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

Nikon Coolpix L26 vs Canon PowerShot A800

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L26

42

Canon PowerShot A800

33

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
26 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Really small
Size
Compact 96x60x29 mm
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A800

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Size
Really small
Compact 94x61x31 mm

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
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$139.00 vs $189.99
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The best price we've seen is $51 cheaper (around 30% 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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L26720p @ 30fps
              A800480p @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              L26230k dots
              A800115k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L265x
              A8003.3x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $160

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $100

              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $169

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Is much smaller
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $65

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $70

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Sony DSC-S5000

              Sony DSC-S5000

              Compact

              $98

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Wide angle Much 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 S1800

              Fujifilm FinePix S1800

              Super zoom

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot A495

              Canon PowerShot A495

              Compact

              $99

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Canon PowerShot A1200

              Canon PowerShot A1200

              Compact

              $246

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Size Larger
              Canon IXUS 115 HS

              Canon IXUS 115 HS

              Compact

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed

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