As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot A2100 IS is also often compared to digicams and entry-level DSLRs. The Canon PowerShot A2100 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot A650 IS and the PowerShot A2000 IS) and Nikon (such as the D3200)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A2100 IS compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and is newer (february 2009 vs august 2008).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS
5 months older

Significant advantages of the A2000 IS (vs the A2100 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A2000 IS (vs the A2100 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the A2000 IS and A2100 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS
similar age

Significant advantages of the A1100 IS (vs the A2100 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A1100 IS (vs the A2100 IS)

  • Smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the A1100 IS and A2100 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 150 g vs 185 g

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A2100 IS compared to digicam competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), is newer (february 2009 vs august 2007) and is thinner (1.3" vs 2.2").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.2 vs f/2.8), doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Canon PowerShot A650 IS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the A650 IS (vs the A2100 IS)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A650 IS (vs the A2100 IS)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the A650 IS and A2100 IS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A2100 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is much smaller (compact (102×64×32 mm) vs prosumer size (125×96×77 mm)), is thinner (1.3" vs 3") and is significantly lighter (185 g vs 505 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
3 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the A2100 IS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the A2100 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Compact (102×64×32 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.3"

common strengths of the D3200 and A2100 IS

  • None found