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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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Canon Powershot A490 Review - Part 1 of 2
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15 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.

Canon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Canon digital cameras and also specifically for Canon compact camera digital cameras and found that in both cases Canon had good ratings.

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”.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of this age and type. 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.

Alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, or the GE J1250.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an mmc|sd|sdhc memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Canon digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-W800 ($88.00) (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and higher rated)|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The PowerShot A490 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot A490.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support video recording currently available including the Coolpix L120 ($299.50), or the Coolpix L23 both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-HX10 which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PowerShot A490 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot A490.

Other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), the Casio Exilim EX-H50, or the GE A1455 which has better reviews.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of only 0.01 meters, the PowerShot A490 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot A490. The smallest closest focusing distance of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.01m and the largest is 30m.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon PowerShot A490 is more than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of this type and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "custom modes", "daylight", "Fluorescent", "manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Two Supported Batteries

The PowerShot A490 is a two supported battery digital 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 more than two years ago. This Canon camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on cameras that have been around for around the same time as 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 cameras that are a similar age to it. Most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Canon digital camera have still image resolutions of 1600 x 1200, 2272 x 1704 and 2816 x 2112 and 3648 x 2048. The still image resolution of all digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot A490 ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Narrow

At only 93.5 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot A490 is quite narrow compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot A490. Across all the digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the widths range from 22mm to 470mm.

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20 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on ten expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar and betabuzz.de the average expert rating of this camera is 69 out of 100.

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.

Very Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot A490 is 2x and the biggest is 50x. The PowerShot A490 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 3.3 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Coolpix P3 (3.5x), or the Coolpix L19 (3.6x) both from Nikon or the Sony DSC-RX100 ($397.99) (3.6x) which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Canon PowerShot A490 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot A490 do have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have an image stabiliser that you might want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), or the GE G3WP.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot A490 have megapixel counts of between 0.3MP and 46MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP. With a megapixel count of only 10 megapixels, the PowerShot A490 has one of the lower megapixel counts amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Canon IXUS 510 HS (10.1MP), the Leica D-Lux 6 ($79.00) (10.1MP), or the GE C1033 (10.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago do not support Full HD video. The PowerShot A490 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, the Olympus Stylus SH-50, or the GE G100 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot A490 do not support WiFi connectivity. The PowerShot A490 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might want to consider include the ST200, the WB200F ($204.97), or the ST200F all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot A490 is 1" and the largest is 4.8". The Canon PowerShot A490 has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 2.5 inches) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

There are a number of alternative 2.5" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix P3 which has better reviews.

If this camera screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the DSC-W570 ($116.49) (2.7"), or the DSC-W810 ($99.99) (2.7") both from Sony or the Kodak Pixpro FZ41 ($93.49) (2.7") which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The PowerShot A490 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other cameras of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 ($375.99), or the Nikon Coolpix P7700.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The PowerShot A490 does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of this type and age also do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Samsung ST200, the Canon IXUS 140, or the Nikon Coolpix P520 which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot A490, the PowerShot A490 is not waterproof.

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Only 150 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot A490 take between 30 and 889 shots per battery charge, including the PowerShot A490 which takes 150 shots per battery charge.

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Very Low Display Resolution

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot A490 the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels. The PowerShot A490 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 115,000 pixels) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The PowerShot A490 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on cameras of this age and spec. The flash modes "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

With a combined zoom of only 13 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A490 has a quite small combined zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot A490. Compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot A490 have combined zoom of between 3x and 1,600x.

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Very Low Maximum Playback Zoom

Compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot A490 have maximum playback zooms of between 1x and 16x, and the average maximum playback zoom is 8.9x. With a maximum playback zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A490 has a fairly low maximum playback zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot A490.

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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 of a comparable spec and age to it. Most similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all digital cameras of this age and type is 5152 x 3864 pixels and the worst is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

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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 frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The video resolution of all digital cameras of this age and spec ranges from 320 x 240 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The PowerShot A490 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Canon digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by 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 Seven Years Ago

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

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A490 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot A490.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix L120 ($299.50), the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Samsung ST90 which has better reviews.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the G3WP (4.5x), or the G5WP (4.5x) both from GE or the Canon IXUS 500 (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 175 grams, the Canon PowerShot A490 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
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
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Connection
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
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
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Interface
Data Compression
Operating System
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
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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Barcodes 00013803120059, 08714574545523, 08714574545547
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