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Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3

Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33
Canon PowerShot A810 front
 
Olympus Tough TG-3 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
46
Overall
42

Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3 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
  • Released February 2012
Olympus TG-3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 247g - 112 x 66 x 31mm
  • Released March 2014
  • Replacement is Olympus TG-4
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Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3 Overview

Following is a extended review of the Canon A810 versus Olympus TG-3, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Waterproof by manufacturers Canon and Olympus. The sensor resolution of the A810 (16MP) and the TG-3 (16MP) is very similar and both cameras boast the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The A810 was unveiled 3 years earlier than the TG-3 which is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a simple overview of how the A810 scores against the TG-3 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Olympus TG-3

 A810 TG-3 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-3 over the Canon A810

 TG-3 A810 
ReleasedMarch 2014February 2012More modern by 26 months
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Canon A810 and Olympus TG-3

 A810 TG-3 
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry around your camera often, you're going to have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon A810 features external dimensions of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") and a weight of 171 grams (0.38 lbs) while the Olympus TG-3 has measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are working with at that moment. Below is a front view scale comparison of the A810 versus the TG-3.

Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the A810 and TG-3 is 93 and 90 respectively.

Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3 top view buttons comparison

Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is difficult to visualise the gap between sensor sizes purely by reviewing technical specs. The pic below might provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the A810 and TG-3.

As you have seen, the two cameras feature the identical sensor size and the same exact megapixels so you can expect similar quality of photos although you may want to consider the age of the products into consideration. The more aged A810 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3 sensor size comparison

Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A810 Portrait photography highlights
Olympus TG-3 Portrait photography highlights
34
megapixel count good (16MP)
comes with face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
37
megapixel count good (16MP)
provides face detect focus
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon A810 Street photography info
Olympus TG-3 Street photography info
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
59
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
heavier than competitors in class (247g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A810 Sports photography info
Olympus TG-3 Sports photography info
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
low fps (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
47
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
weather proof
great battery power (330 CIPA)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A810
Travel photography with Olympus TG-3
65
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
74
great battery power (330 shots)
weather proof
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
heavier than competitors in class (247 grams)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A810 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus TG-3 as a Landscape photography camera
38
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
missing Time Lapse function
56
quite wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
weather proof
great battery power (330 CIPA)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon A810
Vlogging with Olympus TG-3
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relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic support
34
quite wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
no mic support
heavier than competitors in class (247g)
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Canon A810 vs Olympus TG-3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A810 and Olympus TG-3
 Canon PowerShot A810Olympus Tough TG-3
General Information
Brand Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot A810 Olympus Tough TG-3
Type Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Released 2012-02-07 2014-03-31
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - TruePic VII
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing distance 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology - TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 171 grams (0.38 lbs) 247 grams (0.54 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 pictures 330 pictures
Battery style AA Battery Pack
Battery ID 2 x AA LI-92B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Card slots One One
Price at launch $99 $350