Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800

Canon PowerShot A2500 front
Nikon Coolpix P7800 front

Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800 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
Nikon P7800
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-200mm (F2.0-4.0) lens
  • 399g - 119 x 78 x 50mm
  • Launched November 2013
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Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800 Overview

Here is a extended review of the Canon A2500 versus Nikon P7800, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by companies Canon and Nikon. There is a big difference among the sensor resolutions of the A2500 (16MP) and P7800 (12MP) and the A2500 (1/2.3") and P7800 (1/1.7") provide totally different sensor sizing.

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The A2500 was announced 10 months earlier than the P7800 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a short summation of how the A2500 scores vs the P7800 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon A2500 over the Nikon P7800

 A2500 P7800 

Reasons to pick Nikon P7800 over the Canon A2500

 P7800 A2500 
LaunchedNovember 2013January 2013Fresher by 10 months
Manual focus Very exact focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Canon A2500 and Nikon P7800

 A2500 P7800 
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Touch screen Neither includes Touch screen

Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Canon A2500 features outside 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 Nikon P7800 has dimensions of 119mm x 78mm x 50mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 2.0") and a weight of 399 grams (0.88 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are using at that time. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the A2500 vs the P7800.

Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the A2500 and P7800 is 96 and 82 respectively.

Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800 top view buttons comparison

Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to see the gap in sensor sizing simply by researching specifications. The visual underneath will provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the A2500 and P7800.

Plainly, the 2 cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The A2500 with its smaller sensor will make getting shallower depth of field more difficult and the Canon A2500 will result in more detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots way more aggressively. The older A2500 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800 sensor size comparison

Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A2500 Portrait photography advice
Nikon P7800 Portrait photography advice
decent MP (16MP)
has face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
you can focus manually
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon A2500 Street photography highlights
Nikon P7800 Street photography highlights
lighter than competition in class (135 grams)
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than competitors (399 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A2500 Sports photography advice
Nikon P7800 Sports photography advice
decent MP (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
max frames per second very slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
good battery life (350 CIPA)
resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A2500 Travel photography highlights
Nikon P7800 Travel photography highlights
lighter than competition in class (135g)
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
good battery life (350 shots)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than competitors (399g)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A2500 Landscape photography info
Nikon P7800 Landscape photography info
really wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
decent MP (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
manual mode not possible
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
you can focus manually
relatively wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (350 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A2500 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon P7800 as a Vlogging camera
really wide (28mm)
has face detection focus
lighter than competition in class (135g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external mic socket
relatively wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external microphone port
more heavy than competitors (399g)
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Canon A2500 vs Nikon P7800 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A2500 and Nikon P7800
 Canon PowerShot A2500Nikon Coolpix P7800
General Information
Make Canon Nikon
Model type Canon PowerShot A2500 Nikon Coolpix P7800
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-01-29 2013-11-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Maximum enhanced ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 9 99
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-200mm (7.1x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/2.0-4.0
Macro focusing range 3cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 4.8
Range of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 921 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Minimum shutter speed 15s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0fps 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 10.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (25p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p); high-speed: 1920 x 1080 (15 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Optional
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 135g (0.30 lbs) 399g (0.88 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 119 x 78 x 50mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 54
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.2
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 200
Battery life 220 images 350 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-11L EN-EL14
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (10 or 2 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage slots Single Single
Price at release $109 $550