Reviews Canon PowerShot A490 Sale, Canon PowerShot A490 10.0 MP Digital Camera

Reviews Canon PowerShot A490 Sale, 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)

Canon PowerShot A490

By Stacey
This review is from: Canon PowerShot A490 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD (Electronics)
Pros: light weight, easy to use, great detail in photos FOR THE PRICE. i'm comparing this to other cameras at this price, and i bought this on Amazon for $49.99, and i dont think i could have gotten a better deal. bear in mind i have only had this camera for a week so far, but i stil love it. i think it is great, i'm saving my money to buy a nice dslr, so to use this in the meantime is great, it is perfect.

Cons: there was a couple things, you do have to be extreeemely still if theres a slow shutter speed, which is typical of most cameras, but just saying, with this camera, pictures with the flash don't look as great as the ones without. another thing, it randomly turns off when i am reviewing pictures and it is at the beginning / end of the list. i thought that was really strange, and its been doing that since out of the box, not sure if i should call someone about that.

all in all, if you're short on cash and want a decent camera, this one is decent, and good for casual use. i would definitely recommend it.


By Dan
This review is from: Canon PowerShot A490 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD (Electronics)
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).


This review is from: Canon PowerShot A490 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD (Electronics)
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.

The camera's image quality varies. The image quality is much better outdoors than indoors. Outside the camera takes fairly high quality pictures. Macro shots are excellent and portraits are very great as well. The image quality indoors is still good for an entry level camera but does tend to get grainier (as expected) when there is little light. The screen displays a much grainier picture indoors than what it actually takes which turns out to be a nice surprise.

The flash indoors is essentially useless. It tends to wash everything out and overall just isn't worth having on. I'd save the battery and just hold your hand still and you should get enough light to take a decent picture.

I was very impressed with the video on the camera. This was one of the main points when it came to choosing this camera. The video isn't ready for the big screen but at 480x640, it's good enough to record events of all types. Again, the video is much better outside than inside. The camera also has no limit on how long it will record video for. If you have an 8GB card, it can record 8GB without having to record in portions. You must use the software provided to convert the raw video into a format that regular programs such as Window's Media Player, can preview them.

The modes are somewhat helpful. I tend to stay on soley auto mode which is what these entry level cameras are really made for. Action shots (outdoors) turn out surprisingly quite well!

The camera's 2.5 inch screen is big enough to preview the pictures you've taken comfortably but I would still recommend seeing them on your monitor. The camera comes with a lot of software; although, it is aimed more for beginners. The battery life isn't great with cheap batteries or the ones provided. I'd recommend going out and spending $10.00 on a double A battery charger so the hassle of constantly buying more batteries is eliminated.

Overall I am very pleased with this camera. My ratings are only applicable in comparison to other point and shoot cameras in this price range. The quality doesn't stand up to a DSLR but it makes for an amazing starter camera or a camera for an aging relative who isn't interested in all the bells and whistles!

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