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Simple Canon PowerShot A490 Digital Camera at budget price

Canon PowerShot A490 is an easy to use, simple digital camera with resolution of 10 Mega pixels, focal length ranging from f/3.0 to f/5.8 and 1/2.3-inch CCD imaging sensor. It has 4x of digital zoom and 3.3x of optical zoom i.e. 35mm equivalent of 37 to 122mm but does not have any image stabilization and the Canon standard anti glare coating. Being an entry level model, it has less features but image quality is good with excellent exposures and color reproduction.

Canon A490 is equipped with 2.5 inch LCD monitor with resolution of 115K dots that is good to frame the object and view the images later on. It has TTL auto focus with choice of center zone AF or idiosyncratic AiAF system, Digic III imaging processor, good angle of viewing and 13 predefined scene modes. The camera is capable to handle well the chromatic aberration and bright white snow issues. It comes with Face Detection feature with AF/AE/FE/WB options and has Smart Auto mode to select the auto settings based on the scenic conditions

Canon Powershot A490 has a good control layout, a rocker-switch zoom control, a D-pad and three control buttons at rear, though button quality is not that impressive. Among other features, it has red-eye correction, low light shooting option, smart flash exposure, intelligent contrast correction, self timer and shooting modes such as Special Scene, Auto, P and Movie. It can support ISO from 80 to 1600 and Auto and its shutter speed ranges from 15 to 1/2000 seconds.

Canon A490 in video mode can shoot movies at 30fps with resolution of both 640x480 and 320x240 without using optical zoom. The audio recording is mono via on-board microphone and the format of recorded video is JPEG or AVI. The camera is SD/SDHC compatible and has three light metering modes namely spot, evaluative and centre-weighted. It is powered with two standard AA-size batteries that can take 150 shots, if alkaline batteries are used.

Canon Powershot A490 has a reasonable build with simple rounded shape that is convenient to hold. It is light in weight weighing just 175g, measures 93.5 x 61.7 x 30.6mm and has a plastic body. The box that is supplied along with camera includes batteries, wrist strap, USB interface cable, AV cable and Digital camera solution CD. The response time of camera is 2 seconds during start-up and 2.5 seconds on shut down.

On negative side, this Canon camera has low resolution LCD, slow shooting performance, slow AF system, wide-angle distortion, visible noise above ISO 200 and corner to corner sharpness. Overall, available at a budget price of about 100 US dollars, Canon A490 is very good camera with decent image quality and features, suitable for anyone not looking for high performance.

Sun, 20 Jun 2010 07:21:28 +0000

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