Summary: My PowerShot A495 review reveals a camera that is aiming at beginning photographers, as shown by the A495's feature set and MSRP ($129.99). For the most part, Canon has succeeded, as it has created a camera that's pretty easy for beginners to use with good entry-level photography features. It works especially well for shooting photos in outdoor lighting. A below-average screen is the biggest disappointment, and the A495's will cost you a few spontaneous photos.
Pros: PowerShot A495 has nice, clean look, Startup is fast, Macro mode results are very good ... as long as flash is off, Results in outdoor lighting are outstanding, Low price is good for beginners
Cons: LCD is small and not as sharp as I'd like to see, LCD can be tough to see in bright sunlight, Movie mode could be better, A built-in "help" mode would be good for beginners, Shutter lag can be a problem in low light
Excerpt: Available in three colors (blue, red and silver), Canon PowerShot A495 takes the place of A480 in the very populated world of entry-level cameras. In this type of cameras are requested three things: resistance, ease of use and decent photos for publication on the web. These are the 3 points that we considered in our tests to investigate this A495 for which the price is around € 100 approx. Specifications: official website .
Summary: Canon's Powershot A495 is a compact, entry-level model that has been designed to be as easy to use as possible. This simple camera comes packed with features like a 10-Megapixel imaging sensor, Digic III processor, Smart Auto shooting mode and Canon's Face Detect Self-Timer; just in case you thought simple meant less. All of your framing and viewing of your images is done on the camera's 2.5-inch LCD screen.
Summary: The A495 is a decent, affordable camera. However it doesn’t offer anything vastly beyond to the A480 before it and, as this is new to the market, the price has crept up too. Saying that it offers good quality when considered pound for pound, the camera is highly responsive and accurate, which makes it a breeze to use – exactly the sort of thing you’d be looking for when purchasing a point-and-shoot compact.
Pros: Fast AF, affordable, image quality considering price
Cons: Lens not wide enough, slow buffer, screen quality
Excerpt: The Canon Powershot A495 is one of the best starter cameras you are likely to find. Picture quality is hard to beat for the price. There were no obvious weaknesses in my test shots and the Powershot A495 comfortably outperforms many more expensive digital cameras. As you would expect the features available are fairly basic, but it you want picture quality you can rely on without paying a fortune then add this camera to your shortlist.
Summary: A small, easy to use and reasonably priced camera from a maker who does lots of more expensive units both pocket and DSLR unit. Every maker has to have something at the lower end of the market both in price and functionality.
Excerpt: Announced in tandem with the A490 model - an exclusive with the Argos retail chain in the UK - is the more widely available PowerShot A495, likewise an affordable snapshot option at a manufacturer's suggested £119.99. The budget price means that there's always the sense of 'bridesmaid but never the bride' about the lower end of the PowerShot range compared with the shinier, more stylish and inevitably pricier IXUS series, among which a similar feature set can be found...
Conclusion: So, for the modest cost of the A495 you get a rather modest camera. This is in essence an "auto everything" model requiring precious little hands-on control from the user. The low price has meant a limited feature set, power coming courtesy of those two regular AAs, and a build that's plastic to the touch.
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use point and shoot operation with image quality comparable to pricier IXUS models, sharing sensors of the same dimensions
Cons: AA batteries provided don't last as long as a fully charged rechargeable lithium ion pack, plastic-y build
Excerpt: With most cameras at this price using 12-megapixel sensors, Canon deserves praise for bucking the trend with this 10-megapixel camera. That’s more than enough detail for a compact camera, and should result in less noise in low light. This model was announced in January 2010 and is only just appearing in the shops. However, other than its support for SDXC cards (for capacities over SDHC’s 32GB limit), the design seems dated.