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Canon PowerShot A490 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD

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  • 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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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Video Capability
  • Mac Compatible

Read about our customers' top-rated cameras on our review page: Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 1.2 x 2.4 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0032JRRXO
  • Item model number: A490
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,450 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 5, 2010

Product Description

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.

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10-megapixel resolution
Canon PowerShot A490 Highlights

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.

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Low Light mode in action
Smart AUTO will do the work for you by intelligently selecting the proper settings for the 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.

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Smart Flash exposure
Smart Flash Exposure is a technology that can produce excellent flash exposures across a wide range of conditions, and helps ensure against over- or under-exposed images. The detail and color of your photo remain intact and truer to life even in challenging lighting.
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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.

Product Description

Canon PowerShot A490 Point & Shoot Digital Camera - 10 Megapixel - 2.50" Active Matrix TFT Color LCD - Silver 4258B001 Digital Cameras

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I use this camera all of the time. It is compact and produces great photos, it is easy to upload photos onto my computer. I highly recommend it to anyone. Read more ›
Every thing is fine, for a point and shoot cam. Photo quality is excellent. Good light sensitivity (can take indoor pics with confident). Read more ›
I had purchased less expensive one ($50 +/-), but the picture quality was terrible. The camera is well built and the photos are fantastic. Read more ›
The pictures are very clear, as expected from Canon. This is my 4th Canon digital camera (A60, S600, S1000, and now A490) I haven't yet taken any night pictures, so I can't… Read more ›
I purchased this camera as a goldbox offer and love it for the most part. The picture quality is good enough for an amateur or for family use. I partnered it up with… Read more ›
I swear like a truck driver every time I…it takes HORRIBLE pictures unless the object you are taking a picture of is perfectly still... my 3 kids are not that subject.. Read more ›
I use it for general occasional use. It's easy to operate and it takes a decent picture. Read more ›
Awesome for 40 dollars cant complain my mom needed a new camera she lost so i bought her a new one but worked awesome for everyday use Read more ›
i needed a cheap camera and after doing research on amazon i found this and really like it. it is easy to use and takes good pics. i have had a few fuzzy ones but for the… Read more ›
This camera is among the best I've owned, especially considering the price. The pictures are bright and clear and the camera is easy to use. I highly recommend it. Read more ›
It is what it is, a Canon low end camera that is as simple to use as it gets. Perfect for the novice and worth the price. Read more ›
I bought this camera as an extra - very easy to use and the pictures are great. I like the fact that it runs on batteries. Read more ›
Bought this as a gift and the value was incredible :) :) Read more ›
It is acceptable quality camera but still not as good as other canon compact range cameras But not bad for a good cheap price Read more ›
The UI is simple enough, however Canon still added those scene modes which I find are completely unnecessary Great value - the quality is very good for the price Read more ›
Got a great price on the camera, but within 4 months, it won't keep the date correctly; constantly needs to be reset & then doesn't count it correctly when it does hold for… Read more ›
My brother has this camera, and so when I found it for such a good price on amazon I went ahead and bought it. This isn't a fancy camera, so don't expect it to be. Read more ›
I held off on writing a product review until I learned all the features and got comfortable…I can confidently say this camera is a great value in a reasonable price range. Read more ›
But I got what I paid for. If I wanted a camera with the image stabilizer and good videos then I would have gotten a better camera. I wish I got a better camera, but for… Read more ›
Sharp photos. GREAT video recording, too!! WOW marvelous!!!! Read more ›
The Canon A490 has been a pleasure to get to use. For a camera under $90.00, the image quality is good and the video quality holds its own as well. Read more ›
I bought this camera elsewhere (Walmart) for $79.00; it is easy…It takes good video with sound, and upon playback on the camera itself you can hear the sound quite clearly! Read more ›
I was very impressed with the video on the camera. This was one of the main points when it came to choosing this camera. Read more ›
-Good price -Battery life is decent -nice physical design and sleek Read more ›
The…The AA battery IS a nice feature--these are available even on the Moon it would seem, so you can always keep a spare set of AA's to make sure your camera is functional. Read more ›
UPDATE 27.06.2011: I've used 2pcs 2700mah rechargeables with this camera, and total amount of pictures taken equals to 430 shots, including…So, battery life is excellent! Read more ›
It's perfect for her - easy to use, pretty intuitive,…We'll be taking it on our beach vacation in a few days, so that will be a good test of battery life and durability. Read more ›
o Truly a fit-in-the-pocket camera o AA batteries and good battery life o Good pictures in decent lighting Read more ›
I do not beleieve there are that many cameras who are made to withstand falls. The zoom feature is great and I love the picture quality. It only takes about 20-30 mins to… Read more ›
The controls seem about as good as most other cameras; the 5-position control switch is tactile and somewhat recessed to reduce inadvertent operation, and the zoom works… Read more ›
when the flash button was off and I forgot to turn it on. I love the results, so all's well on that front-clear pictures, good quality and nice zoom. I got it on a special… Read more ›
While the view screen is convenient enough, I was taking pictures of goats in a pen at a farm and the way the sun was reflecting, I couldn't see that the camera was… Read more ›
I take it with me everywhere, so I am able to capture the memories :) Pictures come out quite nice & it's a good size screen too. Very happy with my purchase. Read more ›
I…Setting the camera features using the menu was pretty straightforward, even with no manual in hand, but I have set up quite a few digital cameras, so I had an advantage. Read more ›
It's overall a good camera with good and bad features. Read more ›
Low cost NDVI camera. Easy to convert but I suspect the autofocus was semi functional before I purchased it. Inexpensive and fairly priced as other sellers have taken… Read more ›
It has one interesting feature that can be turned on -- it enlarges the focus zone when the shutter is partially depressed, so you can better see how good the focus is, and… Read more ›
If you're looking for a very basic, under $100 camera with awful zoom but…If you've got a newer iPhone, especially one with video, invest in a decent case with a strap. Y… Read more ›
This camera is thinner and flat across, and it won't be long before I drop it. Better have a solid carrying case too. Read more ›
The max on previous canon cameras I had was around 4GB, so I (with the nifty sd adapter trick) have 4 times as much storage space and…This superbly fits in with micro_sd. Read more ›
This one is compact, fits nicely in a pocket or purse, and takes a great picture-especially for the average photographer or one who doesn't need anything more than an… Read more ›
Rechargeable batteries. Durable. magnificent size. Totally rocks. Read more ›
The…I like the camera size, pictures are wonderful and instructions clear since this is my first digital camera and I am learning how to use it to the best advantage. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Dan on June 5, 2010
I have to say this before anything else - this is a $100 camera. You get what you pay for.

