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Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS

Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
20
Overall
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Canon PowerShot A2100 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS front
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
29
Overall
35

Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS Key Specs

Canon A2100 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-216mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
  • 185g - 102 x 64 x 32mm
  • Launched February 2009
Canon A4000 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 145g - 95 x 56 x 24mm
  • Released February 2012
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Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS Overview

Lets examine more closely at the Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are produced by Canon. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the A2100 IS (12MP) and A4000 IS (16MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The A2100 IS was manufactured 4 years earlier than the A4000 IS and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting in to a detailed comparison, below is a short summation of how the A2100 IS grades versus the A4000 IS with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon A2100 IS over the Canon A4000 IS

 A2100 IS A4000 IS 

Reasons to pick Canon A4000 IS over the Canon A2100 IS

 A4000 IS A2100 IS 
ReleasedFebruary 2012February 2009Fresher by 36 months

Common features in the Canon A2100 IS and Canon A4000 IS

 A2100 IS A4000 IS 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera regularly, you will have to consider its weight and proportions. The Canon A2100 IS comes with outside measurements of 102mm x 64mm x 32mm (4.0" x 2.5" x 1.3") with a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs) and the Canon A4000 IS has measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have attached during that time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the A2100 IS versus the A4000 IS.

Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the A2100 IS and A4000 IS is 92 and 95 respectively.

Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS top view buttons comparison

Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS Sensor Comparison

Generally, its hard to picture the gap between sensor sizing merely by reading specifications. The graphic below may give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the A2100 IS and A4000 IS.

Plainly, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You should anticipate the Canon A4000 IS to offer more detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The older A2100 IS is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS sensor size comparison

Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A2100 IS Portrait photography highlights
Canon A4000 IS Portrait photography highlights
26
features face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
34
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
includes face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon A2100 IS Street photography features
Canon A4000 IS Street photography features
55
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon A2100 IS Sports photography details
Canon A4000 IS Sports photography details
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
low battery life (175 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon A2100 IS Travel photography features
Canon A4000 IS Travel photography features
50
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
62
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
low battery life (175 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A2100 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Canon A4000 IS as a Landscape photography camera
32
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
lack of manual mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
41
rather wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
low battery life (175 shots)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon A2100 IS
Vlogging with Canon A4000 IS
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
wide angle not fantastic (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have mic socket
31
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone support
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Canon A2100 IS vs Canon A4000 IS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A2100 IS and Canon A4000 IS
 Canon PowerShot A2100 ISCanon PowerShot A4000 IS
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot A2100 IS Canon PowerShot A4000 IS
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-02-18 2012-02-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 36-216mm (6.0x) 28-224mm (8.0x)
Max aperture f/3.2-5.9 f/3.0-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15s 15s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.50 m 3.00 m
Flash options Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG H.264
Microphone 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 185g (0.41 lb) 145g (0.32 lb)
Dimensions 102 x 64 x 32mm (4.0" x 2.5" x 1.3") 95 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 175 shots
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery ID 2 x AA NB-11L
Self timer Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $220 $199