Canon PowerShot A2500 Preview
by Roger Slavens
Canon has revamped one of its entry-level pocket camera, the PowerShot A2300, with the PowerShot A2500. Not much has been changed between the models, as the A2500 employs the same 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor, the same DiGiC 4 processor, the same 5x optical zoom lens that delivers from 28mm wide angle (max aperture of f/2.8) to 140mm equivalent telephoto (max aperture of f/6.9) range, the same 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot LCD display and the same basic 720p HD video capabilities.
The PowerShot A2500 employs Canon's Smart AUTO Mode, which recognizes up to 32 different shooting situations and selects the camera settings for no-fuss picture taking. Creative filters available include Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome. The A2500 also features Canon's new ECO Mode which saves power so you can can take more pictures on a single charge.
Like its predecessor, one of the drawbacks of the A2500 is that it doesn't have built-in optical image stabilization. There's digital image stabilization, but that typically works by raising ISO sensitivity and noise levels to increase your shutter speed and reduce blur -- not necessarily what most shooters are looking for.
But if you're not picky about your photos, take mostly outside shots and primarily share them with friends and family online, then the price of the A2500 -- US$129.99 at launch -- is just right. Available in black, silver and red, the PowerShot A2500 is expected to start shipping in April 2013.
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