Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L26 vs Canon PowerShot A810

Nikon Coolpix L26

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L26

43

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Canon PowerShot A800

34

Canon PowerShot A800

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A800

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L26

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Wide angle Much better wide angle 26 mm vs 37 mm
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Around 30% better wide angle
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 230k dots vs 115k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size Slightly smaller 96x60x29 mm vs 94x61x31 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 164 g vs 186 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.1" vs 1.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $159.99 vs $189.99
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The best price we've seen is $30 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon A800

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Macro focus Much better macro capability 1 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the A800's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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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 Common Weaknesses

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

              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              L26:230k dots
              A800:115k dots
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L26:720p @ 30fps
              A800:480p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L26:5x
              A800:3.3x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $100

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos
              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $166

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix L24

              Nikon Coolpix L24

              Compact

              $110

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $68 - $70

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $165

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix JX300

              Fujifilm FinePix JX300

              Compact

              $89

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $76

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6

              Compact

              $125

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $107

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Canon PowerShot A800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix AV200

              Fujifilm FinePix AV200

              Compact

              $65

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Kodak Easyshare C1530

              Kodak Easyshare C1530

              Compact

              $100

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S02

              Nikon Coolpix S02

              Ultra compact

              $84 - $90

              Size Much smaller
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

              appearance

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Canon PowerShot A800
              Nikon Coolpix L26 Canon PowerShot A800
              Nikon Coolpix L26 Canon PowerShot A800

              discussion

              Nikon Coolpix L26
              Coolpix L26
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              Canon PowerShot A800
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