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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Size
Really small
Compact 94x61x31 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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$99.99 vs $228.00
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The best price we've seen is $128 cheaper (2.3x less)
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              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 flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              L26230k dots
              A800115k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L265x
              A8003.3x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $129

              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $198

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot A1000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A1000 IS

              Compact

              $130

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $75

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $60

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Fujifilm FinePix S1800

              Fujifilm FinePix S1800

              Super zoom

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $826 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $60

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Compact

              $318

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

              Canon PowerShot A800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix AV200

              Fujifilm FinePix AV200

              Compact

              $94

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

              Kodak Easyshare C1530

              Compact

              $100

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot A495

              Canon PowerShot A495

              Compact

              $165

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Slightly lighter

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              discussion

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