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Canon A810 vs Canon G12

Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33
Canon PowerShot A810 front
 
Canon PowerShot G12 front
Portability
83
Imaging
35
Features
50
Overall
41

Canon A810 vs Canon G12 Key Specs

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
  • Introduced February 2012
Canon G12
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 401g - 112 x 76 x 48mm
  • Announced January 2011
  • Old Model is Canon G11
  • New Model is Canon G15
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Canon A810 vs Canon G12 Overview

Let's take a deeper look at the Canon A810 and Canon G12, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are designed by Canon. There is a sizeable difference between the resolutions of the A810 (16MP) and G12 (10MP) and the A810 (1/2.3") and G12 (1/1.7") have different sensor dimensions.

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The A810 was unveiled 13 months after the G12 making them a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a thorough comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the A810 grades against the G12 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Canon G12

 A810 G12 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012January 2011More modern by 13 months

Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Canon A810

 G12 A810 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size2.8"2.7"Larger display (+0.1")
Display resolution461k230kCrisper display (+231k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Canon A810 and Canon G12

 A810 G12 
Touch display Neither contains Touch display

Canon A810 vs Canon G12 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry around your camera frequently, you are going to need to think about its weight and measurements. The Canon A810 has got exterior dimensions of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") having a weight of 171 grams (0.38 lbs) while the Canon G12 has proportions of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the A810 versus the G12.

Canon A810 vs Canon G12 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the A810 and G12 is 93 and 83 respectively.

Canon A810 vs Canon G12 top view buttons comparison

Canon A810 vs Canon G12 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizes merely by reading specifications. The image here may give you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the A810 and G12.

Plainly, both the cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The A810 using its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF harder and the Canon A810 will offer extra detail having an extra 6MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The more modern A810 provides an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon A810 vs Canon G12 sensor size comparison

Canon A810 vs Canon G12 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A810 vs Canon G12 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A810 Portrait photography features
Canon G12 Portrait photography features
34
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has face detection focus
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
47
manual focus
high flash sync (1/2,000 seconds)
comes with face detection focusing
exports RAW files
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon A810 Street photography factors
Canon G12 Street photography factors
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
64
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
heavier than others (401 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A810 Sports photography information
Canon G12 Sports photography information
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
34
has image stabilization (Optical)
better than average battery power (370 CIPA)
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon A810 Travel photography info
Canon G12 Travel photography info
65
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
no Timelapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
60
better than average battery power (370 shots)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
relatively wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than others (401g)
low MP (10MP)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon A810
Landscape photography with Canon G12
38
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Timelapse recording
49
manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
screen size is good (2.8 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
better than average battery power (370 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/1.7")
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A810 Vlogging features
Canon G12 Vlogging features
31
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone port
60
relatively wide (28mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic port
heavier than others (401 grams)
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Canon A810 vs Canon G12 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A810 and Canon G12
 Canon PowerShot A810Canon PowerShot G12
General Information
Company Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A810 Canon PowerShot G12
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-02-07 2011-01-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Digic 4
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/2.8-4.5
Macro focus distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 2.7 inches 2.8 inches
Display resolution 230k dot 461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (tunnel)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.00 m 7.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format H.264 H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 171 grams (0.38 pounds) 401 grams (0.88 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 47
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.2
DXO Low light score not tested 161
Other
Battery life 220 photographs 370 photographs
Type of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA NB-7L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $99 $600