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Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 IS

Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
29
Overall
35
Canon PowerShot A2500 front
 
Canon PowerShot A3500 IS front
Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
35
Overall
38

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 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 A3500 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 135g - 98 x 56 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2013
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Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 IS Overview

Below is a detailed analysis of the Canon A2500 versus Canon A3500 IS, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are created by Canon. The sensor resolution of the A2500 (16MP) and the A3500 IS (16MP) is relatively close and both cameras offer the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The A2500 was released within a month of the A3500 IS so they are both of a similar generation. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a full comparison, here is a quick summary of how the A2500 matches up vs the A3500 IS in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon A2500 over the Canon A3500 IS

 A2500 A3500 IS 

Reasons to pick Canon A3500 IS over the Canon A2500

 A3500 IS A2500 
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Common features in the Canon A2500 and Canon A3500 IS

 A2500 A3500 IS 
AnnouncedJanuary 2013January 2013Same generation
Manually focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 IS Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to lug around your camera often, you will want to factor its weight and dimensions. The Canon A2500 offers exterior measurements of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs) whilst the Canon A3500 IS has 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).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at that time. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the A2500 and the A3500 IS.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 IS size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the A2500 and A3500 IS is 96 and 96 respectively.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 IS top view buttons comparison

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 IS Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to visualize the contrast in sensor measurements simply by looking through technical specs. The graphic here might give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the A2500 and A3500 IS.

As you have seen, each of these cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same exact megapixels so you should expect comparable quality of photos though you need to factor the production date of the cameras into account.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 IS sensor size comparison

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 IS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 IS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A2500 as a Portrait photography camera
Canon A3500 IS as a Portrait photography camera
35
good MP (16 megapixels)
provides face detection focus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
35
MP count good (16MP)
comes with face detect focus
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon A2500 Street photography factors
Canon A3500 IS Street photography factors
56
lighter than competitors (135g)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch focus
lighter than competition (135 grams)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon A2500 Sports photography advice
Canon A3500 IS Sports photography advice
34
good MP (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (200 shots)
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A2500
Travel photography with Canon A3500 IS
69
lighter than competitors (135g)
good MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
68
lighter than competition (135g)
boasts touch focus
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
not so great battery pack (200 per charge)
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon A2500
Landscape photography with Canon A3500 IS
39
decently wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3")
good MP (16MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual mode
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
42
quite wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
no manual exposure
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
not so great battery pack (200 per charge)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A2500 as a Vlogging camera
Canon A3500 IS as a Vlogging camera
30
decently wide (28mm)
provides face detection focus
lighter than competitors (135 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone support
34
quite wide (28mm)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
lighter than competition (135g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone port
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Canon A2500 vs Canon A3500 IS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A2500 and Canon A3500 IS
 Canon PowerShot A2500Canon PowerShot A3500 IS
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot A2500 Canon PowerShot A3500 IS
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-01-29 2013-01-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - DIGIC 4
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 surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/2.8-6.9
Macro focusing distance 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 15 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
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) 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format H.264 H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 135 grams (0.30 lb) 135 grams (0.30 lb)
Physical dimensions 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
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 220 pictures 200 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-11L NB-11L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $109 $115