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Canon PowerShot A810 Digital Camera Review

Canon PowerShot A810 Digital Camera Review - The Canon PowerShot A810 is a budget digital compact camera which takes AA batteries with 5x optical zoom and a 16 megapixel sensor.

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Product : Canon PowerShot A810
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Specification

Canon Powershot A810 Lens Extended

The A810 was launched in February 2012 as part of Canon's range of PowerShot cameras, as well as the A1300, A2300, A2400 IS and A3400 IS. It is available in black and silver for around £70.

Canon Powershot A810 Front

Canon PowerShot A810 Features

The A810 has a 16 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. It has Digital Image Stabilisation (IS) in order to combat camera shake to ensure photos and videos are as sharp as possible.

For the novice photographer there is Smart Auto which chooses the correct scene from 32 variables and adjusts the camera settings automatically. If you get stuck at any time there is a help button which gives guidance on using your camera and its different functions.

There are a number of creative modes such as Fish-eye effect, Super Vivid, Poster, Toy Camera, Miniature and Monochrome. Live View Control allows you to experiment with picture settings like brightness and colour intensity, then preview the results while framing. Face Detection Technology detects up to 35 faces in a single frame making sure they remain in focus with optimum brightness. Face Detection White Balance ensures natural skin tones even in unusual lighting conditions with Auto Red-Eye Correction eliminating red-eye.

The A810 records videos at 720p HD.

Canon Powershot A810 Screen

Key Features

  • 16.0 megapixel sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
  • Digital Image Stabilisation
  • 2.7 inch LCD screen
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • 720p HD video recording
  • ISO 100-1600
  • 3cm minimum focusing distance
  • Creative modes
  • AA batteries
  • Available in red, pink and silver
Canon Powershot A810 Top

Canon PowerShot A810 Handling

The A810 has a plastic body, with a chunky side where the batteries are which aids grip. The buttons are large, easy to press and fairly typical for a compact camera with dedicated movie and help placed on the rear. The camera also has an easy to use menu system which is cycled through using the d-pad and func set button. When it is switched off, the playback button can be pressed to view your pictures and videos. The screen is fairly small at 2.7 inches but is bright, clear, and easy to see.

The batteries have a CIPA rating of 220 shots, we managed just nearly 500 on the ones sent with the camera, the number of shots you get will depend on the quality of batteries purchased. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.

Shutter Response   0.125 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response   0.6 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   0.7 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   2.4 secs
Shot to Shot (without flash)   2.7 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   6.5 secs
Continuous Shooting   0.7 fps
Continuous Shooting (with flash)   0.25 fps

Continuous shooting records at full 16 megapixel resolution.

Canon Powershot A810 Battery And Memory Card

Canon PowerShot A810 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review and product ratings.

Canon PowerShot A810 Sample Photos


Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with superb colour reproduction. Portraits have pleasant skin tones, but do have strong red-eye.

Canon PowerShot A810 Lens test images


Lens Performance - Images are fairly well detailed, but there's not enough if you want really impressive large prints. With the impressive colour reproduction the images are great if you like to share them on the web on your favourite social networking site. Macros are fairly good, particularly as the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm.

Canon PowerShot A810 ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - Images are free of noise at ISO 100 but there is a slight touch appearing at ISO 200. At ISO 400 there are some white dots appearing, but a decent, fairly sharp image is produced. There is a loss of detail in places at ISO 800, with a slight softening, ISO 1600 produces images which are even softer with black and white dots now appearing, but will still produce images which are good for web sharing.

Canon PowerShot A810 White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - When using the AWB preset under the incandescent lights an orange cast is present, with the incandescent preset producing a good image. The AWB preset copes really well under the fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset also doing a pretty good job.

Canon PowerShot A810 Other sample images


Canon PowerShot A810 Digital filters


Digital Filters - The A810 doesn't have digital filters as such, but these are listed amongst the scene modes, which allow you to be more creative with your pictures.

Video - Below is a video shot at 720p HD, there is no optical zoom during recording but you can use digital zoom.



Value For Money

The Canon PowerShot A810 is available for around £70. Other budget cameras include the Fujifilm FinePix JV300 at £59.95, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6 at £64.95, Olympus VG-170 at £79.95, Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 £84.00 and Pentax Optio LS465 for £89.95. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Canon PowerShot A810 Verdict

The A810 is an easy to use, pocketable budget compact camera. Images produced have excellent colour reproduction which will look great when sharing them on sites like Facebook. Detail isn't good enough for large prints, but there are a number of creative modes available to help you take unique pictures. The camera is also easy to use, with built-in help guides if you do get stuck.

Canon PowerShot A810 Pros

Built-in help guide
Available in a good range of colours
Good creative modes
Images have really good colour reproduction
Easy to use

Canon PowerShot A810 Cons

Only 720p HD video recording
No fast continuous shooting
Image detail isn't sufficient for large prints

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Canon PowerShot A810 Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperturef/2.8 - f/6.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 140mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230000
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest15sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting0.8fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPSNo Data
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMINo
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type2x AA
CIPA Rating220
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight171g
Width94.7mm
Height61.3mm
Depth29.8mm

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Comments


28 Sep 2012 8:42AM
It has really nice pictures for a really budget canon Grin

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19 Feb 2013 3:59AM
very dissapointing for a canon product. this thing is very noisy, i.e. pixels that obviously don't
belong in the picture, as well as blurry. most dissapointing considering this has marginally sharper
pictures than my 3.2 mega pixels sd200, but the sd200 has almost zero noise. worse, in total
darkness with the flash, this 16 megapixel sensor A810, is quite blurry, whereas the 3.2 mega
pixels sd200 is decently sharp. also be aware this has no optical image stabiliser, but you can
turn on the digital stabiliser, which is actually the camera taking 3 pictures in succession, and then
the camera decides which parts of those 3 pictures to use to make the final picture, with quite
bizzarre results. whatever the reasons for such low quality, perhaps it being made in china, this is obviously far below the normal quality for canon

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