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Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS

Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
29
Overall
35
Canon PowerShot A2500 front
 
Canon PowerShot A3100 IS front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
14
Overall
26

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 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 A3100 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 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
  • Released January 2010
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Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS Overview

Below is a extended comparison of the Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are designed by Canon. There exists a huge gap among the sensor resolutions of the A2500 (16MP) and A3100 IS (12MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The A2500 was introduced 3 years later than the A3100 IS and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a in depth comparison, here is a short introduction of how the A2500 matches up against the A3100 IS when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon A2500 over the Canon A3100 IS

 A2500 A3100 IS 
ReleasedJanuary 2013January 2010More recent by 38 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Canon A3100 IS over the Canon A2500

 A3100 IS A2500 

Common features in the Canon A2500 and Canon A3100 IS

 A2500 A3100 IS 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to lug around your camera often, you should factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon A2500 features outer dimensions of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") along with a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs) and the Canon A3100 IS has proportions of 97mm x 58mm x 28mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs).

Analyze the Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have at the time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the A2500 versus the A3100 IS.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A2500 and A3100 IS is 96 and 94 respectively.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS top view buttons comparison

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor measurements just by seeing specs. The graphic below should give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the A2500 and A3100 IS.

All in all, both of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Canon A2500 to produce greater detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The more recent A2500 will have an edge in sensor innovation.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS sensor size comparison

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A2500 as a Portrait photography camera
Canon A3100 IS as a Portrait photography camera
35
MP count decent (16MP)
has face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
21
manual focus not available
no manual control
can't use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon A2500 Street photography info
Canon A3100 IS Street photography info
56
lighter than others (135 grams)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon A2500
Sports photography with Canon A3100 IS
34
MP count decent (16MP)
has tracking focus
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A2500
Travel photography with Canon A3100 IS
69
lighter than others (135g)
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.8)
51
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low MP (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A2500 Landscape photography features
Canon A3100 IS Landscape photography features
39
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
27
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
no manual control
low MP (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A2500 Vlogging info
Canon A3100 IS Vlogging info
30
reasonably wide (28mm)
has face detect focusing
lighter than others (135g)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing mic socket
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have mic support
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Canon A2500 vs Canon A3100 IS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A2500 and Canon A3100 IS
 Canon PowerShot A2500Canon PowerShot A3100 IS
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot A2500 Canon PowerShot A3100 IS
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-01-29 2010-01-05
Physical type 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 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/2.7-5.6
Macro focusing range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
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 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 220 photographs -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-11L NB-8L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $109 $159