Summary: I was using this camera today, and realized that I had a few things to say about it, even though I purchased it a few years ago. The camera itself is lightweight and easy to use. The batteries are the problem. This camera drains batteries (AA's) like nobody's business. I've used it for international travel and local activities and get SO frustrated. I always have a number of back-up batteries in case the camera tells me to "change the batteries".
Summary: Picture quality is good, nice features, but battery life really sucks on this camera. Not using any flash I get about 20 pictures before battery change alarm comes on. Using flash I get about 8 to 10 pictures. If I knew this I'd have got a different camera with similar features.
Summary: Despite warnings from other reviewers regarding short battery life, I purchased this high-quality little camera and let my granddaughter use it on a day's outing. She took a lot of pictures, many many with flash, and the battery lasted all day. I have since used it on a quick trip to from Ohio to California and back. During all this time I have replaced the batteries once, which I think is reasonable for this type of camera.
Summary: Bought this on a lightning deal not too long ago and so far I like it. I need accurate color and close up detail for posting photos in ebay. I show a photo at the top of this page of a watch face to show how a close up looks which I'm impressed. Didn't have to set in macro mode, and just 2 inches away the camera took a great photo. November update: Changing the stars to two from four. Something is wrong with the battery compartment.
Comparing A495 picture quality with my four years old Fuji F20
Fountain Pens R Us, Amazon
24 May 2011
Summary: I was looking for a low cost compact camera within the same price range as my 4 years old Fuji F20 ($90). I have had some three DSLRs (by the way two of them are made by Canon) and many more point and shoot cameras. I expected to buy a camera that can provide a better picture quality and be within a similar price range as my 4-5 years old budget camera. After reading quite a few good reviews on various sites, I decided to purchase a Canon A495.
Summary: I ordered this camera from reviews and the good price. This particular camera would go out of focus when the button to take the picture was pushed. I had someone else who was camera aware check it out and they experienced the same problem. I have returned the camera and hope to find a better choice.
Summary: I lost my old camera and I just wanted a point-and-shoot camera so I could take pictures of me and my friends, my family, and my little nephew. This camera does that but there are many thing I do not like about it. It shuts off everytime after I review my pictures. Everytime you take a take a picture you have to wait like 6 seconds afterwards because it says it is charging the flash. It takes AA batteries, so you cant just plug it into a charger.
Summary: We have always liked canon powershots... but this one is not on par with the other models we've used. We're returning it to get a more expensive model, but one that takes quality pictures. if the lighting isn't perfect, or if there is movement, the pictures come out blurry.
Summary: This is as low on the quality scale as I've ever seen from Canon. The A495 feels and looks very cheap and flimsy. This would be forgiven if it took good quality photographs, but it doesn't. Even if I used a tripod so the camera was dead still, the images weren't sharp. I can tolerate many things in a camera, but blurry and soft images isn't one of them. Don't buy this camera.