Test: Canon PowerShot A810
A compact camera for under 75 euros - a little can go so well? The test revealed: The Canon PowerShot A810 shows class-typical defects of the image quality and the speed of the autofocus. For this, the A810 is due to the ease of use suitable for beginners.
The good news first: The PowerShot A810 is small (95 x 61 x 30 mm), lightweight (175 grams) and thus fit pants pocket. And canon nb 5l battery does not cost much at online retailers can order them already for under 75 euros. Good arguments for a purchase? With security. Especially since the controls are nice and big and easy to take in what just older people makes using the camera. There is also a question mark button that says beginners basic functions at your fingertips.
Long battery life
Furthermore, the A810 uses standard AA batteries or rechargeable Canon nb 4l battery. In practice, this leads to an amazingly long period from 340 to 1150 photos. A pleasant side effect of this power solution: The space required for the AA cells, something like a handle on the right side, so the camera is very handy.
5X zoom and many effects
The canon nb 6l battery A810 offers a 5x zoom that covers a focal length range from 28 to 140 mm (according to small picture). The light strength lies in good f2, 8 in wide and weak f6, 9 telephoto setting. An image stabilizer is missing. The camera screen of the A810 measures 2.7 inches and also only 230,000 dots - a secure control of the sharpness is so difficult.
Video records the PowerShot 720p with mono sound. Is a manual shooting mode, it neither video nor photos, but this is as expected at this price range. Only the white balance, you can influence. Various effects programs invite for distorting the images, as with fish-eye, miniature or toy camera effect.
Image noise and weak details
The resolution is increased in comparison with the predecessor Canon lp e8 battery A800 clearly. Offered these ten megapixels, the A810 has to offer now 16 megapixels. But 60 percent more sensor resolution on balance lead to a slightly lower quality. Even at ISO 100 in the 100-percent view on the PC monitor noise can be seen in the pressure drops but only from ISO 800 to truly negative. The maximum resolution increases only slightly to a maximum of 1393 line pairs per picture height. The attention to detail can already at ISO 400 by clearly visible. Fringing the edges of objects are visible in wide angle as Tele with two pixel intensity.
The autofocus is too slow for snapshots. In the laboratory we determine a shutter lag of 0.69 seconds at wide angle and telephoto setting of 0.81 seconds. The time at power and the image processing talks to around two seconds acceptable.
Canon PowerShot cheapest compact camera offers a reasonable price to the equipment, which includes what is necessary for occasional photos. By easy, intuitive operation and large buttons, the A810 is also suitable for the elderly. The canon eos 550d battery picture quality reflects the competitive price again. In daylight it's fine, low light noise disturbs and lacks details. The autofocus is too slow for snapshots.
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