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Canon A2500 vs Canon A800

Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
29
Overall
35
Canon PowerShot A2500 front
 
Canon PowerShot A800 front
Portability
93
Imaging
34
Features
19
Overall
28

Canon A2500 vs Canon A800 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
  • Launched January 2013
Canon A800
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-122mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 186g - 94 x 61 x 31mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Canon A2500 vs Canon A800 Overview

Following is a extensive analysis of the Canon A2500 and Canon A800, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are built by Canon. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the A2500 (16MP) and A800 (10MP) but they possess the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The A2500 was brought out 2 years after the A800 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a full comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the A2500 matches up vs the A800 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon A2500 over the Canon A800

 A2500 A800 
LaunchedJanuary 2013January 2011More modern by 26 months
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution230k115kClearer display (+115k dot)

Reasons to pick Canon A800 over the Canon A2500

 A800 A2500 

Common features in the Canon A2500 and Canon A800

 A2500 A800 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Canon A2500 vs Canon A800 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry around your camera often, you will have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Canon A2500 enjoys exterior 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) whilst the Canon A800 has measurements of 94mm x 61mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") with a weight of 186 grams (0.41 lbs).

Check out the Canon A2500 and Canon A800 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is the front view measurements comparison of the A2500 compared to the A800.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A800 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the A2500 and A800 is 96 and 93 respectively.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A800 top view buttons comparison

Canon A2500 vs Canon A800 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's difficult to picture the contrast between sensor sizes just by going over technical specs. The picture underneath may provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the A2500 and A800.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You can anticipate the Canon A2500 to offer extra detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The more modern A2500 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor innovation.

Canon A2500 vs Canon A800 sensor size comparison

Canon A2500 vs Canon A800 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A2500 vs Canon A800 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A2500 as a Portrait photography camera
Canon A800 as a Portrait photography camera
35
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
supports face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
26
has face detection focus
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon A2500 Street photography factors
Canon A800 Street photography factors
56
lighter than average in class (135g)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
46
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon A2500 Sports photography highlights
Canon A800 Sports photography highlights
34
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
29
has tracking autofocus
good battery power (300 CIPA)
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A2500 as a Travel photography camera
Canon A800 as a Travel photography camera
69
lighter than average in class (135g)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
55
good battery power (300 CIPA)
has built in flash
missing Timelapse recording
MP count low (10MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (37mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon A2500
Landscape photography with Canon A800
39
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual mode
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
27
good battery power (300 CIPA)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (37mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
lack of manual mode
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A2500 as a Vlogging camera
Canon A800 as a Vlogging camera
30
rather wide (28mm)
supports face detect focusing
lighter than average in class (135g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic socket
24
has face detection focus
wide angle not good (37mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
missing external microphone support
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Canon A2500 vs Canon A800 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A2500 and Canon A800
 Canon PowerShot A2500Canon PowerShot A800
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A2500 Canon PowerShot A800
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-01-29 2011-01-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - DIGIC 3
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 16 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 37-122mm (3.3x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/3.0-5.8
Macro focus range 3cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 115 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 15 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance 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)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 135 grams (0.30 lbs) 186 grams (0.41 lbs)
Dimensions 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 94 x 61 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2")
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 300 shots
Battery style Battery Pack AA
Battery model NB-11L 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HCMMCplus
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $109 $90