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CanonPowerShot A490 Digital Camera
 
4.3

(based on 30 reviews)

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    (4)

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    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Good image quality (15)
  • Nice body color (14)
  • Compact (12)
  • Good in low light (11)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (4)
  • No viewfinder (4)
  • Short battery life (4)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (18)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Travel (10)
  • Low light (8)
  • Wildlife (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (16), Photo enthusiast (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great[...]Product

Bought 3 cameras for Christmas gifts. Needed something they wouldn't destroy right away. This camera is a great camera in this price range. I use the same one at work also and it...Read complete review

Bought 3 cameras for Christmas gifts. Needed something they wouldn't destroy right away. This camera is a great camera in this price range. I use the same one at work also and it takes excellent Macro shots up close of small parts etc.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

PowerShot A490 Digital Camera

I used this on vacation for the first time, as a substitute for my normal, larger camera. While it was easy to use, I found not being able to adjust for night...Read complete review

I used this on vacation for the first time, as a substitute for my normal, larger camera. While it was easy to use, I found not being able to adjust for night shots, portraits, etc., a bit frustrating. Also, wait time to be able to take next shot is unsatisfactory; I could set the interval on my other camera, could only set if I wanted to see the shot on this one.
Pictures taken on overcast day were not good; I tried with and without flash and all pretty bland.
Will be interested to see how the good pictures blow up. Also, it ate batteries.
That said, it was easy to use and light to carry.

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4.0

Fine camera at a good price

By beeweecatcher

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • No Viewfinder
  • Poor Image Stabilization

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weather Balloon Photos

Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

I purchased this camera for use in weather balloon high altitude photography, for which it will perform splendidly at a good price (as a refurbished item). Aside from purely automated use, a critique would be the sensitivity of the shutter button--it is difficult to tell when it is sufficiently deployed to focus the camera. It does not seem to have a half-stop point.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Great!

By Lindsay

from Boston, MA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

        [...] low price, thanks!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Great camera, great price

        By npn

        from potomac, md

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

          Small, simple point and shoot camera for daily use. Great for novice and more advanced photographers, including kids. Takes videos too which seems to be lots of fun for the kids. Independent of power source as AA batteries are universally available. Not great in low light.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          great little camera

          By ksultzz

          from Illinois

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good video quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Video

          Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

          Good snapshots, good video, easy to use, small camera but useable controls

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Good for gifts

          By kpk

          from Detroit mi

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

            I ordered 2 cameras [...]. I bought 4gb sdhc cards for both cameras and took few snaps which looks good. I recommend these cameras to give as gifts which are not expensive and you have canon brand name.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Excellent camera for infrared modificati

            By Antilock

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • No Viewfinder
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

              I've purchased a number of point-and-shoot cameras to modify to full infrared (via replacement of the high-pass filter). I find that the A490 (and the A480) are very easy to modify to IR-only. Canon has designed these such that it's easy to access the CCD without too much disassembly and without having to unsolder/resolder anything. Just be careful that you don't put too much pressure on the lens when working on this camera-I find that setting it on a roll of duct tape, so that the camera is supported by its edges and not by its lens, is helpful. For the price, it's great- much easier to modify than Canon's image-stabilized cameras. Unfortunately, manual controls are limited, but perhaps a version of hacked firmware will be available from CHDK soon.

              Bottom line: If you want to get into infrared photography, this is an excellent camera to work with.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Photos & Easy to Use

              By KR

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

              This is a great little camera and takes impressive photos. It's also very easy to use. The only downside is the annoying shutter lag, but I suppose that's to be expected with such an inexpensive camera. Over all I love it!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great product, great price

              By Green Frog

              from Decatur, Il

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos

                Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                I bought to take snapshots. The camera is so easy to use and easy to operate. You don't have to be a professional to understand the features. So far, no complaints.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                The Gift!

                By Judy

                from Anahaim, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Nice Body Color

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                  I got this for a relative who is very creative and loves taking pictures. He keeps sending me emails of his creative artwork! I have not seen him so excited before!

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  3.0

                  cheap good quality

                  By taemobig

                  from san francisco ca

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                  decent point and shoot camera

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 6
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great[...]Product

                  By Arbeez

                  from Fremont, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                      Bought 3 cameras for Christmas gifts. Needed something they wouldn't destroy right away. This camera is a great camera in this price range. I use the same one at work also and it takes excellent Macro shots up close of small parts etc.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      loved it

                      By Vall

                      from swampscott MA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                        Simple to use, very good size, loved and recommend!

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        The price sold me

                        By Techie

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Vehicle imaging

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                        I PURCHASE THIS MODEL ALL THE TIME FOR WORK AND NO ONE COULD BEAT THE B&H PRICE.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        3.0

                        No surprises

                        By TD

                        from Bethel, CT

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                        What you would expect from Canon for the price, nothing more or less.

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                        4.0

                        great price for a Cannon

                        By the sleeper

                        from NJ

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Nice Body Color
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                          This camera takes great pix, for your typical PHD user

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Good buy.

                          By RioDell

                          from Rio Dell, CA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • No Viewfinder

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                          I like the fact this camera uses standard AA battteries. It looks good and is easy to hold.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again and again

                          By JuanC

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Nice Body Color

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                            It is an incredible photo machine. Again Cannon and B & H exceeded my expectations. Super recommended.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            I love it!

                            By kevin

                            from San Jose, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                              Bought one of these on sale when my wife lost our Kodak Point and Shoot (M1033). This camera has great photo intelligence and takes great reliable pictures. I still think Canon's color is a little off, but I have yet to be disappointed by this camera.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great Camera

                              By Dibbs

                              from Coral Springs, FL

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Short Lag Time
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                                This camera is a perfect size with a good size lcd screen. Very easy to use, and since we use them for police work it is great to have a camera that is not complicated. It seems to be very durable which is also a plus for us. I would recommend this to a friend.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Great camera, great price. Easy to use.

                                By Mr. Fix-It

                                from Bennington, VT

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Nice Body Color

                                Cons

                                • No Viewfinder

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light

                                Comments about Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera:

                                I send photos of problem areas and projects around our manufacturing plants. My computer recognized it right away and I was able to send out pics immediately.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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