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Canon PowerShot A495

alaTest has collected and analyzed 339 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and image quality. The portability and usability also get good feedback. The storage and focus get mixed views, while some have doubts about the zoom and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A495 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A495 (Red)

 

Canon updated 2009's PowerShot A480 by splitting it into two models: the A490 and the A495. The PowerShot A490 is about $20 less expensive than the A495, but it's only available in silver; has a 5-point Face AiAF autofocus system instead of the A495's...

Excellent photos for its price; reliable Auto mode.

Short battery life; low-resolution LCD; slow shooting performance.

The Canon PowerShot A495 is a bargain for anyone concerned more with photo quality than features.

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Canon Powershot A495 Review

 

The Canon PowerShot A495 is an easy-to-use, entry level digicam. Featuring a 10-Megapixel imaging sensor, 3.3x optical zoom and Face Detection software, this camera is can be used by anyone, no mater how much experience they have with a digital camera....

Excellent image quality; powerful Built-in flash; video capture; Smart Auto shooting mode; Incredibly easy to use ; Cons ; Low-Resolution 2.5-Inch LCD ; 640x480 max video resolution (No HD) ; Slow shooting performance ; Bottom Line ; The Canon...

Low-Resolution 2.5-Inch LCD ; 640x480 max video resolution (No HD) ; Slow shooting performance ; Bottom Line ; The Canon PowerShot A495 is an easy-to-use, entry level digicam. Featuring a 10-Megapixel imaging sensor, 3.3x optical zoom and Face...

The Canon PowerShot A495 is an easy-to-use, entry level digicam. Featuring a 10-Megapixel imaging sensor, 3.3x optical zoom and Face Detection software, this camera is can be used by anyone, no mater how much experience they have with a digital camera....

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Canon PowerShot A490 / A495

 

The Canon Powershot A495 is a 10 Megapixel budget compact with a 3.3x zoom lens and a 2.5in screen. Released in January 2010 it replaces the popular PowerShot A480. Though slightly restyled, the new camera closely resembles its predecessor, with the...

Simple and elegant design ; Superb image quality for the money ; Convenient power source ; Some control over settings

No optical or sensor-shift image stabilization ; Slow flash recycling ; Relatively small and low resolution screen ; Limited zoom range

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Canon PowerShot A495

 

The PowerShot A480 from Canon was taken in two different ways with updates this year: the A490 and the A495. The PowerShot A490 is about $20 less expensive as its competition but it's only available in basic silver. It has a 5-point Face AiAF auto...

Reliable Auto mode ; Excellent photo quality for its price

Short battery life ; Low-resolution LCD ; Slow shooting performance

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"Save your money for a better camera"

 

Save your money and buy something better. It's ok for outdoor pictures and if you don't need to zoom. Zoom does very poorly; the pictures almost always come out blurry. As soon as it's getting close to dusk, and at night, it takes forever for the...

Point and shoot

Short battery life

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"We are VERY disappointed with this camera."

 

Don't buy this one. CNET, you need to change your rating on this camera. It is not reliable.

point and shoot

usually takes terrible pictures

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Good pictures, simple to use, great for beginners.

 

I bought two of these cameras to be used by students in a school. I spend no more than 30 seconds explaining them, whether the user, even to people who call themselves "technologically impaired." The pictures are great, enough resolution for yearbook....

Good pictures even in limited light ; Nice timer setting ; Super simple to use for novices

Have to shade LCD screen when shooting in bright light

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"Good pictures, simple to use, great for beginners."

 

I bought two of these cameras to be used by students in a school. I spend no more than 30 seconds explaining them, whether the user, even to people who call themselves "technologically impaired." The pictures are great, enough resolution for yearbook....

Good pictures even in limited light.

Have to shade LCD screen when shooting in bright light.

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"An Affordable High Quality Compact from Canon!"

 

The Canon Powershot A495 is probably one of the most affordable compact digital cameras out there. A little bit bulky and encased in a full plastic body, including a plastic lens barrel, its design may not catch your eyes at first, but this...

+ High-quality 2.5" LCD screen

- Slow continuous burst

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An Affordable High Quality Compact from Canon!

 

The Canon Powershot A495 is probably one of the most affordable compact digital cameras out there. A little bit bulky and encased in a full plastic body, including a plastic lens barrel, its design may not catch your eyes at first, but this...

High-quality 2.5" LCD screen ; Composing shots are easy ; Auto scene detection function ; DIGIC III processor ; Recovery time is amanzingly fast

Slow continuous burst ; Night mode, which shoots at 2 megapixels only

Product Specifications

With its streamlined silhouette and smoothly-curved edges, the Canon PowerShot A495 has the compact sophistication and relaxed simplicity that make it a natural for beginners and everyone else who craves style and convenience. The 10.0 megapixels resolution and 3.3x optical zoom make it easy to capture the action in dazzling color and brilliant detail. The DIGIC III image processor keeps it all looking sharp. To help you make the most of your creativity, scene modes make your photographs standout. A bright, bold 2.5-inch LCD makes shooting and playback a genuine pleasure.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SDXC Memory Card / SD Memory Card / MultiMediaCard / SDHC Memory Card / MultiMediaCardplus

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.2in
Height:2.4in
Weight:6.2oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Poster effect / Super vivid / Snow / Night snapshot / Kids & pets / Beach / Foliage / Indoor / Low light / Fireworks / Slow shutter / Portrait mode / Landscape

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:A495
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.0-5.8
Max Focal Length:21.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.6mm
Optical Zoom:3.3
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Blue/Red/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG / AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto / ISO 1600 / ISO 80 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Custom Effect / Vivid / Neutral / Sepia / Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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