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: 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: 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.
Summary: I bought this camera for my parents 45 year anniversary. They absolutely love it except for the battery life. OMG, since getting them their new camera, I can't even tell you how many batteries I have had to buy for it!!! It it wasn't for the battery life, this camera takes absolutely beautiful PICS. Hate the battery use however, love the pics..
Summary: A camera in Canon's A-class that previously has been good and affordable cameras, has among other things been the A60, A70 and A470 where A470 has been a very good and affordable camera and I thought the A495 would be just as good. + AA batteries that last is good. + The camera is plasticky does not so much because it is well built. + Canon's ZoomBrowser software is very good - More megapixels but much worse optics allows still images are barely recognized.