Canon A810

Canon PowerShot A810 front
  • 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
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Canon A810 overview

Canon A810 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera first launched on February of 2012. The camera has got a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The A810 is placed #121 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #993 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to use our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your customized factors.

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Below is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon A810 family

The Canon A810 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Canon-PowerShot-A3500-IS front thumbnailCanon A3500 IS
A810 vs A3500 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A2300 front thumbnailCanon A2300
A810 vs A2300
Canon-PowerShot-A810 front thumbnailCanon A81028-140mm
Canon-PowerShot-A3400-IS front thumbnailCanon A3400 IS
A810 vs A3400 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A4000-IS front thumbnailCanon A4000 IS
A810 vs A4000 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A1300 front thumbnailCanon A1300
A810 vs A1300
Canon-PowerShot-A2400-IS front thumbnailCanon A2400 IS
A810 vs A2400 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A1200 front thumbnailCanon A1200
A810 vs A1200
Canon-PowerShot-A3300-IS front thumbnailCanon A3300 IS
A810 vs A3300 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A3200-IS front thumbnailCanon A3200 IS
A810 vs A3200 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A2200 front thumbnailCanon A2200
A810 vs A2200
Canon-PowerShot-A800 front thumbnailCanon A800
A810 vs A800
Canon-PowerShot-A3100-IS front thumbnailCanon A3100 IS
A810 vs A3100 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A3000-IS front thumbnailCanon A3000 IS
A810 vs A3000 IS
Canon-PowerShot-A490 front thumbnailCanon A490
A810 vs A490
Canon-PowerShot-A495 front thumbnailCanon A495
A810 vs A495
Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS front thumbnailCanon A1100 IS
A810 vs A1100 IS
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Canon-PowerShot-A2100-IS front thumbnailCanon A2100 IS
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Canon A810 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Canon A810 based on aspects which are generally viewed as necessary in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
good resolution (16MP)
offers face detect focusing
offers tracking focus
relatively wide (28mm)
can't use external flash
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have mic socket
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no aperture priority
no manual control
no manual focus
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
slow at full zoom (f6.9)
slow fps (1.0 fps)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inches)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
Photography Glossary

Canon A810 Sensor specifications

The sensor measurement in the Canon A810 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 16MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the A810's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The A810 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A810 dimensions

Canon A810 weighs about 0.38 lbs (171 grams or 6.03 oz) & has outer dimensions of 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Canon A810 is on par as compared to various competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Canon A810 next to a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot A810 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button arrangement on the A810.

Canon PowerShot A810 topview buttons dials

Canon A810 Lens specifications

The A810 comes with a built in lens and it has a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be exceptional nevertheless it may be invaluable in some scenarios.

At the widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.8 which will be fairly slow and not the best for low light occasions and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also have to raise the ISO setting giving you noisy photographs. On the tele end, 140mm comes with f6.9 which is very slow and you might need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Canon A810 Connectivity

The A810 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send pictures and usually alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Canon A810 Video specifications

The maximum video quality in the Canon A810 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in H.264 format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You should really target at least 1080p quality for decent video. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and headphone socket so you get little control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to consider another model if you need decent audio for your video clips.

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Canon A810 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Canon A810 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Canon A810 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon A810 has got a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs for Canon A810 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy for sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon A810 Shutter specifications

Canon A810 has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon A810 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon A810 comes with only in-built flash lacking external flash ability.

Canon A810 Autofocus specifications

Canon A810 comes with just Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detect making it useful for portraits.

It has got 9 focus points to select from. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Canon A810 lacks manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful for low light or you need to have more accurate depth of field control.

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Canon A810 Battery life

The battery (2 x AA) for the Canon A810 is built to last for 220 photos with respect to the CIPA requirements which is comparable with it's competition. The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest possible (470) battery life for this category of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Canon A810 for different styles of photography

The following bar chart gives a summation of the Canon A810 for different styles of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon A810

The Canon A810 has a rating of 34 which is bad, and means the camera is just not very good for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos together with the flexibility to utilize off-camera lighting.

Photography Glossary
resolution is good (16MP)
features face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Canon A810 as a Street photography camera

Getting a moderate points tally of 57, the Canon A810 is reasonably adequate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Canon A810 Sports photography highlights

A bad sports photography points total of 40 indicates the Canon A810 is just not very good for shooting sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Canon A810 Travel photography features

Weight is extremely crucial in picking a camera for travel. All round, the Canon A810 gets a very good 65 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine option to take on your holidays.

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good MP (16MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Canon A810

For anybody looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Canon A810 with it's bad score of 38 as a landscape camera is just not very good within the current marketplace.

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rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Canon A810 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera really should offer a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Canon A810 is just not very good for vlogging as it gets a bad rating of 31.

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rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic socket

Canon A810 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the A810, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart down below provides you a summary of the A810 compared to it's top ranked rivals suggested previously.

These are some more cameras you might take into account as alternatives. To review a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot A810
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.7 inches
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
3.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
171 gr (0.38 pounds)
Physical dimensions
95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2")
Battery life
220 images
Battery type
Battery model
2 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Retail cost