Summary: When some veteran shooters consider entry-level cameras, they may dismiss such imaging tools as cheaply made and targeted toward snap-shooters. That's stinking thinking because the cameras used by old time photographers were pretty basic, but that didn't keep shooters like Cartier-Bresson and Doisneau from capturing some of the iconic images that define the golden age of photography.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot A490 / A495 is a budget compact with a 3.3x zoom lens, 10 Megapixel sensor and 2.5in screen. It retains many of the features of the A480 that it replaces, adding Canon's Intelligent Auto exposure with scene recognition, improved face detection AF and some new scene modes to a slightly redesigned body. It also supports the new SDXC memory cards whilst retaining compatibility with existing SD and SDHC cards.
Pros: Simple and elegant design., Superb image quality for the money ., Convenient power source., Some control over settings.
Cons: No optical or sensor-shift image stabilization., Slow flash recycling., Relatively small and low resolution screen., Limited zoom range.
Conclusion: You don't always get the control that you want over them, and features such as a decent HD video mode are missing, but if you're looking for a camera for occasional use, and simply want reasonable results every time you press the shutter, this is a cast-iron bargain.
Excerpt: The new Powershot A490 is Canon's newest entry-level compact digicam. This stylish camera features a 10-Megapixel imaging sensor, Digic III image processor, a 2.5-inch LCD screen and Canon's Smart Auto mode which automatically picks all the camera's settings based on the current shooting conditions. Powering the camera are two standard AA-type batteries, meaning additional power is always close, if your batteries should happen to run out of juice.
Canon PowerShot A490 review: It won't win any design awards, but it takes great photos considering its price
Good Gear Guide.au
4 October 2010
Summary: 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 shutter button, and it didn't handle highlights too well during our tests, but it can nevertheless take relatively clear and vibrant images considering its price tag.
Pros: Good clarity and colours for such an inexpensive camera, good battery life using AAs, improved button layout over the PowerShot A480
Cons: Shutter button doesn't have a distinct two-step feel, highlights were overexposed
Conclusion: Таким образом, протестированная камера Canon PowerShot A490 стала лишь легким рестайлингом модели A480, ведь настоящих отличий не так много — обновленный корпус, только слегка видоизмененное меню и три дополнительных режима просмотра миниатюр, добавлена поддержка карт памяти SDXC. С натяжкой обновлением можно считать функцию пересылки роликов YouTube, потому что для осуществления данной операции все равно нужен компьютер с доступом в Интернет.
Excerpt: La Canon PowerShot A490 è una fotocamera digitale compatta intuitiva e divertente grazie alla quale tutti possono ottenere foto perfette. Dotata di un design compatto e leggero, questa fotocamera presenta un sensore di immagine da 10 megapixel di risoluzione effettiva, uno zoom ottico 3,3x con stabilizzatore di immagine, uno zoom digitale di circa 4x, un display LCD da 2,5 pollici e una risoluzione di 115.000 pixel, il processore Digic III per tempi di reazione...
Pros: Face detection, Motion Detection, Varie modalità di scatto, Modalità Smart Auto