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Canon PowerShot A490

alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the low light performance and image quality. The portability and value for money also get good feedback, but opinions about the contrast and exposure are different. Some have doubts about the lens and sensor.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A490 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A490 (Silver)

 

Canon updated 2009's PowerShot A480 by splitting it into two models: the A490 and A495. The PowerShot A490 is about $20 less expensive than the A495, but it's available in silver only; it 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; very basic features.

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.

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Canon Powershot A490 Review

 

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a compact, entry-level model featuring excellent image quality and a decent set of features for anyone on a budget. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

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 A490 is a compact, entry-level model featuring excellent image quality and a decent set of features for anyone on a...

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a compact, entry-level model featuring excellent image quality and a decent set of features for anyone on a budget. Read more in our

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Canon PowerShot A490 Review

 

The Canon PowerShot A490 replaces the A480 at the low end of Canon's point-and-shoot lineup.

Very affordable ; Good, basic performance ; Consistently good images

Some ergonomics issues ; No image stabilization ; Minor lens distortion

At the ISO 400 setting (and higher) noise is noticeable and there's a perceptible loss of fine detail. Shutterbugs with realistic expectations should encounter few problems with the camera in auto ISO mode.

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Canon PowerShot A490 Review

 

Canon PowerShot A490 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Canon PowerShot A490 and comparisons to other Cheap Digital Cameras

Simple to use; Good auto-shooting modes; Great photos for the money

No viewfinder or image stabilization; Slow shooting performance; Not great for low-light shots

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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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"Great quality pictures for the price."

 

Definitely great if you're on a small budget and you still want a quality camera.

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Great quality pictures for the price.

 

Definitely great if you're on a small budget and you still want a quality camera.

Photo quality ; Simple ; Cheap

Battery Life

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Amazon review summary for Canon PowerShot A490

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Canon PowerShot A490 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

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94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon PowerShot A490 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD

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Great choice for the price

 

Purchased for our X-ray department to do photos of setups. It's such a nice camera that other folks are borrowing it and using it all over our plant. Based on the popularity we will be buying at least 2 more. This would be a great gift for anyone that...

Easy to use and handle. Picture quality is far better than I had expected at this price point. Auto funtions allow close-ups with the best image quality that I have ever seen in an entry level camera

Not sure that are any cons that you wouldn't find in any $100.00 range camera. Our folks are great at complaining and nobody's whined about it in more than 6 months

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birthday gift for a young photographer

 

I gave this as a birthday gift to my grandson. It was good value being a little outdated so the price was half what it was a while back. It's simple enough to encourage him to learn how to take good photos, and the results are pleasing.

Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Short Lag Time

Product Specifications

With its streamlined silhouette and smoothly-curved edges, the Canon PowerShot A490 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-megapixel 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. A bright, bold 2.5-inch LCD makes shooting and playback a genuine pleasure. Affordable, easy and fun, the PowerShot A490 uses Canon know-how to let everyone take great 10.0-megapixel photos. Its compact, lightweight design slips easily into any pocket.

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:Snow / Night snapshot / Kids & pets / Beach / Foliage / Indoor / Low light / Fireworks / Slow shutter / Portrait mode / Landscape

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:A490
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: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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