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Canon PowerShot A490
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Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera

10MP 3.3x CCD 1/2.3" Oct 2010
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A 10.0 Megapixel sensor gives you the detail for superb, large-scale prints, or creatively cropping shots to perfection. The 3.3x optical zoom lens is designed and manufactured by Canon to the... More
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16 Reasons For

Good Quality Pictures

Several people who reviewed it concluded that it was able to produce good images.

Good Size

Some people who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot A490 “While it may be a very basic point-and-shoot compact digital camera, Canon's PowerShot A490 can take clear” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Vr-Zone.com said in their review of this digital camera “Canon PowerShot A490 BoxOver the years Canon's PowerShot A-series compact cameras have been their choice of tool to capture the budget market” and gave the Canon PowerShot A490 a score of 4 stars.

Good Product Quality

Some customers considered that it was good quality. Steves-Digicams.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Steve's Digicams “The Canon PowerShot A490 is a compact, entry-level model featuring excellent image quality and a descent set of features for anyone on a budget”.

Canon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Canon compact camera digital cameras have good ratings on average and across all cameras Canon is one of the better rated brands.

Reasonably Priced

Some Canon PowerShot A490 reviewers who purchased it concluded that it was cheap. Expert website Cnet.com wrote six years ago “The Canon PowerShot A490 is a very good choice for anyone on a tight budget who still wants excellent photo quality” in their review and gave the Canon PowerShot A490 a score of 4 stars. Techradar.com gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review on expert website Techradar “The PowerShot A490 is the latest budget compact camera from Canon”.

A few people wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au said “Vibrant photos that are very impressive considering its low price”. Expert website Digitalcamerareview.com said “The PowerShot A490 is surprisingly capable as Canon's lowest priced point-and-shoot model” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

One Canon PowerShot A490 reviewer considered that it was a bargain for the price. Six years ago Goodgearguide.com.au said “The Canon PowerShot A490 is a cheap digital camera that can take high quality images” in their review and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

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CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor to this camera and we think the Samsung ST90, the Olympus VG-180, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an mmc|sd|sdhc|sdxc memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Fujifilm FinePix X10 (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Sony DSC-WX50 (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot A490, the PowerShot A490 supports video recording.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video recording to this camera and we think the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Sony DSC-HX20, and the Nikon Coolpix 8800 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot A490, the PowerShot A490 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the Lexibook DJ024, or the GE C1033 which has better reviews.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

At only 0.01 meters, the Canon PowerShot A490 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot A490. Cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot A490 have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 30m.

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Two Supported Batteries

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a two supported battery camera.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The PowerShot A490 has a greater number of photo effects than most compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Canon digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot A490. The photo effects "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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3648 X 2736 Still Image Resolution

The PowerShot A490 has a 3648 x 2736 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This camera also have still image resolutions of 1600 x 1200, 2272 x 1704 and 2816 x 2112 and 3648 x 2048. The worst still image resolution of all comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot A490 is 384 x 480 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PowerShot A490 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this Canon digital camera. The auto focus centre weighted auto focus, continuous auto focus and single auto focus are also featured on this camera.

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Features Two Light Metering Modes

The PowerShot A490 has a greater number of light metering modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most commonly featured light metering mode featured on cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot A490. The light metering mode "Spot" is also featured on this digital camera.

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Narrow

The narrowest camera that is a comparable age to the PowerShot A490 is 16mm wide and the widest is 470mm. At only 93.5 millimeters, the PowerShot A490 is quite narrow compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot A490.

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22 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Ten experts from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar and betabuzz.de have rated this digital camera on average 69%.

Poor Support

One Canon PowerShot A490 owner who reviewed it concluded that it did not have good technical guidance. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot A490 on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “It's a simple point-and-shoot without extensive manual features and it runs on AA batteries”.

Inferior Technical Features

One person who reviewed the Canon PowerShot A490 thought it did not have good features.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The PowerShot A490 does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of other cameras which also have an image stabiliser which you might also want to look at including the Fujifilm FinePix X10, the GE J1455, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 3.3 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot A490 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot A490. The average optical zoom of compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot A490 is 9.6x, and the optical zooms range from 2.7x to 63x.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to consider the Coolpix P3 (3.5x), or the Coolpix L19 (£44.85) (3.6x) both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-RX100 (£269.99) (3.6x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot A490 is 14MP. The PowerShot A490 has a quite low megapixel count (only 10 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Leica D-Lux 6 (10.1MP), the Canon IXUS 510 HS (10.1MP), or the GE C1033 (10.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The PowerShot A490 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Coolpix S9500, or the Coolpix S9400 both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10 is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Screen Size

At only 2.5 inches, the PowerShot A490 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The smallest screen size of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot A490 is 1" and the largest is 4.8".

