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Canon PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Black)

B&H # CAPSA2500B Mfr # 8253B001
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Product Highlights
  • 16.0MP Image Sensor
  • Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28-140mm
  • 2.7" LCD Monitor
  • HD 1280 x 720p Video
  • Digital IS Image Stabilization
  • Smart AUTO Modes
  • Scene Modes and Help Button
  • Power Saving ECO Mode
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor

The black Canon PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera is a compact point-and-shoot camera featuring a 16.0 megapixel image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor to produce high quality, well-detailed imagery. In addition to still imagery, these two technologies work together to enable clear 720p HD video recording that is accessible via a dedicated movie button. Improving the quality of both still and moving images, Smart AUTO is available and will intelligently select camera settings, based on 32 pre-defined shooting situations, to give you accurate exposures to best suit the scene in which you are photographing. To benefit shooting in low-light situations, Digital IS helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake to create sharper-looking images. All of these imaging technologies are supported by the 5x optical zoom lens, which gives a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28-140mm, giving a wide-angle to telephoto range that is suitable for almost any type of subject matter.

16.0MP Image Sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor
A 16.0 megapixel image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor provide high image quality and fast camera performance.
5x Optical Zoom Lens
The 5x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28-140mm, giving wide-angle to telephoto coverage to suit most shooting situations.
2.7" LCD Monitor
A 2.7" LCD monitor can be used to review stills or videos as well as compose imagery and navigate the menu system.
Smart AUTO
Smart AUTO mode utilizes a system of 32 predefined shooting situations and works to optimize camera settings to accurately render scenes.
HD Video Recording
1280 x 720p HD video recording is supported and easily accessible via a dedicated movie record button.
Shooting Modes
Several shooting modes are available to enable further creative depictions of your subject matter. These modes include Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, and more.
Digital IS
Digital IS image stabilization works to effectively reduce the appearance of camera shake, helping to produce sharper-looking imagery that is especially useful when working in low-light conditions.
Help Button
A Help Button is available to provide simple, easy-to-understand explanations of different camera functions to aid in mastering the use of the camera.
ECO Mode
ECO Mode helps to reduce the camera's power consumption to enable greater battery life for longer shooting sessions.
Still Playback Modes
Single, Index (4-100 Thumbnails), Magnification (Approx. 2x-10x), Information Display (Histogram, Overexposure Warning), Resume Playback, Transition, Red-Eye Correction, i-Contrast, Resize, Photobook Set-up, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Search
Video Playback Modes
Normal Playback, Pause, Slow Motion, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Search
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.6 Megapixel
Effective: 16.0 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CCD
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM (Mono)
Max Resolution 4608 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Stabilization Digital
Optics
Lens EFL: 5-25 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28-140 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - 6.9 (T)
Filter Thread None
Zoom Optical: 5x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 1.18" (3 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 3.94' (1.2 m) - Infinity
Macro: 1.18" (3 cm) - 19.69" (50 cm)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-1600
Shutter 15 - 1/2000 sec
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes Auto
Fireworks
Fish-Eye Effect
Long Exposure
Low Light
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
P
Portrait
Poster Effect
Snow
Toy Camera Effect
Vivid Color
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 2.9 fps
Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec
Interval Recording No
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Off
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.6 - 9.8' (0.49 - 2.99 m)
Telephoto: 3.9 - 6.6' (1.19 - 2.01 m)
External Flash Connection None
Memory
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 1280 x 720: 25 fps, 5 fps, 2.5 fps, 1.25 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps, 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Limited by Memory Card Capacity
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type None
Screen 2.7" LCD Rear Screen (230,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi None
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 90%
Power
Battery 1x NB-11L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 680mAh
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.8 x 2.2 x 0.8" / 97.7 x 56.0 x 20.9 mm
Weight 4.4 oz / 125 g with battery and memory card
Canon PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Black)
  • NB-11L Battery Pack for Select Canon PowerShot Cameras
  • CB-2LF Battery Charger for PowerShot A2600 / ELPH 130 IS Digital Cameras
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonPowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.3

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (30)
    • Good image quality (27)
    • Compact (26)
    • Nice body color (16)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (15)

    Cons

    • Lag / shutter delay (6)
    • Limited zoom (3)
    • No viewfinder (3)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (22)
    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Travel (13)
    • Low light (10)
    • Wildlife (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (9), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (27), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great camera for the money!

