Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A2500 vs Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS over the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS.
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A2300 IS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the A2300 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size Smaller 95x54x20 mm vs 95x56x24 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 125 g vs 145 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom Slightly more zoom 8x vs 5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        A2300 IS:95x54x20 mm
        A4000 IS:95x56x24 mm
        Weight Light weight Help
        A2300 IS:125 g
        A4000 IS:145 g
        Thickness Thin Help
        A2300 IS:0.8"
        A4000 IS:0.9"
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        175 shots
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 25fps

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $200

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $100

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Compact

        $110

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $167

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $241

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

        Ultra compact

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon ELPH 115 HS

        Canon ELPH 115 HS

        Travel zoom

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Samsung ST66

        Samsung ST66

        Digicam

        $107

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
        Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

        Compact

        $105

        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon IXUS 135

        Canon IXUS 135

        Travel zoom

        $152 - $253

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Smaller
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129

        Size Smaller
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $169

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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