As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot A85 is also often compared to pro DSLRs. The Canon PowerShot A85's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot S120) and Nikon (such as the D800)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A85 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 922k dots) and is slightly larger (compact (101×64×32 mm) vs compact (100×59×29 mm)).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
9 years newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the PowerShot A85)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the PowerShot A85)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S120 and PowerShot A85

  • Wide aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon PowerShot A85 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (101×64×32 mm) vs large (146×123×82 mm)), is thinner (1.3" vs 3.2") and is much lighter (300 g vs 1,000 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 10fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (118k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (3.9 MP vs 36.2 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D800

Nikon D800
7 years newer
$1,299 - $1,879 (body only)
$3,464 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D800 (vs the PowerShot A85)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 1.8"
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 3.9 MP
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Tunnel

Significant disadvantages of the D800 (vs the PowerShot A85)

  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.3"
  • Much larger: Large (146×123×82 mm) vs Compact (101×64×32 mm)
  • Much heavier: 1,000 g vs 300 g

common strengths of the D800 and PowerShot A85

  • Built-in flashes