Pros + High-quality 2.5" LCD screen
+ Composing shots are easy
+ Auto scene detection function
+ DIGIC III processor
+ Recovery time is amanzingly fast
Cons - Slow continuous burst
- Night mode, which shoots at 2 megapixels only
Summary The Canon Powershot A495 is probably one of the most affordable compact digital cameras out there. A little bit bulky and encased in a full plastic body, including a plastic lens barrel, its design may not catch your eyes at first, but this pocket-sized, AA-battery powered digital compact will surprise you in many ways once you take it out of the box.*** P.S. If you will buy this Camera I suggest you have compare prices before you decide at: www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0032JRRXY?ie=UTF8&ref_=dp_olp_new&condition=new#?ie=UTF8&tag=***************&********=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
With a high-quality 2.5" LCD screen, composing shots are easy, and the auto scene detection function makes taking pictures a breeze. With the DIGIC III processor (although not as good as Canon's latest Digic IV processor, it does a fine job here), the camera's software is able to detect up to 9 faces within a single frame quickly and adjusts the exposure accordingly so the subjects don't turn out overexposed or underexposed. Recovery time is amanzingly fast, again thanks to the DIGIC III processor normally only found in the more expensive IXUS models and Canon's DSLRs, so you can go on to shoot the next picture almost immmediately. The DIGIC III processor also makes sure that the pictures come out as clean and as noise free as possible. The A495 shoots from ISO 80 all the way up to ISO 1600, and with a small 1/2.3 inch sensor, keeping the images clean and noise free is no easy feat. The white balance adjustment is nearly perfect, with the camera producing almost natural colors even under flourescent lights. Test images have been uploaded under the customer's images section showing the color reproduction and noise performance of the camera.
Of course, the A495 is by no means a perfect little camera, with a few disappointing features here and there, and they are 1) a slow continuous burst, at a sluggish 0.95 frame per second 2) the night mode, which shoots at 2 megapixels only, and 3) a somewhat imperfect software which always keeps the camera's shutter speed just slow enough indoors to cause just a little blur to the images, even with the flash on. Therefore, it'll wise for you to keep the camera as steady as possible or use a tripod when you're shooting indoors.
Compared to the very closely priced Sony DSC-S930 and S950 released last year, the Canon is able to produce much cleaner and sharper pictures at any given ISO (even though there is no ISO 3200), and the quality of the images closely matches those of the very expensive Sony DSC-WX1 with EXMOR-R sensor, which comes as a surprise to me.
With its low price point and high quality images, the Canon Powershot A495 makes a perfect gift for any casual photographer, and for someone who's just getting into photography, it has enough features to become a back-up camera with its ability to use AA batteries straight out of a convenient store.
Updated on Aug 24, 2011
Pros Point and shoot
Small and fits great in a pocket.
Easy to use.
Cons Short battery life
Recharges the batteries all the time
Summary Save your money and buy something better. It's ok for outdoor pictures and if you don't need to zoom. Zoom does very poorly; the pictures almost always come out blurry. As soon as it's getting close to dusk, and at night, it takes forever for the batteries to re-charge between pictures. Lots of waisted time. Make sure you always carry extra batteries as well.
Pros point and shoot
Cons usually takes terrible pictures
Summary Don't buy this one. CNET, you need to change your rating on this camera. It is not reliable.
Pros Good pictures even in limited light.
Nice timer setting.
Super simple to use for novices.
Cons Have to shade LCD screen when shooting in bright light.
Summary I bought two of these cameras to be used by students in a school. I spend no more than 30 seconds explaining them, whether the user, even to people who call themselves "technologically impaired." The pictures are great, enough resolution for yearbook. We even took pictures in a dark auditorium during a concert. They were great. We have taken short movies for student "commercials" and they were fine.
Pros Good nature pictures, nothing spectacular though.
Cons Incredibly poor pics outside nightime (all fuzzy and looking like neons), and horrible inside where there is light and people's face is blurred.
Summary May be due to non existent image stabilization not picking up light or some defect...
You guys at CNet rate this product too high, I think.