The good:
It's 10M Pixels
It's $100.
Takes nice pictures (in good light).
AA batteries.
Fits in my hand very well.
The "Auto" mode makes it easy.

The bad:
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.

Bottom line:
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).
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108 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Dupre on April 4, 2010
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I wrote a review on the little brother model A480 - a good camera (if used with ample lighting). If you look at the specs carefully, there is really nothing to distinguish this camera (A490) from the A480 to a novice or beginner.

I had them both side-by-side and also reviewed their specs side-by-side.

Pros
o Truly a fit-in-the-pocket camera
o AA batteries and good battery life
o Good pictures in decent lighting

Cons
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.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Te - Saw on September 25, 2010
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I bought this camera several weeks ago after my six year old Pentax Optio 30 was accidentally damaged. I held off on writing a product review until I learned all the features and got comfortable with navigating the menus. I can confidently say this camera is a great value in a reasonable price range.

Pros:
- 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.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Maria Resurreccion on April 4, 2010
I just read the 1 review for this camera and it isn't really a review. They complained that there was no memory card and then doesn't even describe the performance of this camera. I just bought this camera and it is so easy to use, it also has great picture quality. When you are not using it then it automatically powers off saving the life of the battery. This is a great deal and I haven't seen many cameras come with a memory card unless it is being sold in a bundle or an online special. You can't rate the quality of a product by what accessories it didn't come with.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nick Holls on May 26, 2010
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I ordered this camera as a gift for my mother-in-law. She loves to take pictures but still uses the disposable cameras. This camera here is ideal for someone who has never used
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.
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