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Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300

Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33
Canon PowerShot A810 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S9300 front
Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41

Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300 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
  • Revealed February 2012
Nikon S9300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 215g - 109 x 62 x 31mm
  • Introduced July 2012
  • Previous Model is Nikon S9100
  • Renewed by Nikon S9500
Photography Glossary

Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300 Overview

Let's examine more closely at the Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Canon and Nikon. The sensor resolution of the A810 (16MP) and the S9300 (16MP) is fairly well matched and they possess the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The A810 was unveiled 5 months earlier than the S9300 and they are of a similar age. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a complete comparison, below is a brief view of how the A810 scores against the S9300 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Nikon S9300

 A810 S9300 

Reasons to pick Nikon S9300 over the Canon A810

 S9300 A810 
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Canon A810 and Nikon S9300

 A810 S9300 
IntroducedFebruary 2012July 2012Similar age
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to travel with your camera, you are going to need to consider its weight and volume. The Canon A810 provides external measurements of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 171 grams (0.38 lbs) while the Nikon S9300 has sizing of 109mm x 62mm x 31mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 215 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you select during that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the A810 vs the S9300.

Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A810 and S9300 is 93 and 91 respectively.

Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300 top view buttons comparison

Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's difficult to picture the gap between sensor dimensions just by checking technical specs. The picture below might give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the A810 and S9300.

As you can tell, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the identical megapixels and you can expect similar quality of pictures although you may want to factor the age of the products into consideration.

Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300 sensor size comparison

Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A810 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S9300 as a Portrait photography camera
34
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
35
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon A810 Street photography features
Nikon S9300 Street photography features
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (215g)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon A810
Sports photography with Nikon S9300
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
47
great zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (200 per charge)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A810 Travel photography features
Nikon S9300 Travel photography features
65
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
66
lighter than competition (215 grams)
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
great zoom (450mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
terrible battery life (200 CIPA)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A810 Landscape photography details
Nikon S9300 Landscape photography details
38
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
41
rather wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
terrible battery life (200 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A810 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon S9300 as a Vlogging camera
31
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external mic support
34
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (215g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone support
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Canon A810 vs Nikon S9300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A810 and Nikon S9300
 Canon PowerShot A810Nikon Coolpix S9300
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot A810 Nikon Coolpix S9300
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-02-07 2012-07-16
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-450mm (18.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus range 3cm 4cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per second 6.9 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
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 BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 171 grams (0.38 pounds) 215 grams (0.47 pounds)
Dimensions 95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 109 x 62 x 31mm (4.3" 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 pictures 200 pictures
Form of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $99 $249