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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Canon Powershot A2600
Price: £79.99
Rating: 3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5

Canon PowerShot A2600 Review - The Canon PowerShot A2600 is a budget compact camera with 5x optical zoom and a 16 megapixel sensor. Daniel Bell reviews.

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Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification

Canon Powershot A2600

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.

Canon Powershot A2600

Canon PowerShot A2600 Features

The Canon PowerShot A2600 has a 16 megapixel CCD sensor and 5x optical zoom lens which is a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. The zoom can be extended to 10x using ZoomPlus. The help counteract blur there is digital image stabilisation.

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.

Canon Powershot A2600

Key Features

  • 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
Canon Powershot A2600

Canon PowerShot A2600 Handling

The Canon PowerShot A2600 has a metal body and is a good size for carrying around in your pocket. The grey rear and coloured front makes the camera look stylish. The rear of the camera is filled largely by the 3 inch screen - it goes almost all the way to three edges of the camera with the fourth being where the buttons are. The screen has a resolution of 230k dots which is typical for a budget camera of this type.

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.

Canon Powershot A2600

Canon PowerShot A2600 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Canon Powershot A2600 Sample Photos

Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 13.7 mm | ISO 100

Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 13.7 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Landscape | 1/250 sec | f/7.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200

Landscape | 1/250 sec | f/7.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

Low Light P Mode | 1 sec | f/5.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 100

Low Light P Mode | 1 sec | f/5.6 | 16.5 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Canon Powershot A2600 Pet Portrait | 1/320 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200

Canon Powershot A2600 Pet Portrait | 1/320 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

i-Contrast On | 1/200 sec | f/7.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

i-Contrast On | 1/200 sec | f/7.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Trees | 1/320 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400

Trees | 1/320 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 400
High-Res


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

Wide Angle | 1/200 sec | f/7.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100

Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Zoomplus | 1/500 sec | f/6.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100

Zoomplus | 1/500 sec | f/6.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Macro | 1/30 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100

Macro | 1/30 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


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

1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

1/13 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 200

1/13 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400

1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

1/50 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 800

1/50 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

1/100 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 1600

1/100 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res


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

AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.2 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.2 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/3.2 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.2 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100

AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.2 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fluorescent 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
High-Res


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

Fisheye | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 500
High-Res

Monochrome | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 500

Monochrome | 1/20 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 500
High-Res

Poster Effect | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 400

Poster Effect | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Toy Camera | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 400

Toy Camera | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Vivid | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 400

Vivid | 1/15 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Miniature | 1/200 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 100

Miniature | 1/200 sec | f/5.6 | 18.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


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 Money

The 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 Verdict

For those in the market for a budget compact camera, the Canon PowerShot A2600 is going to appeal. Available for just £80, it has decent enough image quality and a well built metal body that looks stylish in any of the colours it is available in. There are a few cons; short battery life, slow continuous shooting and the lack of optical image stabilisation, but these are perfectly acceptable for this price. You can use the eco mode to ensure you get the most from the battery and beginners to photography will find the help menu useful.

Canon PowerShot A2600 Pros
Decent image quality
Metal body
3cm close focusing distance
Good value for money
Easy to use with built-in help guide

Canon PowerShot A2600 Cons

No optical image stabilisation
Quite low battery life
Slow continuous shooting

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Canon Powershot A2600 Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperture f/2.8 - f/6.9
35mm equivalent 28mm - 140mm
Optical Zoom 5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4608
Pixels (H) 3456
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width) No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 230,000 dots
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Min Focus 3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest 15sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 0.8fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
Video FPS 30
Stereo Sound No
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI No
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi No
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L (battery and charger supplied)
CIPA Rating 220
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight 135g
Width 97.7mm
Height 56mm
Depth 19.8mm

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