Canon A810 vs Canon G16

Canon PowerShot A810 front
Canon PowerShot G16 front

Canon A810 vs Canon G16 Key Specs

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
  • Released February 2012
Canon G16
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 356g - 109 x 76 x 40mm
  • Launched November 2013
  • Succeeded the Canon G15
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Canon A810 vs Canon G16 Overview

Following is a complete analysis of the Canon A810 and Canon G16, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are created by Canon. There is a huge difference between the image resolutions of the A810 (16MP) and G16 (12MP) and the A810 (1/2.3") and G16 (1/1.7") come with different sensor dimensions.

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The A810 was revealed 21 months earlier than the G16 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving in to a thorough comparison, below is a quick view of how the A810 scores vs the G16 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Canon G16

 A810 G16 

Reasons to pick Canon G16 over the Canon A810

 G16 A810 
LaunchedNovember 2013February 2012More modern by 21 months
Manually focus Very exact focus
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kSharper screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Canon A810 and Canon G16

 A810 G16 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Canon A810 vs Canon G16 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera often, you'll need to think about its weight and volume. The Canon A810 has outside dimensions of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") having a weight of 171 grams (0.38 lbs) whilst the Canon G16 has sizing of 109mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") and a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are employing at that moment. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the A810 and the G16.

Canon A810 vs Canon G16 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the A810 and G16 is 93 and 85 respectively.

Canon A810 vs Canon G16 top view buttons comparison

Canon A810 vs Canon G16 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its hard to visualize the difference between sensor sizes simply by going over a spec sheet. The image underneath should offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the A810 and G16.

As you can see, both of these cameras offer different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The A810 using its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field more difficult and the Canon A810 will offer greater detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots a little more aggressively. The more aged A810 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Canon A810 vs Canon G16 sensor size comparison

Canon A810 vs Canon G16 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A810 vs Canon G16 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon A810
Portrait photography with Canon G16
good MP (16 megapixels)
provides face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
you can focus manually
great flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
includes face detect focus
supports RAW files
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon A810 Street photography highlights
Canon G16 Street photography highlights
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than others (356g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A810 Sports photography info
Canon G16 Sports photography info
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
good battery pack (360 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A810
Travel photography with Canon G16
good MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
good battery pack (360 CIPA)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
heavier than others (356g)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A810 Landscape photography factors
Canon G16 Landscape photography factors
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual exposure
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
you can focus manually
rather wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (360 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A810 Vlogging details
Canon G16 Vlogging details
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone port
rather wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
missing mic support
heavier than others (356 grams)
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Canon A810 vs Canon G16 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A810 and Canon G16
 Canon PowerShot A810Canon PowerShot G16
General Information
Make Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A810 Canon PowerShot G16
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2012-02-07 2013-11-25
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Digic 6
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/1.8-2.8
Macro focus range 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen technology - TFT PureColor II G LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (tunnel)
Viewfinder coverage - 80 percent
Min shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per sec 12.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.00 m 7.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/2000 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 171 grams (0.38 lb) 356 grams (0.78 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 109 x 76 x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 54
DXO Color Depth score not tested 21.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.7
DXO Low light score not tested 230
Battery life 220 photos 360 photos
Battery style AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA NB-10L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Card slots One One
Launch price $99 $499