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Canon PowerShot A490
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Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera

10MP 3.3x CCD 4x Feb 2010
Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
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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15 Reasons For

Good Quality Pictures

Some Canon PowerShot A490 reviewers who reviewed it wrote that it was able to produce good images.

Good Size

A number of Canon PowerShot A490 owners said in their reviews that it was compact. Expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au said in their Canon PowerShot A490 review “While it may be a very basic point-and-shoot compact digital camera, Canon's PowerShot A490 can take clear” and gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100. Vr-Zone.com mentioned 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”.

Canon Cameras Have Good Reviews

Canon is one of the superior camera brands according to average expert and user reviews, and Canon also has good reviews for its compact cameras.

Good Product Quality

Several Canon PowerShot A490 owners who reviewed the Canon PowerShot A490 said that it was good quality. Seven years ago Steves-Digicams.com said on 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” in their review of this digital camera.

Reasonably Priced

A few Canon PowerShot A490 owners thought the product was cheap. Cnet.com mentioned in their Canon PowerShot A490 review on CNET.com “The Canon PowerShot A490 is a very good choice for anyone on a tight budget who still wants excellent photo quality” and scored it 4 stars. Seven years ago expert review site Techradar.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their review of the Canon PowerShot A490 “The PowerShot A490 is the latest budget compact camera from Canon”.

A number of Canon PowerShot A490 owners who bought it agreed that it was good value for money. Seven years ago Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “Vibrant photos that are very impressive considering its low price”. Expert review site Digitalcamerareview.com said in their Canon PowerShot A490 review “The PowerShot A490 is surprisingly capable as Canon's lowest priced point-and-shoot model”.

One Canon PowerShot A490 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was a bargain for the price. Expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au wrote in their review of the Canon PowerShot A490 seven years ago “The Canon PowerShot A490 is a cheap digital camera that can take high quality images” .

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CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras that have been available for around the same time as 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 think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Coolpix 5900[pl_2162_price], or the 28[pl_1877145_price] both from Nikon or the Olympus VR-350[plb_1835931_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an mmc|sd|sdhc|sdxc compatible memory cards, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you would prefer a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Nikon Coolpix S9600[plb_2196636_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The PowerShot A490 supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do not support video capability.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Sony DSC-HX20B[plb_1543754_price], and the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] 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 cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot A490, the Canon PowerShot A490 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video[plb_1829794_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix AX600[plb_1735654_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of digital cameras of this age and type is 0.04m. The PowerShot A490 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Has Seven White Balances

The PowerShot A490 has a greater number of white balance modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras of this age and type. The white balances "Cloudy", "custom modes", "daylight", "Fluorescent", "manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Two Number of Batteries Supporteds

Most cameras of this spec and age have between one and three number of batteries supporteds, including the Canon PowerShot A490 which has two number of batteries supporteds.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Canon PowerShot A490 is more than most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Canon camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras of this type and age. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PowerShot A490 is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess centre weighted auto focus, continuous auto focus and single auto focus are also featured on this Canon camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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20 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Based on ten expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar and betabuzz.de this Canon digital camera has an average expert rating of 69 out of 100.

Poor Support

One Canon PowerShot A490 owner who bought it thought it did not have good technical guidance.

Inferior Technical Features

One Canon PowerShot A490 owner wrote that it did not have good features. Seven years ago expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au wrote “It's a simple point-and-shoot without extensive manual features and it runs on AA batteries” in their Canon PowerShot A490 review.

Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 3.3 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A490 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Across all the compact cameras that were released more than two years ago the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

If you would prefer a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Coolpix P3[pl_2003_price] (3.5x), or the Coolpix L19[pl_1637108_price] (3.6x) both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-RX100M2[plb_1610616_price] (3.6x) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The megapixels of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot A490 range from 0.3MP to 46MP. With a megapixel of only 10 megapixels, the Canon PowerShot A490 has a fairly low megapixel compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If you want a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Nikon 25[plb_1676851_price] (10.1MP and higher rated), the GE C1033[plb_1772798_price] (10.1MP and higher rated), or the Canon IXUS 510 HS[plb_408144_price] (10.1MP and higher rated).

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The PowerShot A490 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot A490 do have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic DMC-FS40EF-Y[plb_1786919_price], or the GE C1033[plb_1772798_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Canon PowerShot A490 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

Other cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.5 inches) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The display diagonals of compact cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot A490 range from 1" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.8".

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.5" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P3[plb_2003_price].

If this compact camera digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-W830[plb_3766520_price] (2.7"), or the Canon IXUS 130[plb_1644860_price] (2.7") which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Canon PowerShot A490 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot A490 also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], the Canon N100[plb_2118439_price], or the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Canon PowerShot A490 is not 3D. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot A490 are also not 3D.

If you want a camera that is 3D then you might also want to look at the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41[plb_2149949_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot A490 do not have a GPS (satellite). The PowerShot A490 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to consider including the DMC-TZ30[pl_1847857_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ41[pl_2149949_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Canon PowerShot A490 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age are also not waterproof.

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Only 150 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The PowerShot A490 is a digital camera that takes 150 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

Cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot A490 have display resolution (numeric)s of between 1 pixels and 16,000,000 pixels. The PowerShot A490 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 115,000 pixels) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

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

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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 zooms amongst compact cameras of this age. The average combined zoom of compact cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot A490 is 40x, and the combined zooms range from 3x to 290x.

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Very Low Playback Zoom (max)

The PowerShot A490 has a fairly low playback zoom (max) (only 2 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. The lowest playback zoom (max) of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot A490 is 1x, the highest is 16x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 9.3x.

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Only 3648 X 2736 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The PowerShot A490 has a 3648 x 2736 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most compact cameras that are a similar age to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot A490 maximum image resolutions range 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 highest video resolution of the PowerShot A490 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Across all cameras of this age and type the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Only Features Two Light Meterings

The PowerShot A490 has a greater number of light metering modes than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera features an Spot light metering, which is the most commonly featured light metering featured on compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. The light metering "Centre-weighted" is also featured on this camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot A490

Released Over Seven Years Ago

This Canon camera was released over seven years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A490 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot A490.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P3[pl_2003_price], and the Coolpix 5900[pl_2162_price] both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the G5WP[pl_1772971_price] (4.5x), or the G3WP[pl_1772968_price] (4.5x) both from GE or the Canon 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 175 grams, the Canon PowerShot A490 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PowerShot A490.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
Light Metering
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Custom Colour
Camera Playback
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Compatibility
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Interface
Data Compression
Compatible Operating Systems
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Camera Shutter Speed
Memory Type
Digital SLR

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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