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Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
26
Overall
33
Canon PowerShot A810 front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV 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
Ricoh GR Digital IV
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28mm (F1.9) lens
  • 190g - 109 x 59 x 33mm
  • Revealed September 2011
  • Earlier Model is Ricoh GR Digital III
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Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

Lets look a bit more in depth at the Canon A810 and Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by competitors Canon and Ricoh. There exists a huge gap among the sensor resolutions of the A810 (16MP) and GR Digital IV (10MP) and the A810 (1/2.3") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") offer totally different sensor sizes.

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The A810 was announced 5 months later than the GR Digital IV so they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the A810 scores against the GR Digital IV in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon A810 over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 A810 GR Digital IV 

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Canon A810

 GR Digital IV A810 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1230k230kClearer screen (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Canon A810 and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 A810 GR Digital IV 
RevealedFebruary 2012September 2011Same generation
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to lug around your camera often, you're going to have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon A810 enjoys exterior dimensions of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") having a weight of 171 grams (0.38 lbs) and the Ricoh GR Digital IV has measurements of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are employing at that time. Following is a front view scale comparison of the A810 against the GR Digital IV.

Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A810 and GR Digital IV is 93 and 92 respectively.

Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very hard to see the difference in sensor measurements simply by looking through a spec sheet. The visual underneath may provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the A810 and GR Digital IV.

Clearly, the 2 cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The A810 with its smaller sensor will make getting shallower DOF more challenging and the Canon A810 will result in greater detail with its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots way more aggressively.

Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A810 Portrait photography details
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography details
34
MP count decent (16MP)
has face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
41
has manual focus
exports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon A810 as a Street photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Street photography camera
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
65
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Canon A810 Sports photography factors
Ricoh GR Digital IV Sports photography factors
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
34
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
better than average battery power (390 per charge)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A810
Travel photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
65
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)
67
better than average battery power (390 per charge)
has built in flash
fast maximum aperture (f1.9)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A810 Landscape photography highlights
Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography highlights
38
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
53
has manual focus
fast maximum aperture (f1.9)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (390 per charge)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (28mm)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A810 Vlogging factors
Ricoh GR Digital IV Vlogging factors
31
really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic port
29
fast maximum aperture (f1.9)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
missing external microphone socket
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Canon A810 vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A810 and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Canon PowerShot A810Ricoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Brand Canon Ricoh
Model type Canon PowerShot A810 Ricoh GR Digital IV
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-02-07 2011-09-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
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 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28mm (1x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/1.9
Macro focusing range 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 1,230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 1s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
External flash
AEB
WB 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) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 171g (0.38 lbs) 190g (0.42 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
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 shots 390 shots
Form of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery ID 2 x AA DB65
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at launch $99 $599