Canon PowerShot A490

PowerShot and IXUS digital compact cameras

PowerShot A490

Canon PowerShot A490

Casual shooting with great results

Affordable, easy and fun, the PowerShot A490 uses Canon know-how to let everyone take great 10 Megapixel photos. Its compact, lightweight design slips easily into any pocket.

Benefits

  • 10.0 MP
  • 3.3x optical zoom
  • 6.2cm (2.5”) LCD
  • Smart Auto mode
  • Simple design
  • Shooting modes including Low Light
  • Face Detection & Auto Red-Eye Correction
  • DIGIC III
  • Motion Detection Technology
  • Long Play Movies with sound

Quality 10.0 Megapixel imaging

A 10.0 Megapixel sensor gives you the detail for superb, large-scale prints, or creatively cropping shots to perfection.

3.3X optical zoom

The 3.3x optical zoom lens is designed and manufactured by Canon to the high standards found throughout the Canon photographic range. In combination with digital zoom, magnification of up to 13x can be achieved.

6.2cm (2.5”) LCD

A bright, 6.2cm (2.5”) LCD lets you frame, review and share shots comfortably.

Smart Auto mode

Designed to let everyone take great shots, Smart Auto mode uses Scene Detection Technology to determine the shooting scene from subject brightness, contrast, distance and overall hue. The camera selects the scene type from 13 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output. Smart Auto mode also includes Smart Flash Exposure, which intelligently adjusts flash settings for optimum results.

Attractive and easy

The PowerShot A490 features a slim, lightweight design that makes it easy to take anywhere. A simple, intuitive button layout lets users of all ages start taking pictures right away.

14 shooting modes

A selection of 14 shooting modes makes it easy to get the right settings for any scene, including Low Light mode for great shots in darker conditions. Simply select the mode you want, and let the camera take care of everything else.

Face Detection Technology

A suite of Face Detection technologies detects multiple faces in a scene and adjusts focus, exposure, flash settings and white balance – for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones. Auto Red-Eye Correction identifies and removes the red-eye effect that can occur when shooting with flash.

DIGIC III

As well as powering intelligent camera technologies such as Smart Auto, Canon’s DIGIC III processor ensures fast response times, superb image quality, advanced noise reduction and accurate colour reproduction.

Motion Detection Technology

Activated in Smart Auto mode, Motion Detection Technology ascertains movement in the shooting scene. The optimal ISO level is then automatically set, to minimise blur and maximise image quality.

Long Play Movies

Supplement your still images with fun 30fps VGA movie clips with sound. A Long Play mode lets you store twice as much footage on the camera’s memory card.

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 1/2.3 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx.10.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC III with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 6.6 - 21.6 mm (35mm equivalent: 37 – 122mm)
Zoom Optical 3.3x. Digital approx. 4x ¹ (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom²)¹. Combined approx. 13x
Maximum f/number f/3.0 - f/5.8
Construction 7 elements in 6 groups (1 single sided aspherical lens)

FOCUSING

Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 5-point), 1-point AF (fixed centre)
AF Modes Single
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 1cm (W) from front of lens in macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Speed 1 - 1/2000 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/2000 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

LCD MONITOR

Monitor 6.2cm (2.5”) TFT, approx. 115,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Built-in Flash Range 30cm - 3.0m (W) / 2.0m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

SHOOTING

Modes Auto*, P, Movie, Special Scene (Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Low Light (2.0MP), Beach, Foliage, Snow, Sunset, Fireworks, Long Shutter)
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color (limited))
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 0.9 shots/sec.¹ (until the memory card is full)²

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size (L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 1704, (M3, Date Stamp) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048.
Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (L)640 x 480, 30fps/30fps(LP)
(M)320 x 240, 30fps
Movie Length Up to 4GB or 1 hour (L and M) ¹

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression]

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi

INTERFACE

Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus.

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP2-3
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.6

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch

POWER SOURCE

Batteries 2x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries (Alkalines supplied)
Battery life Approx. 150 shots ¹ (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 400 shots (with optional Canon NB-3AH batteries)¹
Approx. 480 min. playback (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 600 min. playback (with Canon NB-3AH batteries)
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK800

ACCESSORIES

Case Soft Case DCC-480
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300, AC adapter kit ACK800

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 93.5 x 61.7 x 30.6 mm
Weight Approx. 175g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
² Depending on the image size selected.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
  • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.