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.
A 10.0 Megapixel sensor gives you the detail for superb, large-scale prints, or creatively cropping shots to perfection.
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.
A bright, 6.2cm (2.5”) LCD lets you frame, review and share shots comfortably.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Type||1/2.3 type CCD|
|Colour Filter Type||Primary Colour|
|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)|
|AF System/ Points||AiAF (Face Detection / 5-point), 1-point AF (fixed centre)|
|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|
|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)
|Settings||Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom|
|Monitor||6.2cm (2.5”) TFT, approx. 115,000 dots|
|Modes||Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro|
|Slow Sync Speed||Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec|
|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|
|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|
|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)
|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|
|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]|
|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)|
|Red-Eye Correction||Yes, during shooting and playback|
|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|
|Computer||Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)|
|Other||A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)|
|Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus.|
|PC & Macintosh||Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP2-3 |
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.6
|Browsing & Printing||ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser|
|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|
|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|
|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.|