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

Nikon Coolpix L26 vs Canon PowerShot A800

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L26

41

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"
Really small
Size
Compact (96×60×29 mm)
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A800

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Size
Really small
Compact (94×61×31 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.2"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L26.
Explore our gallery of 17 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A800.

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
Much larger screen
3" 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
96×60×29 mm vs 94×61×31 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
$195.00 vs $228.00
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The best price we've seen is $33 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Canon A800

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 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
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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

              $87

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $89

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $77

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S30

              Nikon Coolpix S30

              Waterproof

              $139

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Sony DSC-S5000

              Sony DSC-S5000

              Compact

              $99

              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

              Fujifilm FinePix AV200

              Fujifilm FinePix AV200

              Compact

              $95

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Kodak Easyshare C1530

              Kodak Easyshare C1530

              Compact

              $145

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A495

              Canon PowerShot A495

              Compact

              $165

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

              Compact

              $398

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly smaller
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot A480

              Canon PowerShot A480

              Compact

              $250

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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