    This is my first digital camera, and I love it. The quality is amazing. Very simple to use. My favorite thing about this camera is the rechargeable battery, and it lasts a...Read complete review

    This is my first digital camera, and I love it. The quality is amazing. Very simple to use. My favorite thing about this camera is the rechargeable battery, and it lasts a long time between charges. You can't go wrong with the Canon brand.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    May return it!

    I started in the digital arena with a Kodak P&S, then a Canon DSLR. I wanted another P&S for convenient times when I didn't want to carry my larger...Read complete review

    I started in the digital arena with a Kodak P&S, then a Canon DSLR. I wanted another P&S for convenient times when I didn't want to carry my larger DSLR. I have shot about 400 images with this model so far. It has extremely limited range, usually giving blown out highlights. For the best shots prepare to stand very still and do not let the subject move, the lag time between pressing the shutter button and the shutter actually opening "feels" like a whole second and then you continue to hold it VERY still for the image to be less than fuzzy. The menu is very limited on the camera and I still can't find all the tools that are described in the product listing. Focus is pretty slow. I wish I could discover how to make the flash fire it is not consistent in auto. I still love my other Canon but I can't say that about the A2500

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    5.0

    Great, so far!

    By Tee

    from New Jersey

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Zoom
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Red):

      I have gotten Canon before and have been amazed at the image quality. This is a great camera, for a great price. Similar to the other Canon model I used, I found it easy to learn. I took some adorable pictures of my son to use for a card, and it came out beautiful and very clear. I have only had it a couple weeks, and I haven't had a chance to play around with all the features yet, but so far it seems good.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      PowerShot A2500 is a solid camera

      By S

      from Grand Forks, ND

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Red):

      I use this product for personal use and keep it on hand at all times. The thing I like about it is it is reliable and easy to operate. It is a "known quantity" so to speak and there is a comfort factor when purchasing a piece of equipment that a person is familiar with. The thing that is not so great about it is that aparently Canon is stopped productions of this model.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good little camera

      By Casual photographer

      from Reston, VA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Downloading Photos To Pc
      • Short Battery Life
      • Transferring Pictures

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Black):

      I got this camera to take on overseas trips because I don't want to take my more expensive Rebel. This takes great pictures and is very easy to operate.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Perfect for the money

      By Foto Fun

      from LA California

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Black):

            A point and shoot for your pocket that has decent video for impromtu moments.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Compact and easy to use. Love it.

            By JD

            from Reading, PA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos

            Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Black):

            I have been looking for a small point and shoot to keep in my backpack, especially since my iPhone is loaded with pics and keeps running out of memory.

            I love this camera and it came at a great price!

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great for the Money

            By Ician

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cost effective
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Selfies

            Best Uses

              Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Red):

              This camera is great for the money. It is easy to use. The HELP feature makes it simple to learn what each setting is used for. I was skeptical given its small size, but it takes great pictures. There's a mount for a tripod, though I wish it would have a fold-out viewfinder for taking selfies.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              2.0

              May return it!

