This review is devoted to PowerShot A490 that Canon has first introduced to the public in Jan 05, 2010. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #460 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #982 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot A490 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot A490. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.
Canon PowerShot A490 has the following external dimensions 94 x 94 x 31 mm (37.01 x 24.41 x 12.2″) with the weight of 175 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. Thus, we can see that Canon PowerShot A490’s weight is about the same as the average indicator.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot A490 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 31mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot A490 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot A490 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot A490 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot A490 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot A490 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Canon PowerShot A490 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.
The base of Canon PowerShot A490 has the following ISO range 80 - 1600 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Canon PowerShot A490. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Canon PowerShot A490 features a 10.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Canon PowerShot A490 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot A490 with other standard sensor sizes.
Canon PowerShot A490 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 115k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot A490 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, PowerShot A490 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot A490, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot A490 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.
Canon PowerShot A490 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect PowerShot A490 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot A490’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot A490’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot A490 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A490 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A490 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A490 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 1. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A490 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A490 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 4. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A490 can be called a 4 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A490 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 14. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A490 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A490 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 19. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A490 can be called a 19 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Jan 05, 2010|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||115k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Slow Sync|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||10.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3648 x 2736|
|Max Native ISO||1,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||5|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||640 x 480|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||94 x 62 x 31 mm|
|Battery Model||2 x AA|
|Storage Type||SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus|