Canon PowerShot A495 Evaluate | Pictures Weblog



The PowerShot A495 is the brand new entry-level mannequin in Canon’s intensive vary of compact digital cameras. Priced at £119.99 / $129.99, the A495 encompasses a 10 megapixel sensor, 3.3x optical zoom lens with a focal size of 37-122mm, DIGIC III picture processing engine and a 2.5-inch LCD display. Canon’s new Sensible Auto mode routinely recognises capturing circumstances from 18 completely different capturing scenes and applies the optimum image settings required to get the right shot, whereas the A495 additionally boasts i-Distinction expertise to assist be sure that lighter and darker areas are captured in equal element. Low Mild, Tremendous Vivid & Poster Impact scene modes make their debut, plus Face Detection, Movement Detection and Computerized Pink-Eye Correction applied sciences are included. Powered by AA batteries and suitable with SDHC and SDXC reminiscence playing cards, the Canon Powershot A495 is accessible in silver, purple and blue.

Ease of Use

Introduced in tandem with the A490 mannequin – an unique with the Argos retail chain within the UK – is the extra broadly obtainable PowerShot A495, likewise an reasonably priced snapshot possibility at a producer’s steered £119.99. The finances worth implies that there’s at all times the sense of ‘bridesmaid however by no means the bride’ concerning the decrease finish of the PowerShot vary in contrast with the shinier, extra trendy and inevitably pricier IXUS sequence, amongst which an analogous characteristic set might be discovered for round £60 extra, if that. Changing the A480, Canon describes the A495 as an ‘on a regular basis’ digital camera, which comes throughout as akin to describing somebody’s appears as ‘extraordinary’ however actually simply means it is low-cost and simple – and never in a foul approach.

Although boxy of form and feeling distinctly plastic of construct when gripped within the palm, the bodily chunkier A495 manages the trick of not wanting embarrassingly throwaway subsequent to its extra glamorous IXUS cousins with subtly trendy touches akin to a mirrored chrome encompass to the lens and aspect ‘grip’. It does nevertheless betray its ‘financial system’ vary tag barely by being powered courtesy of two bathroom customary alkaline AAs – offered within the field – as an alternative of an extended lasting rechargeable lithium ion battery now provided by most of Canon’s rivals at this worth level as customary.

The added bulk over its IXUS equal(s) does, on a constructive be aware, imply that operational controls are bigger than you will discover on most pocket cameras – as a assist to each youthful and elder customers. Need an inexpensive digital camera for the mom in legislation or teenage relative? The A495 might effectively match the invoice, obtainable as it’s in a alternative of silver, purple or blue our bodies.

The ordinariness but solid-ness continues with a look on the digital camera’s headline options: 10 megapixel decision, barely broader than common 3.3x optical zoom lens (a 37-122mm equal in 35mm phrases, hidden throughout the physique when not in use) plus 115k dot decision, 2.5-inch LCD for framing and reviewing pictures within the anticipated absence of any optical viewfinder.

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Entrance Rear

Nevertheless this in any other case humble PowerShot does match the IXUS vary for the most recent options governing ease of use, akin to Sensible Auto, right here just like the IXUS 105 referencing any given scene or topic with 18 on-board presets so all of the consumer has to do is, hopefully, level and shoot and not have to fret about altering settings or scene modes. It is just about spot on. Among the many obtainable choices is Sensible Flash Publicity that can routinely set off fill-in flash if it detects harsh shadows on a topic’s face for instance. Face detection, self portrait enabling Face Self Timer, plus computerized purple eye correction (if first activated through the on-board menu screens) additionally mix to make sure that portraits come out wanting one of the best they probably can throughout the operational parameters of the digital camera itself.

Once more, as with the most recent era IXUS fashions, the A495 encompasses a new Low Mild Mode for low mild imagery, which, together with Movement Detection Expertise, goals to forestall blurred pictures when capturing handheld. Two new scene modes have nevertheless joined the A495 within the coloration saturation decreasing ‘Poster Impact’, and, in contrast, saturation enhancing Tremendous Vivid mode. Video recording too might be discovered right here, although at a modest customary definition 640×480 pixels at 30fps, which even when coupled with the 10 megapixel headline decision, does not actually recommend a lot want for the digital camera’s provided compatibility with extraordinarily excessive capability (as much as 2TB) SDXC playing cards alongside the extra generally obtainable SDHC (as much as 32GB).

In fact it’s important to make some compromises for the cheaper worth level and these go additional than the plastic physique and AA batteries. Typically the A495, geared up with a Digic III somewhat than IV processor like its IXUS counterparts, is slower, a living proof being that the consumer has to place up with occasional on-screen prompts informing them that they must wait to take a shot whereas the flash prices.

Additionally on a sensible stage, the A495’s shutter launch may be very delicate with little really feel of a particular midway ‘chew’ level at which the digital camera historically units focus and publicity. In truth one might say it is over delicate, with only a fraction tougher press prompting the digital camera to take the shot whereas the consumer is in actual fact nonetheless framing up.

