Canon A2500

 
Canon PowerShot A2500 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 135g - 98 x 56 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2013
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
41
Features
29
Overall
36

Canon A2500 summary

Canon A2500 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially released on January of 2013. The camera has a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The A2500 is rated #84 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #856 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. You should try our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your custom requirements.

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Here is a graph of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon A2500 history

The Canon A2500 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-A1400 front thumbnailCanon A1400
A2500 vs A1400
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-A2500 front thumbnailCanon A250028-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-A3500-IS front thumbnailCanon A3500 IS
A2500 vs A3500 IS
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-A2300 front thumbnailCanon A2300
A2500 vs A2300
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-A810 front thumbnailCanon A810
A2500 vs A810
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-A3400-IS front thumbnailCanon A3400 IS
A2500 vs A3400 IS
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Canon-PowerShot-A4000-IS front thumbnailCanon A4000 IS
A2500 vs A4000 IS
28-224mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-A1300 front thumbnailCanon A1300
A2500 vs A1300
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-A2400-IS front thumbnailCanon A2400 IS
A2500 vs A2400 IS
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-A1200 front thumbnailCanon A1200
A2500 vs A1200
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-A3300-IS front thumbnailCanon A3300 IS
A2500 vs A3300 IS
28-140mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-PowerShot-A3200-IS front thumbnailCanon A3200 IS
A2500 vs A3200 IS
28-140mm
F
14MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-A2200 front thumbnailCanon A2200
A2500 vs A2200
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-A800 front thumbnailCanon A800
A2500 vs A800
37-122mm
F3.0-5.8
10MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-A3100-IS front thumbnailCanon A3100 IS
A2500 vs A3100 IS
35-140mm
F2.7-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-A3000-IS front thumbnailCanon A3000 IS
A2500 vs A3000 IS
35-140mm
F2.7-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-A490 front thumbnailCanon A490
A2500 vs A490
37-122mm
F3.0-5.8
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-A495 front thumbnailCanon A495
A2500 vs A495
37-122mm
F3.0-5.8
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS front thumbnailCanon A1100 IS
A2500 vs A1100 IS
35-140mm
F2.7-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Canon-PowerShot-A2100-IS front thumbnailCanon A2100 IS
A2500 vs A2100 IS
36-216mm
F3.2-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009

Canon A2500 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon A2500 based on features that are normally considered crucial in a digital camera.

good zoom range (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
great minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
has face detection focus
has tracking autofocus
lighter than average (135g)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3")
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW files
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
max fps low (1.0 frames/s)
missing external mic support
missing HDMI out
missing headphone support
missing Time Lapse mode
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no manual control
no manual focus
no shutter priority
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
slow at full zoom (f6.9)
small sensor (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Canon A2500 Sensor details

The size of the sensor in the Canon A2500 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 16 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the A2500's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The A2500 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A2500 dimensions

Canon A2500 weighs in at 0.30 lbs (135 gr / 4.76 ounces) & the over all size of the camera is 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Canon A2500 is less heavy compared with various rivals.

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Listed below is a photo of the Canon A2500 beside a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot A2500 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show you the button layout on the A2500.

Canon PowerShot A2500 topview buttons dials

Canon A2500 Lens specs

The A2500 has an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not amazing but it might be convenient in a few circumstances.

At the widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 and that's rather slow and not good for low light occasions and you may find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to boost the ISO causing noisy images. At the tele end, 140mm comes to f6.9 which is pretty slow and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Canon A2500 Connectivity

The A2500 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer images and usually adjust settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Canon A2500 Video specs

The max video quality in the Canon A2500 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in H.264 file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should really shoot for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The camera does not have a microphone and / or headphone socket so you get no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to get an alternative camera in case you require good sound for your videos.

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Canon A2500 Weather Sealing

Canon A2500 does not include environment sealing so damp conditions can ruin the camera.

Canon A2500 Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon A2500 has a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon A2500 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be quite beneficial during bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon A2500 Shutter specs

Canon A2500 can shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon A2500 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon A2500 features only built in flash with no external flash support.

Canon A2500 Autofocusing specs

Canon A2500 features just Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & accurate compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection which is valuable for taking portraits of people.

The AF system has 9 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Canon A2500 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing is useful during low light or you need to have more precise focusing control.

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Canon A2500 Battery life

The battery pack (NB-11L) on the Canon A2500 is made to last for 220 images according to the CIPA measurements making it on par with it's rivals. The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the maximum (470) battery life within this type of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Canon A2500 for varying types of photography

The following bar chart shows a outline of the Canon A2500 for varying types of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Canon A2500

The Canon A2500 receives a points tally of 36 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not appropriate for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos and option to work with off-camera lighting.

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MP count good (16MP)
provides face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Street photography with Canon A2500

Getting a moderate points tally of 56, the Canon A2500 is reasonably acceptable for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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lighter than competitors (135 grams)
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Sports photography with Canon A2500

A really bad sports photography rating of 34 indicates the Canon A2500 is just not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
slow fps (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Canon A2500 Travel photography advice

Weight is pretty important when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Canon A2500 gets a above average 69 as a travelling camera which is a fine choice to take with you on your journeys.

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lighter than others in class (135 grams)
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Canon A2500

If you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon A2500 at it's really bad score of 39 as a landscape camera is just not appropriate compared to its competition.

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decently wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good megapixels (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function

Canon A2500 Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should offer a articulating display, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Canon A2500 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it gets a really bad score of 30.

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relatively wide (28mm)
offers face detection autofocus
lighter than competition (135g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone socket

Canon A2500 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the A2500, below is a range of the top placed cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart just below gives you a bird's eye view of the A2500 vs it's highest scored rivals shown above.

These are some more cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To review a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot A2500
Category
Small Sensor Compact
Announced
2013-01-29
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
1600
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture
f/2.8-6.9
Macro focusing distance
3cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3"
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
15s
Max shutter speed
1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
135 grams (0.30 lbs)
Physical dimensions
98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Other
Battery life
220 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NB-11L
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots
1
Cost at release
$109