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Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500

Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
19
Overall
28
Canon PowerShot A1200 front
 
Canon PowerShot A2500 front
Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
29
Overall
35

Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500 Key Specs

Canon A1200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 185g - 98 x 63 x 31mm
  • Revealed January 2011
Canon A2500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 135g - 98 x 56 x 20mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500 Overview

On this page, we are reviewing the Canon A1200 and Canon A2500, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are manufactured by Canon. There is a crucial difference among the resolutions of the A1200 (12MP) and A2500 (16MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The A1200 was released 3 years earlier than the A2500 which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a full comparison, here is a short summary of how the A1200 grades vs the A2500 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon A1200 over the Canon A2500

 A1200 A2500 

Reasons to pick Canon A2500 over the Canon A1200

 A2500 A1200 
IntroducedJanuary 2013January 2011Newer by 25 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Common features in the Canon A1200 and Canon A2500

 A1200 A2500 
Manual focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to factor its weight and size. The Canon A1200 provides external dimensions of 98mm x 63mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 1.2") having a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs) and the Canon A2500 has specifications of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") with a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs).

Look at the Canon A1200 and Canon A2500 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have chosen at that time. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the A1200 compared to the A2500.

Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the A1200 and A2500 is 92 and 96 respectively.

Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500 top view buttons comparison

Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to see the gap in sensor dimensions simply by checking out specifications. The picture here will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the A1200 and A2500.

To sum up, both of those cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same megapixels. You should anticipate the Canon A2500 to produce more detail as a result of its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos more aggressively. The more aged A1200 will be behind in sensor technology.

Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500 sensor size comparison

Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A1200 Portrait photography information
Canon A2500 Portrait photography information
26
provides face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
low resolution (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
35
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon A1200 as a Street photography camera
Canon A2500 as a Street photography camera
46
fixed screen
no image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
56
lighter than others (135 grams)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon A1200
Sports photography with Canon A2500
23
provides tracking focus
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (200 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus
34
decent MP (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
low fps (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A1200
Travel photography with Canon A2500
55
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
bad battery pack (200 CIPA)
low resolution (12MP)
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
69
lighter than others (135 grams)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon A1200
Landscape photography with Canon A2500
27
fairly wide (28mm)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
no image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
bad battery pack (200 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse mode
39
rather wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
decent MP (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
no manual control
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A1200 as a Vlogging camera
Canon A2500 as a Vlogging camera
27
fairly wide (28mm)
provides face detect autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic port
30
rather wide (28mm)
has face detect focusing
lighter than others (135 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic support
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Canon A1200 vs Canon A2500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A1200 and Canon A2500
 Canon PowerShot A1200Canon PowerShot A2500
General Information
Make Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A1200 Canon PowerShot A2500
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-01-05 2013-01-29
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology -
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 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
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-112mm (4.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/2.8-6.9
Macro focus range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 secs 15 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.00 m 3.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 185g (0.41 lb) 135g (0.30 lb)
Physical dimensions 98 x 63 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 1.2") 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 200 photos 220 photos
Style of battery AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA NB-11L
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HCMMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $109 $109