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Canon A495 vs Nikon L21

Portability
93
Imaging
33
Features
10
Overall
23
Canon PowerShot A495 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L21 front
Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
11
Overall
23

Canon A495 vs Nikon L21 Key Specs

Canon A495
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-122mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 62 x 31mm
  • Announced January 2010
Nikon L21
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-136mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 169g - 92 x 67 x 28mm
  • Introduced February 2010
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Canon A495 vs Nikon L21 Overview

Let's look a little more in depth at the Canon A495 versus Nikon L21, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by competitors Canon and Nikon. There is a large difference among the sensor resolutions of the A495 (10MP) and L21 (8MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The A495 was revealed around the same time to the L21 so they are both of a similar age. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a concise summary of how the A495 scores versus the L21 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon A495 over the Nikon L21

 A495 L21 

Reasons to pick Nikon L21 over the Canon A495

 L21 A495 
Display resolution230k115kCrisper display (+115k dot)

Common features in the Canon A495 and Nikon L21

 A495 L21 
IntroducedJanuary 2010February 2010Same age
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing2.5"2.5"Equivalent display measurement
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Canon A495 vs Nikon L21 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry your camera, you're going to have to consider its weight and proportions. The Canon A495 offers physical dimensions of 94mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) while the Nikon L21 has measurements of 92mm x 67mm x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") along with a weight of 169 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are working with at the time. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the A495 against the L21.

Canon A495 vs Nikon L21 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the A495 and L21 is 93 and 93 respectively.

Canon A495 vs Nikon L21 top view buttons comparison

Canon A495 vs Nikon L21 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its hard to imagine the gap in sensor sizing only by going through specs. The visual here should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the A495 and L21.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different MP. You can anticipate the Canon A495 to produce extra detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images far more aggressively.

Canon A495 vs Nikon L21 sensor size comparison

Canon A495 vs Nikon L21 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A495 vs Nikon L21 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A495 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon L21 as a Portrait photography camera
19
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
19
no manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor resolution not great (8MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon A495 Street photography factors
Nikon L21 Street photography factors
46
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
46
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon A495 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon L21 as a Sports photography camera
16
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
16
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (8MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A495 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon L21 as a Travel photography camera
50
built-in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (37mm)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
50
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution not great (8MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A495 Landscape photography info
Nikon L21 Landscape photography info
22
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (37mm)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen is small (2.5")
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
22
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
no manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (8MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A495 Vlogging details
Nikon L21 Vlogging details
21
wide angle not the best (37mm)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have external microphone port
21
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have mic port
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Canon A495 vs Nikon L21 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A495 and Nikon L21
 Canon PowerShot A495Nikon Coolpix L21
General Information
Brand Name Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot A495 Nikon Coolpix L21
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2010-01-05 2010-02-03
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Expeed C2
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 8 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 1600 1600
Minimum native ISO 80 64
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 37-122mm (3.3x) 38-136mm (3.6x)
Maximal aperture f/3.0-5.8 f/3.1-6.7
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.5 inches 2.5 inches
Resolution of screen 115k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.00 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
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 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video data format Motion JPEG 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
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 175 grams (0.39 pounds) 169 grams (0.37 pounds)
Dimensions 94 x 62 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 92 x 67 x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" 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 model 2 x AA 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom, Face) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $109 $180