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Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera - A490

Abt Model: A490 | UPC Code: 013803120059
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2.5 " Screen Size/ 4x Digital Zoom/ Easy To USe/ Smart Auto/ Low Light Mode/ Uses 2 AA Batteries/ Silver Finish
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Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera - A490

Spark Your Imagination. With its streamlined silhouette and smoothly-curved edges, the Canon PowerShot A490 has the compact sophistication and relaxed simplicity that make it a natural for beginners and everyone else who craves style and convenience. The 10.0 Megapixel resolution and 3.3x Optical Zoom make it easy to capture the action in dazzling color and brilliant detail. The DIGIC III Image Processor keeps it all looking sharp. A bright, bold 2.5-inch LCD makes shooting and playback a genuine pleasure.

Features:

  • Easy to use, powerful A-Series camera has 10.0 Megapixel and 3.3x Optical Zoom makes picture taking a snap!
  • Smart AUTO will do the work for you by intelligently selecting the proper settings for the camera based on 13 predefined shooting situations.
  • Low Light mode enables great shots in dimly lit situations, while Smart Flash Exposure technology enables the user to balance the flash to avoid over or under exposure.
  • Large, clear 2.5-inch LCD makes taking and viewing images a breeze.
  • This AA battery-powered camera enables you to easily power up on the go!

Specifications:

  • Type Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3.3x Optical/Approx. 4x Digital/Approx. 13x Combined Zoom
  • Type 10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
  • Total Pixels Approx. 10.3 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 Megapixels
  • Focal Length 6.6 (W) - 21.6 (T)mm - 35mm (film equivalent: 37 - 122mm)
  • Digital Zoom Approx. 4x
  • Focusing Range Normal: 2 in. (5 cm) - infinity (W), 9.8 in. (25 cm) - infinity (T)
    • Macro: 0.4 in - 1.6 ft. (W), 9.8 in. - 1.6 ft. (T) (1 - 50 cm (W), 25 - 50 (T))
  • Autofocus System TTL Autofocus
  • LCD Monitor 2.5-inch type
  • LCD Pixels Approx. 115,000 dots
  • LCD Coverage Approx. 100%
  • Maximum Aperture f/3.0 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
  • Shutter Speed 1 - 1/2000 sec.15 - 1/2000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
    • Shutter speeds differ depending on the shooting mode.
    • Shutter speed available in Long Shutter: 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1 (Unit: sec.)
  • Sensitivity Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 (Standard Output Sensitivity. Recommended Exposure Index)
  • Light Metering Method Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
  • Exposure Control Method Program AE; AE Lock
  • Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
  • White Balance Control Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
  • Built-in Flash Auto, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Shutter Sync: 1st curtain, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Smart Flash Exposure
  • Flash Range 12 in. - 9.8 ft (W), 12 in. - 6.6 ft. (T) (30 cm - 3.0 m (W), 30 cm - 2.0 (T))
  • Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.0 V)
  • Shooting Modes Auto, P, Special Scene (Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Sunset, Fireworks, Long Shutter), Movie
  • Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color
  • Self Timer Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2.sec. delay/custom
  • Continuous Shooting Approx. 0.9 shot/sec. approx. 2.5 shots/sec. in Low Light)
  • Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
  • File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
  • JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG) Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
  • Number of Recording Pixels Still Image: 3648 x 2736 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 2272 x 1704 (Medium 2), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3648 x 2048 (Widescreen) Movie: Standard Definition: 640 x 480 (30 (29.97) fps/30 (29.97) fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 (29.97) fps)
  • Playback Modes File Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Resume, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Resize, Rotate, Jump, Slide Show, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning Movie: Normal Playback*, Slow Motion**, Pause, First Frame, Last Frame, Next Frame, Previous Frame, Fast Forward, Fast Rewind.
  • Erase Modes Still Image: single image, all images Movie: any movie file one at a time.
  • Computer Interface Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (mini-B jack)
  • Video Out NTSC/PAL
  • Audio Out Monaural
  • Other Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
  • Power Supply 1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2) 2. AA NiMH batteries (NB-3AH) (x2) 3. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS800 (available accessory)Still Image: approx. 150 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 400 shots (AA-size NiMH Battery (NB-3AH)) * Approx. 8 hours. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 10 hours (AA-size NiMH Battery) * LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.
  • Power Source 1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2) 2. AA NiMH batteries (NB-3AH) (x2) 3. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS800 (available accessory)
  • Shooting Capacity (BP-511) Still Image: approx. 150 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 400 shots (AA-size NiMH Battery (NB-3AH))
  • Playback Time (BP-511/512) Approx. 8 hours. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 10 hours (AA-size NiMH Battery)
  • Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C0 - 35°C/ 32 - 95°F when NB-3AH is used
  • Operating Humidity 10-90%

What's In The Box:

