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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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14 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”.

Good Brand

We checked 19,820 user and expert reviews for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has good reviews. We also found that Canon has good reviews specifically within its compact cameras range.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. 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 cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Samsung 90[plb_1216_price], or the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_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 similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as 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 consider the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Sony DSC-H400[plb_2169604_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The PowerShot A490 supports video capability. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot A490 do not support video capability.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], or the Canon IXUS 130[plb_1644860_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other 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 because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Olympus VR-350[plb_1835931_price], or the GE C1433[plb_1772802_price].

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot A490 is 0.039m. 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 digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Seven White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the PowerShot A490 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Canon digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot A490. The white balances "Cloudy", "custom modes", "daylight", "Fluorescent", "manual" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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Two Number of Batteries Supporteds

The PowerShot A490 is a two number of batteries supported camera. Most of the other cameras of this type and age have between one and three number of batteries supporteds.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The PowerShot A490 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Canon PowerShot A490 is more than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Canon camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess centre weighted auto focus, continuous auto focus and single auto focus are also featured on this Canon digital 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 on the market for a similar time to it.

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19 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Ten experts from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar and betabuzz.de have rated this Canon digital camera on average 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 similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PowerShot A490 is 3x, the biggest is 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x. At only 3.3 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A490 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot A490.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Coolpix P3[pl_2003_price] (3.5x and higher rated), or the Coolpix L19[pl_1637108_price] (3.6x and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Sony DSCQX100/B[plb_1609776_price] (3.6x and higher rated).

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Quite Low Megapixel

The lowest megapixel of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot A490 is 0.3MP and the highest is 46MP. The Canon PowerShot A490 has a fairly low megapixel (only 10 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot A490.

If you want a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Powershot S200[pl_2175840_price] (10.1MP and higher rated), or the IXUS 510 HS[pl_408144_price] (10.1MP and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Canon PowerShot A490 does not have an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot A490 do have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other cameras which also have an image stabilizer to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video[plb_1829794_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. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot A490 also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price], or the Sony KHX20BBGSFDI[plb_1543754_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot A490 the display diagonals range from 1" to 4.8". With a display diagonal of only 2.5 inches, the Canon PowerShot A490 has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 2.5" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P3[plb_2003_price].

If you would prefer a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the DSC-W830[pl_3766520_price] (2.7"), the DSC-W810[pl_2109582_price] (2.7"), or the DSC-WX60[pl_1621814_price] (2.7") all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot A490, the PowerShot A490 does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi including the ST200[pl_378406_price], the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The PowerShot A490 is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot A490 are also not 3D.

If you want a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Vivitar T135[plb_1838910_price], or the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The PowerShot A490 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The PowerShot A490 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age are also not waterproof.

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Only 150 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot A490 take between 110 and 949 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the PowerShot A490 which takes 150 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The PowerShot A490 has a quite low display resolution (numeric) (only 115,000 pixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. The display resolution (numeric)s of cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PowerShot A490 range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a quite small combined zoom (only 13 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot A490. Comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot A490 have combined zooms of between 3x and 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the PowerShot A490 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot A490. The flash modess "Flash off", "manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Canon digital camera.

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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 spec. Compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot A490 have playback zoom (max)s of between 1x and 16x.

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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 compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. Most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot A490 the best image resolution 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 common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The worst video resolution of all compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot A490 is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot A490

Released Over Seven Years Ago

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

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A490 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot A490.

Alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P3[pl_2003_price], or the Coolpix 5900[pl_2162_price] both from Nikon or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price].

If this Canon digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the G3WP[pl_1772968_price] (4.5x), or the G5WP[pl_1772971_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 pretty standard weight compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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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
Audio
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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