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Canon A490 vs Canon A810

Portability
93
Imaging
33
Features
10
Overall
23
Canon PowerShot A490 front
 
Canon PowerShot A810 front
Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33

Canon A490 vs Canon A810 Key Specs

Canon A490
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-122mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 62 x 31mm
  • Released January 2010
Canon A810
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • 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 A490 vs Canon A810 Overview

Let's look a little more closely at the Canon A490 vs Canon A810, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and they are both created by Canon. There exists a substantial gap between the resolutions of the A490 (10MP) and A810 (16MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The A490 was brought out 3 years before the A810 which is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief view of how the A490 grades against the A810 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon A490 over the Canon A810

 A490 A810 

Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Canon A490

 A810 A490 
RevealedFebruary 2012January 2010More modern by 25 months
Display size2.7"2.5"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution230k115kSharper display (+115k dot)

Common features in the Canon A490 and Canon A810

 A490 A810 
Manual focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Canon A490 vs Canon A810 Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry around your camera frequently, you should factor in its weight and volume. The Canon A490 comes with outer measurements of 94mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) while the Canon A810 has sizing of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 171 grams (0.38 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have at that moment. Following is a front view size comparison of the A490 versus the A810.

Canon A490 vs Canon A810 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the A490 and A810 is 93 and 93 respectively.

Canon A490 vs Canon A810 top view buttons comparison

Canon A490 vs Canon A810 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be hard to picture the gap between sensor sizes purely by checking specs. The pic here will provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the A490 and A810.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You can expect to see the Canon A810 to give extra detail having its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop pics way more aggressively. The more aged A490 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon A490 vs Canon A810 sensor size comparison

Canon A490 vs Canon A810 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A490 vs Canon A810 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon A490
Portrait photography with Canon A810
19
no manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
34
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon A490 as a Street photography camera
Canon A810 as a Street photography camera
46
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon A490
Sports photography with Canon A810
16
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon A490 Travel photography info
Canon A810 Travel photography info
50
flash built-in
no Timelapse recording
megapixel count low (10MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (37mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
65
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A490 Landscape photography details
Canon A810 Landscape photography details
22
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (37mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is small (2.5 inch)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Timelapse recording
38
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A490 Vlogging information
Canon A810 Vlogging information
21
wide angle not great (37mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
no microphone socket
31
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic support
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Canon A490 vs Canon A810 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A490 and Canon A810
 Canon PowerShot A490Canon PowerShot A810
General Information
Brand Name Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A490 Canon PowerShot A810
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 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 dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 5 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 37-122mm (3.3x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-5.8 f/2.8-6.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 115k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 15s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB 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
Mic support
Headphone support
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 175 gr (0.39 pounds) 171 gr (0.38 pounds)
Physical dimensions 94 x 62 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" 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 - 220 pictures
Battery style - AA
Battery model 2 x AA 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom, Face) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $99 $99