We compared this camera to all the other 2.5" screen digital cameras and we think the Nikon Coolpix P3 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this Canon camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Kodak Pixpro FZ41 (2.7"), the Canon PowerShot A2500 (2.7"), or the Sony DSC-W620 (2.7") which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the PowerShot A490 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

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Not 3D Compatible

The PowerShot A490 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot A490 are also not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30, or the Nikon Coolpix S9500 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not have a GPS. The PowerShot A490 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to look at including the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Sony DSC-HX400V.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot A490, the PowerShot A490 is not waterproof.

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Only 150 Shots Per Battery Charge

The PowerShot A490 is a digital camera that takes 150 shots shots per battery charge.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The PowerShot A490 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Canon camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot A490. The flash modes "Flash off", "manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The PowerShot A490 has a fairly low display resolution (only 115,000 pixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

With a combined zoom of only 13 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A490 has one of the smaller combined zoom amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The smallest combined zoom of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot A490 is 3x and the biggest is 1,600x.

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Very Low Maximum Playback Zoom

Cameras of this spec and age have maximum playback zooms of between 1x and 16x, and the average maximum playback zoom is 8.8x. At only 2 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A490 has a quite low maximum playback zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras that have been around for more than two years. Across all cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot A490 the image resolution ranges from 2592 x 1944 pixels (worst) to 5152 x 3864 pixels (best).

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The PowerShot A490 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PowerShot A490 maximum video resolutions range from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Has Two Playback Modes

The PowerShot A490 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Canon camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot A490. The playback mode "single image" is also found on this camera.

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Only Has Seven White Balance Modes

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "custom modes", "daylight", "Fluorescent", "manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Canon PowerShot A490 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot A490. The image format "JPEG" is also supported by this Canon camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot A490

Released Over Six Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over six years.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A490 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot A490.

Alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, the Samsung ST90, or the Nikon Coolpix P3 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the G5WP (£49.99) (4.5x), or the G3WP (4.5x) both from GE or the Canon IXUS 500 (4.1x) which is also higher rated.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 175 grams, the PowerShot A490 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Recording
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Connection
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Custom Colour
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Mac Compatible
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
Interface
Data Compression
Operating System
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Memory Type

Expert Reviews

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The PowerShot A490 is surprisingly capable as Canon's lowest priced point-and-shoot model...

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a cheap digital camera that can take high quality images. It's a simple point-and-shoot without extensive manual features and it runs on AA batteries. We don't like its...

1 April 2010

Although most of the cameras I review are high-end models costing £200 and over, in these financially difficult times not everyone wants to spend that much money on a digital camera. It is... Read more…

30 March 2010

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...

22 March 2010

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. Read full review See all prices...

2 March 2010

The PowerShot A490 is the latest budget compact camera from Canon, and it comes with a surprising twist.It takes a lot for a digital camera to stand out these days. Things are particularly messy...

25 February 2010

On a hot-and-frying Singapore afternoon, yours truly gulped down a quick lunch with fellow writer darKHell before the two of us boarded a cab for 12A Jalan Ampas. Greeted by an unassuming...

23 February 2010

Steve's SnapShot10-Megapixel Imaging Sensor2.5-Inch LCD Screen3.3x Optical zoom lens: 37-122mm (35mm equivalent)Smart Auto modeFace DetectionAA-type Battery power sourceSD/SDHC memory card...

21 July 2014

Aparat z matryc? 10 Mp typu CCD, wy?wietlaczem 2,5 cala i zoomem optycznym 3,3xOpisSpecyfikacja i wyniki Zobacz pe?ny ranking:Aparaty cyfrowe kompaktoweOpis produktu w przygotowaniuPorównywarka...

Good clarity and colours for such an inexpensive camera, good battery life using AAs, improved button layout over the PowerShot 480
Cheap
Excellent photos for its price
Reliable Auto mode
Good image quality
Shutter button doesnt have a distinct two-step feel, highlights were overexposed
No image stabilisation, slow autofocus
Limited shooting options
No 720p video
Short battery life
14 July 2010

Mit der Canon Powershot A490 Digitalkamera erhalten Sie viel Bildqualität für wenig Geld. Vor allem bei Lichtempfindlichkeiten zwischen ISO 200 und ISO 600 läuft das Gerät zu Höchstformen...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers pshota490
Barcodes 00013803120059, 08714574545523, 08714574545547

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