              By Firefly

              from Lumberton, NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • Poor Image Quality
              • Poor Image Stabilization

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Red):

              I started in the digital arena with a Kodak P&S, then a Canon DSLR. I wanted another P&S for convenient times when I didn't want to carry my larger DSLR. I have shot about 400 images with this model so far. It has extremely limited range, usually giving blown out highlights. For the best shots prepare to stand very still and do not let the subject move, the lag time between pressing the shutter button and the shutter actually opening "feels" like a whole second and then you continue to hold it VERY still for the image to be less than fuzzy. The menu is very limited on the camera and I still can't find all the tools that are described in the product listing. Focus is pretty slow. I wish I could discover how to make the flash fire it is not consistent in auto. I still love my other Canon but I can't say that about the A2500

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great Service, Smart salespeople,

              By Bill

              from Chatham NJ

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Red):

                Bought for a freind in Costa Rica

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Good Value

                By Bucko

                from NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good battery life
                • Good Image Quality
                • Inexpensive
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Black):

                This camera fit the bill since I was looking for a pocket cam that was inexpensive and takes good pictures. I needed something to drag around to outside events where the conditions weren't the best and I wouldn't have to worry about it getting damaged.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Up close

                By NS Observer

                from Mansfield, MA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Silver):

                  Having bought several of these models we are giving them to children in our Natural Science Program. The pictures taken are very close up as we see a progression of growth and development of plants and caterpillar- to butterfly. The focus is very prompt. This camera is easy to use and creates beautiful well defined pictures.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Canon Powershot

                  By Photo Work Horse

                  from North Fork of Long Island,NY

                  Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Silver):

                  I love the size of this lovely high definition camera, but there is no view finder, which makes seeing the picture beforeI shoot,very difficult. I take the picture,and then see it in the replay a second after.

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                  5.0

                  Great Value!

                  By Brad

                  from Illinois

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Camera performs as advertised, does it well in a small package and reasonable price.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Excellent camera for detail!

                      By TrixieDoodleBug

                      from Exeter, ME

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Lag / Shutter Delay

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Red):

                      I take pictures of properties; houses, lawns, interior and exterior pictures of damages, etc. This is my second purchase of this model (first one is silver), to have a second one (red) as a backup. I have had NO complaints at all. Easy to use, I've even dropped it in the snow (I don't recommend it, but hey, accidents happen), dried it off, and have no problem with it. Batteries last for hours, somewhat less in COLD weather. GREAT camera!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Owesome deal

                      By Silpi

                      from Florida

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Red):

                        Its a nice deal. The camera is owesome and got is in very short time in my hand...

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        very good

                        By MVF

                        from New York, New York

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Red):

                            very good point and shot camera, clear pictures, and nice and easy movie mode.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Perfect point and shoot!

                            By Katie

                            from Torrington, CT

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Video

                              Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Black):

                              This camera is a perfect point and shoot for pictures and video! The image quality is abolutely professional and the settings are easy to play with for some interesting effects. and it fits in my pocket along with my cell phone! NO MORE BAD CELL PICTURES!!

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Fine - simple - camera

                              By Turnip

                              from Durham, NC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Large Clear LCD

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Travel

                                Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Silver):

                                I'm a professional videographer but I wanted a really simple camera, even simpler that a cell phone camera and this is a great choice. Having a dedicated button for video is also great. You can hand this camera to anyone and get the picture.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                It is what it is

                                By jaman

                                from LA,CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Image Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos

                                  Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Silver):

                                  Our kids use it to take family photos. It takes good photos for a point and shoot. My only gripe is the cheap plastic feel of the camera. For less than $ dollars though, it is what it is, a good point and shoot.

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Nice camera for price

                                  By Danielle

                                  from Dallas, TX

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • Great Zoom
                                  • Small / Compact

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Black):

                                    I was looking for a new digital camera that I could take short videos with and quality photos. This camera gets the job done! I'm very happy with it. However, it does not come with an cord to upload your pics/videos to your computer. Thankfully, my computer accepts SD cards by themselves, but if your computer does not...you will have to purchase the cord separately.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Camera!

                                    By cmurasko

                                    from Christchurch, VA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Nice Body Color
                                    • Small / Compact

                                    Cons

                                    • No Viewfinder

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife photos

                                    Comments about PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera (Red):

                                    I bought four of these camera's for my HS Art class. They take excellent images and give the students plenty of play with the on-camera filters. Great price, overall great value!

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