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Canon PowerShot A490 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD
- 10.0 megapixels and 3.3x optical zoom make picture taking a snap
- Smart AUTO intelligently selects from 13 predefined shooting situations; Low Light mode enables great shots in dim lighting
- Large, clear 2.5-inch LCD
- AA battery power enables you to easily power up on the go
- Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||0.9 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||115,000|
|Effective Still Resolution||10 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus|
|Flash Modes Description||auto, manual, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 1.22 x 3.7 inches|
|Item Weight||0.39 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.0 - F5.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||122 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,648|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||37 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||10 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.06 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||2 x AA batteries (Alkaline or NiMH)|
|Video Capture Format||Motion JPEG|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
From the Manufacturer
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. 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.
Easy to use, powerful A-Series camera has 10.0 megapixels and 3.3x optical zoom
With the PowerShot A490, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. This 10.0-megapixel camera lets you create impressive large photos of family and friends you'll be proud to display. The high-resolution images taken by the PowerShot A490 can be enlarged up to 13 x 19 inches.
The PowerShot A490 also has a 3.3x Optical Zoom lens (35mm film equivalent 37-122mm) that let you capture up-close and memorable images.
Low Light mode and Smart Flash Exposure technology
With an ISO of 400-3200, the Low Light mode takes the Canon PowerShot A490 where no A-Series has gone before--into the shadows! Now even scenes notorious for having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, with less noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.
Just set the Canon PowerShot A490 to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture-taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 13 specially defined settings. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images.
Large, clear 2.5-inch LCD
The PowerShot A490's 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear and bright picture. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.
AA battery power enables you to easily power up on the go
Conveniently, you don't need to worry about running out or recharging of batteries. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's 10M Pixels
Takes nice pictures (in good light).
Fits in my hand very well.
The "Auto" mode makes it easy.
Cheap construction (to the point of damaging Canon's reputation of quality products in my opinion).
No image stabilization (but.... it is a $100 camera...)
**"Charging the flash"... This is an approx 5-10 second delay every time you want to take a picture. It may not sound like that much time, but it gets real annoying real quick.
It takes pictures. It takes nice pictures. They get a little grainy and colors get a little off at low light. But in good light, it makes good picts. But the delay between pictures, mostly from the "Charging the flash" message, is just too much of an annoyance for me. Which is a shame, because this is a decent little camera otherwise. But, it's annoying enough that I wouldn't recommend purchasing this camera (unless your patiences exceeds mine).
I had them both side-by-side and also reviewed their specs side-by-side.
o Truly a fit-in-the-pocket camera
o AA batteries and good battery life
o Good pictures in decent lighting
o Build quality not great. *VERY* light and cheap plastic. Cameras from just 2 years ago put this to shame.
o Somewhat price. Save the $10 and buy the A480 if you like this style. These camera often fluctuate $20 at a time
o The camera isn't as well made as prior Canon's in this price range - though it is up on features.
o Not so good in low-light conditions
There is no image stabilization in this camera so low-light photos will be blurry in some cases - be careful of lighting..
Overall a good beginners camera but be ready to upgrade - especially if you drop it hard.
There are a lot of minor cons listed here, but you get a lot for a $100 10MP beginners camera like this as long as you don't shoot in low-light.
- Good picture quality under most conditions in Auto mode.
- Great pictures under all conditions if you make use of the many features this camera has to offer.
- Uses AA batteries.
- Quality materials/build.
Useful features everyone should want:
- Auto, Scene-based and Program modes
- Program mode offers adjustable ISO speed (80 - 1600), white balance, color saturation, sepia tone or black and white, metering, single shot or continuous frames
- decent video with reasonably high definition
- Normal focus range, plus infinity and macro
- Exposure control +/- 2 stops
- Playback mode while camera is off and lens is retracted
- better than average flash includes slow synchro mode and has adjustable flash exposure
Cons (no fault with this particular camera - these are general observations):
- Short battery life if flash is used often with standard alakalines.
(No problem. Buy a four-pack of Powerex 2700 rechargeables. I've been using them for years. Each charge lasts the equivalent of 3-4 pairs of throw-aways! And in a pinch, where CAN'T you buy standard AAs?)
- Could benefit from better ergo design.
(Why do manufactures pay such minimal attention to grip-ability of small electronics? Of course, if they made things too grip-able, we'd rarely drop them, and they'd sell less replacements...)
Anyway, ignore negative reviews written by the impatient and the uninformed. This is a fine, feature-packed compact camera, and it's easy to recommend at under $100.
a digital camera before. My mother-in-law has had no problem adjusting to using this camera, and has stopped buying the disposable cameras. It has been very simple to use. The picture quality exceeds my expectations for the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this camera for 4 years, definintley a good camera, I have failed to see anything bad happen with it, the only thing is a 1/4 inch crack that I did, really good focus,... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Liam
Purchased for a friend. Takes Great pics and has other good featuresPublished 8 months ago by Joseph D.
LOVED this camera. It was cute, tiny, and took amazing pictures.Published 10 months ago by Gloomyblue
a few surface scratches, but I was happy to find this. I needed an exact replica of what I previously had to ensure the person I bought it for would know how to use it.Published 12 months ago by Cherish Frank
We use this camera all the time, plug it into your computer via USB and get your photos on your laptop or PC.
We have not issues with this little camera.
I actually bought this camera YEARS ago and it still works! Great camera for the price! I now have a newer model.Published 16 months ago by Mardi