Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A2500 vs Nikon Coolpix L26

Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Winner
Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

53

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Nikon Coolpix L26

43

Nikon Coolpix L26

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Really small
Size
Super compact 95x54x20 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon A2300 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
Size
Significantly smaller
95x54x20 mm vs 96x60x29 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the A2300 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 1.1"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
125 g vs 164 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$124.99 vs $199.90
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The best price we've seen is $75 cheaper (around 40% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L26

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Battery life
Longer battery life
200 shots vs 175 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              A2300 IS:175 shots
              L26:200 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2300 IS:720p @ 25fps
              L26:720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $90

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $120

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $159

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $107

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $123

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $122 - $180

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $400

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $79

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175 - $180

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Compact

              $124

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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