Canon PowerShot A495 Review

April 8, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |


The feeling you come away with after using the PowerShot A495 is that Canon has, and is, doing better. But then that's largely missing the point, for here is a camera has been specifically engineered to hit a certain modest price point.

It seems like a pretty good deal, all told, particularly when at the time of writing Argos had halved the price of its pared-down A490 sibling to around £65; an outlay for which we would suggest it is difficult to go far wrong. Plus, factor in that the picture performance of the A495 is notably little different from the more expensive IXUS 105 if you don't need that camera's wider 28mm equivalent setting and this budget model, however outwardly frill free, starts to make sense as an inexpensive route to image capture for digital photography novices.

So, to conclude, in the Powershot A495 we have a general purpose - or as Canon would have it 'everyday' - camera that's slightly better than first impressions would suggest. Don't expect miracles and you won't be disappointed. Indeed, for the price you'll be pleasantly surprised.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 4