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Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
14
Overall
26
Canon PowerShot A3100 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot A810 front
Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33

Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810 Key Specs

Canon A3100 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F2.7-5.6) lens
  • 165g - 97 x 58 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2010
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
  • Announced February 2012
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Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810 Overview

Here is a complete overview of the Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are manufactured by Canon. There is a big difference between the resolutions of the A3100 IS (12MP) and A810 (16MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The A3100 IS was unveiled 3 years before the A810 and that is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the A3100 IS scores vs the A810 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon A3100 IS over the Canon A810

 A3100 IS A810 

Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Canon A3100 IS

 A810 A3100 IS 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012January 2010Fresher by 25 months

Common features in the Canon A3100 IS and Canon A810

 A3100 IS A810 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension2.7"2.7"Identical screen measurements
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera frequently, you have to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon A3100 IS features external dimensions of 97mm x 58mm x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs) and the Canon A810 has proportions 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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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the A3100 IS against the A810.

Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the A3100 IS and A810 is 94 and 93 respectively.

Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810 top view buttons comparison

Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810 Sensor Comparison

Often, its hard to imagine the difference between sensor sizing merely by looking at specs. The visual underneath might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the A3100 IS and A810.

All in all, each of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You should count on the Canon A810 to give extra detail having an extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The older A3100 IS is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810 sensor size comparison

Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A3100 IS Portrait photography features
Canon A810 Portrait photography features
21
no manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
34
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon A3100 IS Street photography info
Canon A810 Street photography info
56
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon A3100 IS Sports photography details
Canon A810 Sports photography details
25
image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
40
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
max frames per second very slow (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A3100 IS Travel photography features
Canon A810 Travel photography features
51
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
MP count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
65
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse function
does not offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A3100 IS Landscape photography information
Canon A810 Landscape photography information
27
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual mode not available
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode
38
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A3100 IS Vlogging info
Canon A810 Vlogging info
25
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone socket
31
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone socket
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Canon A3100 IS vs Canon A810 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A3100 IS and Canon A810
 Canon PowerShot A3100 ISCanon PowerShot A810
General Information
Brand Name Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A3100 IS Canon PowerShot A810
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2010-01-05 2012-02-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35-140mm (4.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/2.7-5.6 f/2.8-6.9
Macro focus distance 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15s 15s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
Microphone 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 165 gr (0.36 lb) 171 gr (0.38 lb)
Dimensions 97 x 58 x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1") 95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 - 220 shots
Type of battery - AA
Battery model NB-8L 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $159 $99