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Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS

Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
29
Overall
35
Canon PowerShot A2500 front
 
Canon PowerShot A3000 IS front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
14
Overall
25

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS Key Specs

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
  • Announced January 2013
Canon A3000 IS
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-140mm (F2.7-5.6) lens
  • 165g - 97 x 58 x 28mm
  • Introduced January 2010
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Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Canon A2500 versus Canon A3000 IS, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both sold by Canon. There exists a substantial gap among the resolutions of the A2500 (16MP) and A3000 IS (10MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The A2500 was manufactured 3 years after the A3000 IS which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a detailed comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the A2500 matches up against the A3000 IS with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon A2500 over the Canon A3000 IS

 A2500 A3000 IS 
IntroducedJanuary 2013January 2010More modern by 38 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Canon A3000 IS over the Canon A2500

 A3000 IS A2500 

Common features in the Canon A2500 and Canon A3000 IS

 A2500 A3000 IS 
Manual focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Canon A2500 features exterior measurements of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs) while the Canon A3000 IS has sizing of 97mm x 58mm x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are working with at that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the A2500 vs the A3000 IS.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A2500 and A3000 IS is 96 and 94 respectively.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS top view buttons comparison

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be difficult to picture the contrast in sensor sizes only by checking out a spec sheet. The image below will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the A2500 and A3000 IS.

As you can see, the 2 cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You can expect the Canon A2500 to produce extra detail due to its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The newer A2500 provides an advantage in sensor innovation.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS sensor size comparison

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon A2500
Portrait photography with Canon A3000 IS
35
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
19
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon A2500 Street photography details
Canon A3000 IS Street photography details
56
lighter than competition in class (135g)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon A2500 Sports photography factors
Canon A3000 IS Sports photography factors
34
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
24
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A2500
Travel photography with Canon A3000 IS
69
lighter than competition in class (135 grams)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
50
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A2500 as a Landscape photography camera
Canon A3000 IS as a Landscape photography camera
39
decently wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
resolution is good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Timelapse function
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A2500 Vlogging features
Canon A3000 IS Vlogging features
30
decently wide (28mm)
supports face detect autofocus
lighter than competition in class (135 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no microphone support
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have mic port
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Canon A2500 vs Canon A3000 IS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A2500 and Canon A3000 IS
 Canon PowerShot A2500Canon PowerShot A3000 IS
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A2500 Canon PowerShot A3000 IS
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-01-29 2010-01-05
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 16 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/2.7-5.6
Macro focus range 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.7"
Resolution of display 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per sec 1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 135g (0.30 lb) 165g (0.36 lb)
Physical dimensions 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 97 x 58 x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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 220 shots -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-11L NB-8L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom, Face)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $109 $240