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Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ

Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
29
Canon PowerShot A2100 IS front
 
Olympus SP-610UZ front
Portability
79
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34

Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ Key Specs

Canon A2100 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-216mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
  • 185g - 102 x 64 x 32mm
  • Released February 2009
Olympus SP-610UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-616mm (F3.3-5.7) lens
  • 405g - 107 x 73 x 73mm
  • Released January 2011
  • Superseded the Olympus SP-600 UZ
  • Updated by Olympus SP-620 UZ
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Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ Overview

Below, we are matching up the Canon A2100 IS and Olympus SP-610UZ, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Canon and Olympus. The resolution of the A2100 IS (12MP) and the SP-610UZ (14MP) is fairly close and they possess the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The A2100 IS was launched 22 months before the SP-610UZ making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a thorough comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the A2100 IS scores vs the SP-610UZ when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon A2100 IS over the Olympus SP-610UZ

 A2100 IS SP-610UZ 

Reasons to pick Olympus SP-610UZ over the Canon A2100 IS

 SP-610UZ A2100 IS 
ReleasedJanuary 2011February 2009More recent by 22 months

Common features in the Canon A2100 IS and Olympus SP-610UZ

 A2100 IS SP-610UZ 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ Physical Comparison

If you're intending to lug around your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor its weight and size. The Canon A2100 IS features external dimensions of 102mm x 64mm x 32mm (4.0" x 2.5" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs) while the Olympus SP-610UZ has specifications of 107mm x 73mm x 73mm (4.2" x 2.9" x 2.9") and a weight of 405 grams (0.89 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you choose at the time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the A2100 IS and the SP-610UZ.

Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the A2100 IS and SP-610UZ is 92 and 79 respectively.

Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ top view buttons comparison

Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ Sensor Comparison

Often, it's hard to visualise the contrast in sensor measurements just by looking through a spec sheet. The visual underneath will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the A2100 IS and SP-610UZ.

Clearly, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Olympus SP-610UZ to result in greater detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The older A2100 IS will be behind in sensor tech.

Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ sensor size comparison

Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon A2100 IS
Portrait photography with Olympus SP-610UZ
26
supports face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
28
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon A2100 IS Street photography info
Olympus SP-610UZ Street photography info
55
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
50
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon A2100 IS Sports photography details
Olympus SP-610UZ Sports photography details
25
image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
39
incredible zoom range (28-616mm 22.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A2100 IS
Travel photography with Olympus SP-610UZ
50
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
61
megapixel count decent (14MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
very long reach (616mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A2100 IS Landscape photography features
Olympus SP-610UZ Landscape photography features
32
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
manual exposure not possible
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
40
reasonably wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A2100 IS Vlogging information
Olympus SP-610UZ Vlogging information
27
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
wide angle not the best (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have microphone jack
26
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone socket
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Canon A2100 IS vs Olympus SP-610UZ Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A2100 IS and Olympus SP-610UZ
 Canon PowerShot A2100 ISOlympus SP-610UZ
General Information
Brand Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot A2100 IS Olympus SP-610UZ
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-02-18 2011-01-06
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - TruePic III
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 36-216mm (6.0x) 28-616mm (22.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.2-5.9 f/3.3-5.7
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 6.30 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 185 gr (0.41 pounds) 405 gr (0.89 pounds)
Dimensions 102 x 64 x 32mm (4.0" x 2.5" x 1.3") 107 x 73 x 73mm (4.2" x 2.9" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 340 shots
Style of battery - AA
Battery ID 2 x AA 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $220 $299