  • PowerShot A490 Body
  • AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-DC300

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 6 lbs
  • Shipping: 7 lbs

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Depth: 1.20"
  • Height: 2.43"
  • Width: 3.68"

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts And Labor
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TypePoint And Shoot
Effective Pixels10 Megapixels
Records VideoNo
Records HD VideoNo
Height (inches)2.43"
Width (inches)3.68"
Depth (inches)1.2"
Optical Zoom3.3x
Digital Zoom4x
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Length6.6 (W) - 21.6 (T)mm - 35mm
Focus ModesNormal, Macro
Image StabilizationNo
LCD Screen Size (inches)2.5"
LCD TypeLCD
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer DelayApprox. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2.sec. delay/custom
Shutter Speed1 - 1/2000 sec.15 - 1/2000 sec.
Storage MediaSD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus
Power SourceAA-size Alkaline Battery
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent,
  

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Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera
 
4.0

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

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    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Lightweight/portable (10)
  • Excellent image quality (9)
  • Simple controls/menu (9)
  • Nice features/settings (8)

Cons

  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

PowerShot A490

A490, bought yesterday(9 April 2010) replaced an A480. Have found this little camera to do all it's desighned to do. And does it smoothly. It is a bit easier to use...Read complete review

A490, bought yesterday(9 April 2010) replaced an A480. Have found this little camera to do all it's desighned to do. And does it smoothly. It is a bit easier to use than the 480 as control markings are easier to see. The initial set-up process is simple and straightforward. The AUTO feature for stills and movies does not not leave anything to be desired. Set it - forget it! Great little instrument!

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Beware of a design flaw!

This is a update to my earlier review on this camera I just noticed this a few months ago and it got worse Over time,the battery cover can take stress and bend during use...Read complete review

This is a update to my earlier review on this camera I just noticed this a few months ago and it got worse Over time,the battery cover can take stress and bend during use and batteries over the life of it and cost you that one shot But,besides that,it was nice before this happened and now i have a T2i and i am more then happy with that Simply put,i think i officially lost trust in this camera model and will not suggest it anymore This will not be taken lightly and needs attention

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5.0

Quick fast Photos

By 

from Undisclosed

Comments about Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera:

I have own Power Shots from the start. Sx160IS is one of the best for the moment that you can not wait to set up that shot. In auto mode, simply have push the shutter button and give it 2 seconds and your camera is ready to shoot. Many of my Great Friends now use a quick shot of some kind. Cannos is the best.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Versatile compact Camera

By 

from Orlando

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent Image Quality
  • Good battery life
  • good low-light performance
  • lightweight/portable
  • Simple controls/menu

Cons

  • Dim LCD

Best Uses

    Comments about Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera:

    The A490 uses AA batteries, which it you buy rechargeable NIMN last a long time. Using regular akaline batteries is not a good idea. On a recent trip a set of NIMN batteries allowed over 100 shots plus about 30 min of video and they still had a charge. The LCD dispay is impossible to see in bright Sun as in Las Vegas or in Florida, but that is true for most cameras with LCD. This camera has no viewfinder so that can be a bit of a problem in bright Sun. The pics are as good as several of my other Canon cameras and it is lightweight easy to carry in you pocket.

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    2.0

    Waste of money

    By 

    from NJ

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Simple controls/menu

    Cons

    • non existant battery life!!
    • Poor image quality
    • Short battery life

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera:

      This camera overall is a waste of money. The battery life is non existant. I have had this camera for 8 months and I dread using it. I have changed the batteries at least 3 times in one day alone & that's only after taking a few pictures at a time. The camera always says it is charging the flash. Maybe if it wasn't charging the flash so much I wouldn't go through so many batteries. My advice to anyone who is looking for a camera is to stay clear from this one....it's horrible.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Beware of a design flaw!

      By 

      from NOYB

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Excellent Image Quality
      • lightweight/portable
      • Simple controls/menu

      Cons

      • battery cover design flaw
      • Short battery life

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera:

        This is a update to my earlier review on this camera I just noticed this a few months ago and it got worse Over time,the battery cover can take stress and bend during use and batteries over the life of it and cost you that one shot But,besides that,it was nice before this happened and now i have a T2i and i am more then happy with that Simply put,i think i officially lost trust in this camera model and will not suggest it anymore This will not be taken lightly and needs attention

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Terrible Gift

        By 

        from Undisclosed

        Pros

          Cons

          • everything with or about the lense

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera:

            I got this camera from my aunt during christmas and it worked perfectly fine. Toward spring break the in the lense was this black dot that grew as it gets closer to summer. During a recent summer vacation, the lense just stopped working, then it flashed back on a few turn offs later. about a few days later, the camera shut off lense/ cover would not retract. After taking the battery out and puutted it back in, the inside lense would not take any pictures. By the way, the came is currently in perfect condition... Would not recomend it!!!!!

