Canon Powershot A2500 Digital Camera Review

PowerShot A2500 digital camera from Canon is a simple compact Camera. With its 16 Mega Pixel CCD sensor and the DIGIC 4 Image processor it takes high quality, color-accurate photos and 720 p High Definition video . The Canon PowerShot A2500 is the best Camera in a very small package that produces good results with HD video capabilities that people could take with when people did not want to lug around my DSLR and this little gem fits the bill perfectly .

The Canon PowerShot A2500 is almost identical to the A2400 IS. The difference is quite obvious looking at the model number the missing suffix “IS” indicates that the A2500 lacks optical image stabilization. The feature set of the both of the cameras is the same. Had Canon not added the silver accent on the front of the shell and retained the black back panel, it would have been difficult to differentiate between the A2400 IS and A2500 just by their looks. Also, the A2500 comes in different colours than the A2400 IS—black, silver and red.


Auto Smart: The canon power short A2500 automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on the subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.

Program: This camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture speed combination based on the shooting conditions.

Movie: video recording; unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.

Large shutter: Use to blur moving subjects for artistic effect, ideal for urban night photography.

Poster effect: Perfect poster effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.

Super vivid: Super vivid intensified the existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.

Toy/pinhole camera effects: Simulates photos taken with “toy” or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.

Miniature effect: This effect gives images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.

Fisheye effect: Now you can get the fisheye effect – a classic photographic distortion – without a fisheye lens.

Low light: For high quality picture clicking/capturing in an amazing range of dimly lit situations.

Self timer for face: The camera waits for a face to enter its frame before releasing the shutter.

Digital IS: This camera digitally corrects image itself and blur by analyzing the subject prior to choosing the best correct method.

Live view control: Enables the Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using an easy-to-understand controls.

The rear of the A2500 sports a 2.7-inch, 230K dot LCD monitor. To its right is the control panel comprising a 5-way D-pad and buttons for video recording. The Left button toggles Eco mode. When active, this mode turns off the display to save battery life when the camera is idle for 10 seconds. The other two directional buttons are for flash settings and display info. Shortcuts for EV, macro or self-timer would have been more useful than the Auto and Eco mode toggles. 

The A2500 can record videos at 640 x 480 or 1280 x 720 at 30 fps. A good thing is that you have optical zoom at your disposal while recording videos. Tthe A2500 is eager to spring into action. We used the same 16GB SDHC card that we used for testing the L28. The camera takes around 2 seconds to get ready to shoot from the time you press the on/off button. 

With the resolution set to highest 16 megapixel, the time between shots is around 3 seconds .
The outdoor performance in broad daylight is very good. The colours are punchy and reproduction of details is excellent .  That’s because the camera uses the lowest ISO speed. But when the ISO is even boosted in low light. The A2500 is best at capturing macros and close-ups. The closest shooting distance is about an inch from the object, and the results are excellent—crisp details, vibrant colours and good background blur. The quality of video recording is very good. The optical zoom comes in handy when you want to zoom into subjects while recording videos. There’s negligible stutter in videos and the picture quality is good even in low light.


Image Sensor
Camera Effective PixelsApprox 16.0 Million pixels
Focal Length5x zoom:5.0 (W) – 25.0 (T)mm
(35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) – 140 (T)mm)
Focusing Range3cm (1.2in.) – infinity (W), 1.2m (3.9ft.) – infinity (T)
Macro:3 – 50cm (1.2in. – 1.6ft.) (W)
Imaging ProcessorDIGIC 4
LCD Monitor
Size2.7-inch type
Effective PixelsApprox. 230,000 dots
Aspect Ratio4:3
Control SystemContinuous AF, Servo AF
AF FrameFace AiAF, Tracking AF, Center
Metering SystemEvaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
ISO Speed (Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index)Auto, ISO 100 – 1600
1 step increment
Shutter Speed1 – 1/2000 sec.
15 – 1 sec. (shooting long exposures)
f/numberf/2.8, f/7.9 (W), f/6.9, f/20 (T)
ModesAuto, On, Slow Synchro, Off
Range50cm – 3.0m (W), 1.2 – 2.0m (T)
(1.6ft. – 9.8ft. (W), 3.9ft. – 6.6ft. (T))
Shooting Specifications
Shooting ModesAuto, P, Live View Control, Digital IS, Portrait, Face Self-timer, Low Light, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter

*Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
Number of Recording PixelsStill Images:4:3
Large: 4608 x 3456
Medium 1: 3264 x 2448
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200
Small: 640 x 480
Movies:1280 x 720 / 640 x 480
Number of Shots (CIPA Compliant)Approx. 220 shots
Number of Shots (CIPA Compliant) Eco ModeApprox. 300 shots
Movie Recoding Time (Actual Usage Time)Approx. 50 mins.
Power SourceBattery pack NB-11L
Dimensions (CIPA compliant)97.7 x 56.0 x 20.9mm (3.85 x 2.20 x 0.82in.)
Weight (CIPA compliant)Approx. 125g (4.41oz.) (including the battery and memory card)
Approx. 110g (3.88oz.) (camera body only)

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Source: Canon

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