Canon PowerShot A490/A495

Last updated (10 September’10):
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Canon PowerShot A490 & A495 is a 10 Megapixels entry-level digital camera features 3.3x optical zoom (film equivalent: 37 – 122mm), ISO 80-1600, Smart Auto mode, Face Detection Technology, DIGIC III, and a 2.5-inch LCD Screen. The PowerShot A495 has exactly the same features with the A490 except the Face Detection Self-Timer feature which only available in A495. This feature allows the user to set up the camera for a group portrait shot, then join the group before the camera will capture an image. Both cameras measures 3.68 x 2.43 x 1.20 in./93.5 x 61.7 x 30.6mm and weighs approx. 6.17 oz./175g (camera, including batteries and memory card)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot A490/A495 Reviews reviews the Canon A490 and writes;
“overall image quality of the PowerShot A490 to be excellent considering its asking price, and the camera performed very well indoors, outdoors, and up close to our subjects. The point is, if you’re looking for an inexpensive point-and-shoot without any frills, but with the ability to capture clear and accurately coloured (for the most part) photos, which you can then upload to a social media site or even print up to A4 size, it’s hard to pass it up.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon A495 and writes;
“It has a fairly pedestrian specification which is unlikely to set your heart racing the way the COOLPIX L22 might, with its impressive array of features that surely belong on a more expensive model. But if what you’re looking for is a capable enough budget compact that offers superb picture quality then you won’t be disappointed.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon A495 and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot A495 is a bargain for anyone concerned more with photo quality than features. It’s not particularly fast to snap photos, though”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon A495 and writes;
“So, to conclude, in the Powershot A495 we have a general purpose – or as Canon would have it ‘everyday’ – camera that’s slightly better than first impressions would suggest. Don’t expect miracles and you won’t be disappointed. Indeed, for the price you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon A495 and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot A490 is a cheap camera for those on a tight budget who still want the prestigious brand name, but its overall build quality, performance and image quality don’t really compare to Canon’s more expensive models. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Canon A495 and writes;
“For those looking for an inexpensive first digital camera or a simple to use product with sufficiently large enough buttons for newcomers both old and young, then the A495 is worthy of further consideration. It’s also cheaper than the nearest IXUS models and, if you can live with the AAs and slightly bulkier plastic-y feel, delivers very similar results.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon A495 and writes;
“The good: Excellent photos for its price; reliable Auto mode. The bad: Short battery life; low-resolution LCD; slow shooting performance; very basic features.
The bottom line: Though its feature set is light, the Canon PowerShot A490 is a very good choice for anyone on a tight budget who still wants excellent photo quality.”

Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Canon A495 and writes;
“I think this is a super camera. It comes with a low price tag, but is capable of producing better pictures than many more expensive digital cameras. The sharpness of the photos is eye catching and I also liked the colours showing in my test shots.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon A495 and writes;
“Not the slimmest or most stylish camera but pictures are on a par with more expensive alternatives”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon A490 and writes;
“Image quality from the A495 is excellent for an entry-level model. Our outdoor samples show us that the camera produces excellent exposures and bright, vivid colors. The camera even handled the bright white snow very well. Chromatic aberrations were controlled very well,”
Rating: N/A

TechRadar reviews the Canon A490 and writes;
“You don’t always get the control that you want over them, and features such as a decent HD video mode are missing, but if you’re looking for a camera for occasional use, and simply want reasonable results every time you press the shutter, this is a cast-iron bargain.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon A490 and writes;
“Canon’s PowerShot A490 is a compact, entry-level digicam that will not disappoint with it’s image quality. Featuring a 10-Megapixel imaging sensor, 3.3x optical zoom lens, Digic III imaging processor and Face Detection software, this is a great camera for anyone that is looking to take pictures of family and friends, but does not need high-performance with a big price tag”
Rating: N/A

User Opinions

Canon PowerShot A490/A495 User Reviews

An affordable high quality compact from Canon | Rating: ★★★★★½
“Compared to the very closely priced Sony DSC-S930 and S950 released last year, the Canon is able to produce much cleaner and sharper pictures at any given ISO (even though there is no ISO 3200), and the quality of the images closely matches those of the very expensive Sony DSC-WX1 with EXMOR-R sensor, which comes as a surprise to me. ” – Andrew

the little camera that could! | Rating: ★★★★★½
“in all, a perfect pocket sized camera not only for the person that doesn’t feel like lugging around something bigger & more expensive, but for someone on a tight budget that wants something with quality and the ability to learn with. ” – Rob

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Canon PowerShot A490/A495 Sample Photos

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Canon PowerShot A490/A495 User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot A490/A495 Features

* 10.0 MP
* 3.3x optical zoom
* 6.2cm (2.5”) LCD
* Smart Auto mode
* Simple design
* Shooting modes including Low Light
* Face Detection & Auto Red-Eye Correction
* Motion Detection Technology
* Long Play Movies with sound

Quality 10.0 Megapixel imaging
A 10.0 Megapixel sensor gives you the detail for superb, large-scale prints, or creatively cropping shots to perfection.

3.3X optical zoom
The 3.3x optical zoom lens is designed and manufactured by Canon to the high standards found throughout the Canon photographic range. In combination with digital zoom, magnification of up to 13x can be achieved.

6.2cm (2.5”) LCD
A bright, 6.2cm (2.5”) LCD lets you frame, review and share shots comfortably.

Smart Auto mode
Designed to let everyone take great shots, Smart Auto mode uses Scene Detection Technology to determine the shooting scene from subject brightness, contrast, distance and overall hue. The camera selects the scene type from 13 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output. Smart Auto mode also includes Smart Flash Exposure, which intelligently adjusts flash settings for optimum results.

Attractive and easy
The PowerShot A490 features a slim, lightweight design that makes it easy to take anywhere. A simple, intuitive button layout lets users of all ages start taking pictures right away.

14 shooting modes
A selection of 14 shooting modes makes it easy to get the right settings for any scene, including Low Light mode for great shots in darker conditions. Simply select the mode you want, and let the camera take care of everything else.

Face Detection Technology
A suite of Face Detection technologies detects multiple faces in a scene and adjusts focus, exposure, flash settings and white balance – for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones. Auto Red-Eye Correction identifies and removes the red-eye effect that can occur when shooting with flash.

As well as powering intelligent camera technologies such as Smart Auto, Canon’s DIGIC III processor ensures fast response times, superb image quality, advanced noise reduction and accurate colour reproduction.

Motion Detection Technology
Activated in Smart Auto mode, Motion Detection Technology ascertains movement in the shooting scene. The optimal ISO level is then automatically set, to minimise blur and maximise image quality.

Long Play Movies
Supplement your still images with fun 30fps VGA movie clips with sound. A Long Play mode lets you store twice as much footage on the camera’s memory card.

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3 Responses to “Canon PowerShot A490/A495”

  1. Naeem Ahmed says:

    I have Cannon A490 Digital Camera Price

    when i take portrait so red dot comes in both eyes.

    what is the solution to not come red dot in the eyes.

    best regards.

    Naeem Ahmed

  2. saptashwa says:

    this is known as red eye effect,the pupil appears red when the picture is taken at night,with the flash at close proximity;
    by pressing the ‘menu’ button,then under the settings>flash settings tab,turn on the red eye correction option,your problem is sorted 🙂

  3. AnnMarie A. says:

    Whenever I shoot a movie, there is no sound. How do I fix this?

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