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The Canon PowerShot A2600 is a budget camera designed to be easy to use - it has a built-in help menu and Smart Auto mode. There is also a 16 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom lens. The A2600 is available in black, blue, red and silver from Currys for £79.99.
To make picture taking as easy as possible there is Smart Auto mode which automatically adjusts the camera settings for the detected scenes. There is also a number of scene modes to choose from as well as creative effects such as fisheye, miniature and toy camera. Live view control allows you to experiment with picture settings such as brightness and contrast will seeing the results before shooting.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD and optical zoom is available during recording.
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
- Digital image stabilisation
- 3.0 inch 230k dot LCD screen
- Smart Auto mode
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 100-1600
- 3cm minimum focusing distance
- Creative effects
- Available in black, blue, red and silver
The buttons on the camera include movie record, ? (help), playback and menu. There is a d-pad with a function / set button in the middle for cycling through the menus which also gives access to modes, eco, flash and display. The help button takes you into a built-in guide on using the camera. The menu system is easy to navigate - all the settings for shooting are found via the function button. To change other general camera settings you need to use the menu button.
Battery life is rated at 220 shots according to CIPA test results, this isn't a lot of shots but you can help get as much out of a charge by using the eco mode. This turns the screen off where possible to save power. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.125 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.5 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.9 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||2.6 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.9 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||0.7 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - Flash||0.4 fps|
Focus speed is fairly quick, but continuous shooting speeds are nothing to get excited about.
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Canon Powershot A2600 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 13.7 mm | ISO 100
Landscape | 1/250 sec | f/7.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Low Light P Mode | 1 sec | f/5.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 100
Canon Powershot A2600 Pet Portrait | 1/320 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
i-Contrast On | 1/200 sec | f/7.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Trees | 1/320 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400
Sample Photos - Colour reproduction is good and images are well exposed. Skin tones are decent and there is not sign of red-eye when using the flash. To extend the dynamic range you switch on the i-contrast option.
Canon Powershot A2600 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/200 sec | f/7.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Zoomplus | 1/500 sec | f/6.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/30 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Images have a decent amount of detail at both ends of the lens. There is some purple fringing in contrasting areas but this is generally kept under reasonable control. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm which means you can take decent macro shots.
Canon Powershot A2600 ISO test images
1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 100
1/13 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 200
1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
1/50 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 800
1/100 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 1600
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is kept low at ISO 100, 200 and 400 with just small increases at each setting. Images become soft at ISO 800, with ISO 1600 becoming softer still, but detail is still good.
Canon Powershot A2600 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.2 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.2 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.2 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.2 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the Auto White Balance (AWB) produces an image with an orange cast, with the incandescent preset performing well. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB performs excellently, the fluorescent preset also performs well, with the slightest colour cast present.
Canon Powershot A2600 Digital filters
Fisheye | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 500
Monochrome | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 500
Poster Effect | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 400
Toy Camera | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 400
Vivid | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 400
Miniature | 1/200 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - The A2600 has a number of creative shooting modes with some examples above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. Quality is OK, you can use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Canon PowerShot A2600 is available from Currys for £79.99. Other cameras to consider with a similar specification include the Fujifilm FinePix AX650 @ £50, Samsung ST72 at £72, Olympus Stylus VG-180 at £60, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS50 at £66 and Sony Cybershot DSC-W710 at £72. For more ideas, read our Top 11 Best Budget Cameras article.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Canon PowerShot A2600 Pros
Decent image quality
3cm close focusing distance
Good value for money
Easy to use with built-in help guide
Canon PowerShot A2600 ConsNo optical image stabilisation
Quite low battery life
Slow continuous shooting
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Canon Powershot A2600 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.8 - f/6.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L (battery and charger supplied)|
|Box Contents||No Data|