• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 37.00mm - 122.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • 28.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon A800 advantages over Sigma DP1 Merrill

  • More telephoto lens reach
    122 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 97 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    31 mm vs 63 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    186g vs 391g
    Lighter weight

Sigma DP1 Merrill advantages over Canon A800

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.00 vs 1.69 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 115k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    14.8 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 37 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.8 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Exceptionally detailed and uniquely beautiful image quality at low ISOs; Fast, sharp 28mm-equivalent lens; Simple, straightforward controls match camera's simple, straightforward (street photography) goals.

  • Fixed-focal-length lens; Image quality deteriorates significantly at ISO 800 and above; Overall sluggish performer; Falls short when capturing JPEGs; Terrible VGA-only video quality; Very poor battery life; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Canon A495

Canon A800
Canon A495
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $86
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Canon A495
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $86
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Canon A490

Canon A800
Canon A490
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Canon A490
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon L22

Canon A800
Nikon L22
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • More pixels
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Nikon L22
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Leica X2

Canon A800
Leica X2
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner
  • $1748
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Leica X2
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $1748
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Leica X-E (Typ 102)

Canon A800
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sigma DP1 Merrill
Leica X-E (Typ 102)
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $1537
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash
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