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Canon PowerShot A490

alaTest has collected and analyzed 101 reviews of Canon PowerShot A490. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the portability and battery. The image quality and price also get good opinions. There are some mixed views about the contrast and zoom, while many are less positive about the storage and memory.

usability, price, image quality, battery, portability

shutter, sensor, viewfinder, memory, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A490 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot A490

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Canon PowerShot A490 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the performance and portability. The flash and battery are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the viewfinder.

usability, battery, flash, portability, performance

viewfinder

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot A490

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Canon PowerShot A490 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Canon PowerShot A490

 

We take a look at Canon's cheapest compact camera

Cheap

No image stabilisation, slow autofocus, Limited shooting options, No 720p video

May, 2011

Expert review by : Dave Stevenson (techradar.com)

Canon PowerShot A490 review

 

Canon surprises with this sub-£100 compact camera

Good image quality ; Well-made ; Cheap

Dull video mode ; All-plastic ; AA batteries double-edged sword

The PowerShot A490 is the latest budget compact camera from Canon, and it comes with a surprising twist.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Canon PowerShot A490

 

When it comes to the Canon PowerShot A490, sleekness has been taken to a whole new level. This is one digital camera that has been equipped with compact but simplistic features that can be related to any one that is using them. This camera comes in...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

Canon PowerShot A490 digital camera

 

Canon PowerShot A490 review: It won't win any design awards, but it takes great photos considering its price

Good clarity and colours for such an inexpensive camera, good battery life using AAs, improved button layout over the PowerShot A480

Shutter button doesn't have a distinct two-step feel, highlights were overexposed

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a cheap digital camera that can take high quality images. It's a simple point-and-shoot without extensive manual features and it runs on AA batteries. We don't like its shutter button, and it didn't handle highlights too...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot A490 (Silver) review

 

Canon updated 2009's PowerShot A480 by splitting it into two models: the A490 and A495. The PowerShot A490 is about $20 less expensive than the A495, but it's available in silver only; it has a 5-point Face AiAF autofocus system instead of the A495's...

Excellent photos for its price; reliable Auto mode.

Short battery life; low-resolution LCD; slow shooting performance; very basic features.

Though its feature set is light, the Canon PowerShot A490 is a very good choice for anyone on a tight budget who still wants excellent photo quality.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Josh Fate (steves-digicams.com)

Canon Powershot A490 Review

 

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a compact, entry-level model featuring excellent image quality and a decent set of features for anyone on a budget. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Excellent image quality; powerful Built-in flash; video capture; smart Auto shooting mode; incredibly easy to use ; Cons ; Low-Resolution 2.5-Inch LCD ; 640x480 max video resolution (No HD) ; Slow shooting performance ; Bottom Line ; The Canon...

Low-Resolution 2.5-Inch LCD ; 640x480 max video resolution (No HD) ; Slow shooting performance ; Bottom Line ; The Canon PowerShot A490 is a compact, entry-level model featuring excellent image quality and a decent set of features for anyone on a...

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a compact, entry-level model featuring excellent image quality and a decent set of features for anyone on a budget. Read more in our

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Canon PowerShot A490 digital camera

 

Canon PowerShot A490 review: It won't win any design awards, but it takes great photos considering its price

Good clarity and colours for such an inexpensive camera, good battery life using AAs, improved button layout over the PowerShot A480

Shutter button doesn't have a distinct two-step feel, highlights were overexposed

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com.au)

Canon PowerShot A490

 

Though its feature set is light, the Canon PowerShot A490 is a very good choice for anyone on a tight budget who still wants excellent photo quality.

Excellent photos for its price ; Reliable Auto mode

Short battery life ; Low-resolution LCD ; Slow shooting performance ; Very basic features

Via CNET

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com.au)

Canon PowerShot A490 (Silver) review: Canon PowerShot A490 (Silver)

 

Canon PowerShot A490 (Silver)

Excellent photos for its price; reliable Auto mode.

Short battery life; low-resolution LCD; slow shooting performance; very basic features.

Though its feature set is light, the Canon PowerShot A490 is a very good choice for anyone on a tight budget who still wants excellent photo quality.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (ninemsn.com.au)

Canon PowerShot A490 digital camera

 

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a cheap digital camera that can take high quality images. It's a simple point-and-shoot without extensive manual features and it runs on AA batteries. We don't like its shutter button, and it didn't handle highlights too...

Good clarity and colours for such an inexpensive camera ; Good battery life using AAs ; Improved button layout over the PowerShot A480

Shutter button doesn't have a distinct two-step feel ; Highlights were overexposed

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a cheap digital camera that can take high quality images. It's a simple point-and-shoot without extensive manual features and it runs on AA batteries. We don't like its shutter button, and it didn't handle highlights too...

Oct, 2010

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