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            3.0

            Not so good.

            By 

            from Henry, IL

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • Excellent Image Quality
            • lightweight/portable
            • Nice features/settings
            • Simple controls/menu

            Cons

            • Dim LCD
            • Short battery life

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera:

              Bought camera, an A490, in Feb. 2011. Used it a few times no problem. I like the ease of use and it's settings. Went on a two day trip to St. Louis in late April. I had to replace the batteries four times within the two days. Once in day one, three times on day two. Now two weeks later the door to the battery/ card compartment doesn't close properly and camera doesn't function. I will be sending it in for repair.

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              5.0

              First experience with the A490

              By 

              from Rio Rancho, NM

              Pros

              • Bright LCD
              • Durable
              • Easy to use
              • Excellent Image Quality
              • Good battery life
              • good low-light performance
              • lightweight/portable
              • Nice features/settings

              Cons

              • pre-focus needs detent

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera:

                I really like this camera, it is my first digital. But, I had some problems taking shots, because the half-shutter feature, which allows the lens to fully focus, is not detent-sensitive. I wanted a positive feel when I got to the half-shutter point, but sometimes the switch went all the way down to take the shot when it was not fully focused. It really needs a tactile feel.

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                (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A490 and the old man

                By 

                from Central Arizona

                Pros

                • AA Batteries
                • Bright LCD
                • Easy to use
                • Excellent Image Quality
                • Nice features/settings
                • Simple controls/menu

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera:

                    I have used this camera now for five (5) weeks. It replaces a high end DSLR and a film SLR. I wanted a camera I could carry in a vest pocket, pull and shoot with one hand without any fuss, and used regular AA batteries. I spent three (3) months looking, reading, touching (in various stores), and talking about compact digital cameras before I purchased this unit, a Canon A490. Price was not my top limiter, very near the top along with size, but image quality and recycle time between shoots rested No 1 No2 equally. The change to compact digital (cameras) took me years! I started with a view finder 35mm in the 60's, went SLR manual in the '70s and replaced that camera with a much better manual SLR (well used) in the early 80, upgraded to a Auto Focus, Auto almost everything SLR (new) about ten years ago, only to do a final upgraded on that manufactures product line to a very well used DSLR that would accept all my lenses I accumulated over the years. That lasted about eighteen months before I came to realize I do not need to carry around all the "stuff"! That is when I started looking into compact digital cameras. I am much older now than when I shoot and printed my first (and only) B&W film in the late 60s. My hands do not flex like then dor does my body want to carry around a full camera bag spending time changing out lenses, flashes, while wondering if that shoot really came out. So, it should be apparent why a compact digital camera is now in my life. I like the compactness of the A490. Small enough to fit in a pocket yet large enough for the controls buttons to be easily seen for this old man. The screen sized works and gives good representation of what the image will appear like. I also like the speed it writes to memory. The camera is still on the original factory AA batteries. (I have enough gadgets that use rechargeable power sources and did not want to carry around another charger). I have shot images in sub-zero temperatures and, since I live in Arizona, expect to shoot images when it is well above 100 degrees this summer. I did not see any image issues in the cold, something tells me I will not when it is hot either. Another criteria I had but have not addressed yet is image storage. The camera needed a removable memory card I could easily eject and slip into my laptop. Engineering the battery area to take the SD memory card using the same door is genus. One less opening i had to contend with. Pop the door open to remove the card also shuts down power to the camera by interrupting the battery connection. This help to prevent any issue with power surge while removing or inserting the card. I like it!!! I think I have covered how I got to my Canon A490, why I made the change to a digital compact, and why I chose this camera. I am glad I did my leg work before I chose, I think I chose wisely. Thank You...

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    GREAT CAMERA

                    By 

                    from Undisclosed

                    Pros

                    • Bright LCD
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to use
                    • Excellent Image Quality
                    • good low-light performance
                    • lightweight/portable
                    • Nice features/settings

                    Cons

                    • Complicated controls/menu
                    • Short battery life

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera:

                      THE CANON A490 CAMERA IS ONE OF THE BEST CAMERAS THAT I EVER USED----ITS SMALL COMPACT SIZE IS VERY EASY TO HANDLE AND ITS PICTURE QUALITY IS GREAT .....I WOULD RECOMEND IT TO ANYONE 100%.....

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                      (31 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Purchase Ever!

                      By 

                      from Charleston, SC

                      Comments about Canon Powershot 10.3 Megapixels Compact Digital Camera:

                      I bought this camera because I needed one and I am so glad I did! Its the right size and I keep it in my purse at all times, so when I go out I will have it to take on the spot photo shots. It is real easy to use and aIso I can make a short viedo aswell. This camera was a great purchase for me. I am happy with my Canon Power Shot!!

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