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
Light-weight
Weight
164 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A800

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm

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
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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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$169.97 vs $199.99
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The best price we've seen is $30 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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 L24

              Nikon Coolpix L24

              Compact

              $100

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $125

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

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $178

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Compact

              $240

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $75

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70 - $100

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8

              Super zoom

              $557

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS6

              Compact

              $123

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

              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

              $60

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot A495

              Canon PowerShot A495

              Compact

              $150

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

              Compact

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix J50

              Fujifilm FinePix J50

              Compact

              Size Smaller
              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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