs) 171 gr (0.38 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 63 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 1.2") 95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 images 220 images
Battery type AA AA
Battery model 2 x AA 2 x AA
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HCMMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Price at launch $109 $99