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

Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

53

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Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

50

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Runner-up
     

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

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

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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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              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"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2300 IS:$124.99
              A4000 IS:$122.95
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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 A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $120

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $159

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $90 - $180

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              $140

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $109 - $129

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $90

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $400

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $269

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon IXUS 135

              Canon IXUS 135

              Travel zoom

              $212

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $138

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Weight Slightly heavier

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