Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS vs Nikon Coolpix L26

Canon PowerShot A2300 IS vs Nikon Coolpix L26

Winner
Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

50

Nikon Coolpix L26

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Really small
Size
Super compact (95×54×20 mm)
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Screen size
Large screen
3"

Items often bought with the Canon A2300 IS or Nikon L26

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS.
Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L26.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A2300 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
Size
Significantly smaller
95×54×20 mm vs 96×60×29 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
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$100.00 vs $139.53
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon L26

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" 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
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2300 IS125 g
              L26164 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2300 IS$100.00
              L26$139.53
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              A2300 IS175 shots
              L26200 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2300 IS720p @ 25fps
              L26720p @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon IXUS 165

              Canon IXUS 165

              Travel zoom

              $123 - $137

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $260

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $109

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $130

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $136

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $216

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $134

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Compact

              $85 - $91

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Compact

              $250

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $111

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $89

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

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