Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Canon PowerShot A810 front
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front

Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS 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
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Introduced December 2012
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Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Canon A810 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by companies Canon and Olympus. There is a huge difference between the resolutions of the A810 (16MP) and XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the A810 (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") possess totally different sensor sizes.

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The A810 was launched 10 months before the XZ-2 iHS so they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a in-depth comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the A810 grades versus the XZ-2 iHS in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 A810 XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Canon A810

 XZ-2 iHS A810 
IntroducedDecember 2012February 2012More modern by 10 months
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kSharper screen (+690k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon A810 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 A810 XZ-2 iHS 
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry around your camera regularly, you're going to have to take into account its weight and volume. The Canon A810 comes with outside dimensions of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 171 grams (0.38 lbs) whilst the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has sizing of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") along with a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you select at that time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the A810 against the XZ-2 iHS.

Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the A810 and XZ-2 iHS is 93 and 85 respectively.

Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very difficult to visualise the difference between sensor sizes simply by reading a spec sheet. The pic underneath might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the A810 and XZ-2 iHS.

As you can see, both of those cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The A810 due to its tinier sensor will make getting shallow depth of field trickier and the Canon A810 will deliver greater detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The more aged A810 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A810 Portrait photography advice
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography advice
good resolution (16MP)
has face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
you can focus manually
supports face detection focus
delivers RAW files
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon A810 Street photography factors
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography factors
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition (346g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A810 Sports photography info
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sports photography info
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking autofocus
great battery life (340 shots)
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A810 Travel photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography highlights
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
no Timelapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
great battery life (340 shots)
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (346 grams)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A810 Landscape photography details
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography details
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Timelapse recording
you can focus manually
quite wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (340 CIPA)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A810 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Vlogging camera
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone support
quite wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external microphone socket
display isn't selfie friendly
more heavy than competition (346g)
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Canon A810 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A810 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Canon PowerShot A810Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Brand Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot A810 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-02-07 2012-12-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Max native ISO 1600 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 35
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus range 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 4.8
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.00 m 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 171 gr (0.38 lb) 346 gr (0.76 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 49
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.3
DXO Low light score not tested 216
Battery life 220 shots 340 shots
Battery type AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA Li-90B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $99 $450