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CanonPowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Red)
 
4.3

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

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    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (31)
  • Compact (26)
  • Nice body color (25)
  • Good image quality (24)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (15)

Cons

  • Short battery life (11)
  • Limited zoom (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)
  • No viewfinder (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (31)
  • Travel (22)
  • Landscape/scenery (18)
  • Low light (12)
  • Weddings (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (26), Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19), Yes (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A good value, that takes great pictures

Simple,easy to use, feels good in the hands and it does take great pictures.

A 2 sec delay between shots with out the flash, ( with the flash on...Read complete review

Simple,easy to use, feels good in the hands and it does take great pictures.

A 2 sec delay between shots with out the flash, ( with the flash on the avg is around. 3 TO 6 secs ), and start up time is 1.6 sec.

The camera does not have optical image stabilization.

I use a 2gig san disk sd card ultra II ( you do not get one with the camera ) that gives you about 750 pictures, I use 2 AA energizer (lithium batterys)(or 2650-2900 mAH rechargables) and that gets about 500-550 pictures . You would not be happy with just standerd AA battery life.

The AA batterys are probably the reason the LCD screen takes so long to recharge after the flash goes off (and to take the next picture) even with the good batterys it is recharging the flash up to 8sec on a (full flash) recharge and the times that are stated above...

I set the disp overlay to grid lines to help take a straighter picture, You may use it for the 1/3 rule also).

Some are having trouble with the shutter button trying to push it half way down trying to compose there picture, on this camera, you only have to touch the shutter button and the weight of your finger will do the trick, if you try to push it half way like the canon A480 or your old camera it will take the picture...

Other Thoughts: The A495 takes great pictures but you will not be able to tell it by the low resolution lcd screen, you will have to wait and look at them on the computer to realy see how good they are. It is sometimes hard to compose your shot in very bright sun light also.

I know this all sounds bad but for the price this camera does take great pictures and is easy and fun to use. It is on par for this price point.
I have bought these for my 4 and 6 year old grand kids ( The canon A 480s) and have had no trouble for a year now.

The next step up is a canon SD 1300 that I know anything about and you can get a upgrade on this stuff if you just can't live with the A495 (I have never used a A3100)so I can not speak for it. I am no expert and I am trying to be honest here and help out if I can, these are just my thoughts, check out the other reviews and good luck on your next camera. I have these cameras (SD 1300,A480 A 495) I really like them.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for young photographer

The price was right for this, so I bought it for my 5-year old nephew for Christmas. It does not have a ton of buttons, so it is easy for him to...Read complete review

The price was right for this, so I bought it for my 5-year old nephew for Christmas. It does not have a ton of buttons, so it is easy for him to navigate. The color is nice for kids, too. It probably is a little more advanced than what a 5-year-old needs, but I figured his parents could make use of it too. I haven't printed out any photos from it yet. The screen shot is kind of grainy, and the color quality wasn't amazing, but I didn't play around with it too much.

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5.0

Love it, love it, love it!

By Jen

from Bastrop, TX

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Silver):

Easy to use.
Perhaps I still have a little too much shakiness in my hands to be perfectly steady though.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 10
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

We have purchased several of these

By ltdeputy

from Peach County, Georgia

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Small / Compact
  • Uses AA batteries

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Evidence documentation

Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Silver):

Our Sheriff's Office uses these for various types of evidence documentation. These units are very user friendly, compact and using AA batteries.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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3.0

Easy to use

By gcbaron

from manhattan

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Silver):

simple, good for beginners

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

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5.0

Great camera for beginner!

By Kelly in Iowa

from Bedford, Iowa

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Silver):

    I bought this camera for my grandmother--her first digital camera. She's loving the quality of the images, its versatility, and ease of use. I'd highly recommend this for beginning camera users who want to take high-quality photos.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    IT WILL GET YOU WHAT YOU WANT THE MOST!

    By ESUBIYI

    from REDWOOD CITY, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Red):

          THANK-YOU BUYING THE CANON FOR MY HUSBAND GOT ME MY NEW COMPUTOR, HE WAS PLEASED WITH CAMERA. THANK-YOU I JUST LOVE IT, WILL BE BACK TO BUY MORE GEAR!
          MARIA CASTILLO

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

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          5.0

          i will let my friends know to buy.

