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Canon PowerShot A490 review

Canon surprises with this sub-£100 compact camera

We tested the Canon PowerShot A490 at each ISO setting. Here are the results:

ISO 100...

iso 100

ISO 200...

ISO 200

ISO 400...

ISO 400

ISO 800...

ISO 800

ISO 1600...

ISO 1600

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedAA
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution10 Megapixel
USBYes
Product FamilyPowerShot A
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom3.3x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size6.4 cm (2.5")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)175 g
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported2
Battery Built-inNo
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedMMCplus, HC MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height61.7 mm
Width93.5 mm
Depth30.6 mm
Autofocus Points5
Product SeriesA
Focal Length6.60 mm to 21.60 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelA490
Product NamePowerShot A490 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4258B011
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Affordable, easy and fun, the PowerShot A490 uses Canon know-how to let everyone take great 10 Megapixel photos. Its compact, lightweight design slips easily into any pocket. A 10.0 Megapixel sensor gives you the detail for superb, large-scale prints, or creatively cropping shots to perfection.

Battery Life150 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot A490 Compact Camera
  • 2 x AA Alkaline Batteries
Display Resolution115000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year