Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
24
Overall
38
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 front
 
Kodak EasyShare M381 front
Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
13
Overall
26

Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381 Key Specs

Canon ELPH 180
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Announced January 2016
Kodak M381
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.0-4.8) lens
  • 153g - 101 x 60 x 20mm
  • Launched July 2009
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381 Overview

In this article, we will be contrasting the Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381, both Ultracompact cameras by manufacturers Canon and Kodak. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the ELPH 180 (20MP) and M381 (12MP) but they feature the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The ELPH 180 was unveiled 6 years later than the M381 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before getting in to a thorough comparison, below is a simple overview of how the ELPH 180 grades against the M381 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon ELPH 180 over the Kodak M381

 ELPH 180 M381 
LaunchedJanuary 2016July 2009Fresher by 79 months

Reasons to pick Kodak M381 over the Canon ELPH 180

 M381 ELPH 180 
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Canon ELPH 180 and Kodak M381

 ELPH 180 M381 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry your camera, you're going to have to think about its weight and measurements. The Canon ELPH 180 has got external measurements of 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") along with a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) and the Kodak M381 has proportions of 101mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8") with a weight of 153 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are using during that time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the ELPH 180 vs the M381.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ELPH 180 and M381 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381 top view buttons comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to envision the gap in sensor sizing just by researching specs. The photograph underneath might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the ELPH 180 and M381.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Canon ELPH 180 to provide you with more detail having an extra 8MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The newer ELPH 180 is going to have an advantage in sensor technology.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381 sensor size comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 as a Portrait photography camera
Kodak M381 as a Portrait photography camera
40
MP count decent (20MP)
provides face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
21
no manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Street photography advice
Kodak M381 Street photography advice
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
48
fixed screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
more heavy than competition (153 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 as a Sports photography camera
Kodak M381 as a Sports photography camera
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
very slow continuous shooting (0.8 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
18
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Travel photography factors
Kodak M381 Travel photography factors
68
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
50
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (153g)
low megapixels (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon ELPH 180
Landscape photography with Kodak M381
42
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
manual mode not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
28
screen size is good (3")
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Vlogging advice
Kodak M381 Vlogging advice
32
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone jack
22
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of microphone jack
more heavy than competition (153 grams)
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Kodak M381 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon ELPH 180 and Kodak M381
 Canon PowerShot ELPH 180Kodak EasyShare M381
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Kodak
Model type Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Kodak EasyShare M381
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2016-01-05 2009-07-29
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 4+ -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5152 x 3864 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 100 64
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-224mm (8.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.2-6.9 f/3.0-4.8
Macro focusing range 1cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1400 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 0.8 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.20 m
Flash options Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 126 grams (0.28 lb) 153 grams (0.34 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 101 x 60 x 20mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-11LH KLIC-7003
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $119 $170