          By gundu

          from london,UK

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Smart and easy to use

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Silver):

          power shot flash is really nice and picture clarity is fantastic even at night timings especially

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          great buy for price

          By mom to a bunch

          from israel

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Video

            Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Silver):

            Only used a couple of times so far but seems easy to use for pictures and videos. Downside is that it takes a few seconds for flash to charge between pictures but overall seems like a great buy.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great purchase

            By LMCD

            from Tampa, FL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos

              Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Silver):

              Bought it as a replacement for an older version. Works great and is basically all we need. Own a "fancier" camera too. But, this is perfect for on-the-go.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Good value for the price

              By Frank S.

              from Roanoke, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Blue):

              I purchased the camera as a gift for my son who is turning twelve. He had no issue understanding how to properly use it, and uses it on regular basis. My only recommendation is that you may want to consider purchasing rechargeable batteries for it. He likes the camera so much that he has already gone through one set of AA batteries.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              Nice compact camera

              By ama48965

              from McAllen, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Software

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors

              Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Blue):

              Great camera for the price, B&H was cheaper than anybody else I could find. Just got it, haven't even read the manual, I've already taken some pictures, they came out very sharp and clear with the "auto" setting. Included software installed easily, but is a little quirky to use. Maybe I should read the manual...

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              Great Product for our business!

              By D-Money

              from New York, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great Zoom
              • Nice Body Color

              Cons

              • Poor Flash

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Blue):

              Very easy to use!
              Fun colors!
              Great Experience with photo images!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              A "best buy" for ease of use!

              By School Tech Department

              from Massachusetts

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Red):

              These easy to use cameras are always available for staff to snap quick photos of student performances or for visual cues. Student usage for projects and reports keep many of the cameras in use daily. Great price for a reliable product. Battery life is short, rechargeable are a good option.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Perfect to Carry Around in my Purse

              By kokomorose

              from Virginia Beach, VA

              About Me Pro 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

                Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Red):

                I am a professional photographer and run my own business, but I am also a mom who doesn't always feel like lugging all my big equipment around just to get a memory snapshot. My husband bought this for me for Christmas so I would have something to carry around in my purse and not have to worry about ruining it. The photos are not anywhere near SLR quality, but it's much better than my cell phone. I am looking forward to putting it in a ziploc and taking it with me to the water park this summer!

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

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                4.0

                Excellent camera! Pocket size

                By Aaron

                from Sangerville, Maine

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • 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 PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Red):

                We are very happy with the quality of this camera. So many easy to use features. I would recommend buying rechargeable batteries. We went through 3 sets of regular batteries in the first week. Maybe because we use it a lot!

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

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                4.0

                A great low priced camera

                By wm

                from San Diego, Ca.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Silver):

                We have a larger Canon Powershot that is great but sometimes a bit much to lug around. We wanted a good but light compact camera to keep with us when we are going out.
                This camera fits that bill and takes good photos. Keep in mind that it isn't a $500 camera. Its good for spur of the moment but if you need serious images you should spend more.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Good starter, point-and-shoot

                By CP

                from NYC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Silver):

                Bought this very affordable camera as a gift, and knew it would be perfect as the recipient's first digital camera. Having owned Canon cameras, both digital and film, I stuck with the tried and true, and primarily considered the optics I would get for the price. I -- and more importantly the new owner of this camera -- are not disappointed.
                Pros: good quality pictures (10 megapixels), large display, mostly easy navigation, super light weight, compact, great price (under $100).
                Cons: some of the features which are manually selectable on my older (slightly more advanced) Canon, are a bit buried in a menu -- so not so immediately changeable, but still not so hard to find; seemingly short battery life (2 AAs); memory not included (but can be purchased very cheaply); delay on recharging battery.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Great pocket camera

                By Mike

                from New Mexico

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel

                Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Red):

                For the price this is a superb little pocket camera. I handles well, is well thought out in terms of controls and it a good camera for novices.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                3.0

                Good for young photographer

                By Aunt Sus

                from New Jersey

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Nice Body Color

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Blue):

                    The price was right for this, so I bought it for my 5-year old nephew for Christmas. It does not have a ton of buttons, so it is easy for him to navigate. The color is nice for kids, too. It probably is a little more advanced than what a 5-year-old needs, but I figured his parents could make use of it too. I haven't printed out any photos from it yet. The screen shot is kind of grainy, and the color quality wasn't amazing, but I didn't play around with it too much.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Great Point and Shoot digital camera

                    By Sir John, The Duke of Elvis

                    from Oklahoma

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Silver):

                      Excellent product for inexpensive begginer photo buff.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Great Pocket Camera

                      By One Cent

                      from Palatine, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about PowerShot A495 Digital Camera (Red):

                        It's great to have a camera that powers on and takes pictures so quickly. My son has used it the last two weeks and loves it. Very easy to use and download pictures from.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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