Canon PowerShot A495 Review

4.0
April 8, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

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

LENS

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 Zoom ²)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 / 9-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

SHUTTER

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%

FLASH

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, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Light (2.0MP), Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, 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 20%4, (M3) 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

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Histogram

Yes

Playback Zoom

Approx. 2x - 10x

Self Timer

Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom or FaceSelf-Timer

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 shots¹ (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.

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