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Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500

Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27
Canon PowerShot A1100 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot A2500 front
Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
29
Overall
35

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500 Key Specs

Canon A1100 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F2.7-5.6) lens
  • 150g - 95 x 62 x 31mm
  • Announced February 2009
Canon A2500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 135g - 98 x 56 x 20mm
  • Released January 2013
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Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500 Overview

Lets examine more in depth at the Canon A1100 IS and Canon A2500, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both offered by Canon. There exists a substantial gap among the resolutions of the A1100 IS (12MP) and A2500 (16MP) but they use the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The A1100 IS was revealed 5 years before the A2500 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a full comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the A1100 IS grades versus the A2500 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon A1100 IS over the Canon A2500

 A1100 IS A2500 

Reasons to pick Canon A2500 over the Canon A1100 IS

 A2500 A1100 IS 
ReleasedJanuary 2013February 2009Newer by 48 months
Screen dimension3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution230k115kCrisper screen (+115k dot)

Common features in the Canon A1100 IS and Canon A2500

 A1100 IS A2500 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither comes with Touch friendly screen

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera often, you'll have to factor in its weight and size. The Canon A1100 IS comes with external measurements of 95mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) while the Canon A2500 has specifications of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs).

Take a look at the Canon A1100 IS and Canon A2500 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have at the time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the A1100 IS vs the A2500.

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A1100 IS and A2500 is 93 and 96 respectively.

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500 top view buttons comparison

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its hard to visualise the difference in sensor dimensions only by viewing specs. The picture underneath might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the A1100 IS and A2500.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You can expect the Canon A2500 to result in extra detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The more aged A1100 IS will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500 sensor size comparison

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A1100 IS as a Portrait photography camera
Canon A2500 as a Portrait photography camera
26
provides face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
35
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
features face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon A1100 IS as a Street photography camera
Canon A2500 as a Street photography camera
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
56
lighter than others in class (135g)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon A1100 IS
Sports photography with Canon A2500
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
34
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A1100 IS
Travel photography with Canon A2500
50
built-in flash
missing Timelapse mode
low megapixels (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
69
lighter than others in class (135 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A1100 IS Landscape photography advice
Canon A2500 Landscape photography advice
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
no manual mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
39
really wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
Photography Glossary

Vlogging Comparison

Canon A1100 IS as a Vlogging camera
Canon A2500 as a Vlogging camera
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
wide angle not great (35mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external microphone socket
30
really wide (28mm)
features face detection focusing
lighter than others in class (135g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic support
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Canon A1100 IS vs Canon A2500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A1100 IS and Canon A2500
 Canon PowerShot A1100 ISCanon PowerShot A2500
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A1100 IS Canon PowerShot A2500
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-02-18 2013-01-29
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35-140mm (4.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/2.7-5.6 f/2.8-6.9
Macro focus distance 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 115 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15s 15s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m 3.00 m
Flash settings Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 150 gr (0.33 lb) 135 gr (0.30 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 62 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 220 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA NB-11L
Self timer Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $160 $109