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Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS

Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33
Canon PowerShot A810 front
 
Canon PowerShot SD970 IS front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS 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 SD970 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 37-185mm (F3.2-5.7) lens
  • 160g - 96 x 57 x 26mm
  • Introduced February 2009
  • Also Known as Digital IXUS 990 IS
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Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS Overview

Lets look more in depth at the Canon A810 versus Canon SD970 IS, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both created by Canon. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the A810 (16MP) and SD970 IS (12MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The A810 was announced 3 years later than the SD970 IS and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a in-depth comparison, here is a simple view of how the A810 grades against the SD970 IS for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Canon SD970 IS

 A810 SD970 IS 
IntroducedFebruary 2012February 2009More recent by 37 months

Reasons to pick Canon SD970 IS over the Canon A810

 SD970 IS A810 
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution461k230kClearer display (+231k dot)

Common features in the Canon A810 and Canon SD970 IS

 A810 SD970 IS 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to lug around your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and size. The Canon A810 has outside dimensions of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 171 grams (0.38 lbs) while the Canon SD970 IS has specifications of 96mm x 57mm x 26mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 160 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have at the time. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the A810 and the SD970 IS.

Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the A810 and SD970 IS is 93 and 94 respectively.

Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS top view buttons comparison

Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS Sensor Comparison

Typically, its difficult to picture the difference in sensor measurements merely by going through a spec sheet. The photograph here may offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the A810 and SD970 IS.

As you can see, both of these cameras come with the identical sensor size but different MP. You should anticipate the Canon A810 to show more detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The younger A810 should have an advantage in sensor technology.

Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS sensor size comparison

Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A810 as a Portrait photography camera
Canon SD970 IS as a Portrait photography camera
34
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
26
supports face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon A810 Street photography details
Canon SD970 IS Street photography details
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon A810 Sports photography details
Canon SD970 IS Sports photography details
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A810
Travel photography with Canon SD970 IS
65
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
51
flash built-in
no Timelapse recording
low resolution (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (37mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A810 Landscape photography advice
Canon SD970 IS Landscape photography advice
38
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
lack of manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
32
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (37mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
no manual exposure
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A810 Vlogging details
Canon SD970 IS Vlogging details
31
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external mic jack
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
wide angle not great (37mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone support
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Canon A810 vs Canon SD970 IS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A810 and Canon SD970 IS
 Canon PowerShot A810Canon PowerShot SD970 IS
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A810 Canon PowerShot SD970 IS
Alternate name - Digital IXUS 990 IS
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-02-07 2009-02-18
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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 37-185mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/3.2-5.7
Macro focus distance 3cm 2cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 461 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 15 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.00 m 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
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 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone 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 171g (0.38 lbs) 160g (0.35 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 96 x 57 x 26mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0")
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 images -
Style of battery AA -
Battery model 2 x AA NB-5L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD /MMCplus
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $99 -