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Entrance High

Trying like a refined pebble from the entrance in the silver incarnation we had in for assessment, the Canon A495’s faceplate is dominated by the lens, left of which is a tiny pinprick housing the in-built microphone and, to the best, a small porthole for the self timer lamp/ AF help beam. Over to the left hand aspect, if viewing the digital camera lens-on, is a raised polished strip that acts because the digital camera’s solely concession to a grip, though, with batteries inserted lending a little bit of weight and the digital camera’s total bulkier than standard proportions for its level and shoot class, this does not really feel like a mannequin that would all of the sudden slip out of your grasp. As a again up, on the prime of this ‘grip’ is a lug for attaching the customary wrist strap offered within the field.

The highest of the digital camera is a equally frill-free affair, that includes simply the shutter launch button – logically the most important management right here – plus tapering lozenge formed on/off button. A press of the latter and the A495 powers up in simply over a second, such velocity on this case belying its finances standing, rear LCD blinking into life while the zoom lens extends to its most not-very-wideangle setting. Press the shutter launch button gently and the digital camera takes a second to regulate focus and publicity, following it up with a bleep of affirmation as AF level/s are highlighted in inexperienced. Go on to take the shot and there is a wait of three seconds while a most decision JPEG is dedicated to reminiscence, display briefly blanking out then freezing with a show of the captured picture.

The rocker swap for working the three.3x optical zoom is in the meantime discovered prime proper of the digital camera again; maintain this down and the lens travels by way of the vary from most vast angle to excessive telephoto in all of two seconds, accompanied by a louder than standard however not overtly distracting mechanical buzz. Beneath this management is an apparent playback button. Press this, after which the zoom rocker once more and you may crop into a picture to verify element, or, by urgent the wideangle finish of the zoom swap, name up latest pictures as a sequence of thumbnails, every subsequent press mentioning an ever growing variety of thumbnails (and thus more and more smaller ones).

Beneath this we discover a set of directional cross keys with a operate/set button at their centre that can be instantly acquainted to any digital digital camera consumer. The format of choices right here is an identical to the flashier IXUS 105 mannequin introduced in tandem. So, at factors north, south, east and west round this are, in that order, a method of leap-frogging bunches of photos when in playback mode or adjusting publicity compensation (+/- 2EV) when in seize mode. Subsequent, on the backside of the pad, is a method of deleting duff photos on the fly or choosing the self-timer choices (two seconds, 10 seconds or customized possibility), while the flexibility to regulate the flash settings (off, sluggish synchro, on, auto) and swap focus from infinity to macro (and again) full the bundle.

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Battery Compartment Reminiscence Card Slot

Beneath the cross keys are two additional buttons. There is no button marked ‘show’ as one may anticipate finding, however somewhat one that enables the consumer to alternately tab between nonetheless picture and video seize. Press this and 4 capturing mode choices are proven on a toolbar throughout the highest of the display. First is full auto – or Sensible Auto – subsequent is Program, which permits for a modest quantity of guide tweaking, then scene mode(s) (here is the place you will discover the poster mode, tremendous vivid and low mild choices, the latter dropping decision down to 2 megapixels, together with face self timer) and lastly the video seize possibility. Press the aforementioned ‘operate/set’ button when on this mode (or one of many nonetheless seize modes) and a second toolbar seems down the left hand aspect of the display with additional selectable capturing choices. If staying in video mode customers can manually tweak white steadiness settings or select from the My Colours choices, together with Vivid, Impartial, Sepia, Black and White, plus Customized color choices. In common auto mode, the broader vary of choices is disabled so all of the consumer can regulate is picture dimension and high quality, whereas, if switching to Program mode, customers have extra entry to ISO (ISO80-1600), evaluative, centre weighted or spot metering, plus single shot or steady seize choices.

The button to the best of that is the self explanatory ‘menu’. A thumb press of this brings up two folders on-screen with good, clear sort – the primary containing the capturing menu, the second the extra basic goal arrange menu. The primary folder incorporates the flexibility to activate the digital zoom, name up grid traces on display, plus add a date stamp. What’s lacking right here is in-built consumer adjustable picture stabilization, as discovered on the IXUS. The second featured folder of the 2 incorporates the arrange menu, providing the flexibility to tweak varied sound and begin up choices – there is not any longer an extraneous separate menu folder throughout the Canon sequence for doing this – plus format the cardboard in use or, lastly, reset all present settings.

While the left hand aspect of the digital camera, if viewing it from the again, encompasses a built-in speaker, to the best hand aspect we discover a rubber flap, flipped open with assistance from your thumbnail, that protects three ports for, variously, mains energy in, AV out and USB in. This rubber flap feels just a little flimsy and we will see it tearing off following extended use, however then what else can one moderately anticipate for the pocket cash worth?

The bottom of the digital camera is the place the 2 AA batteries good for simply 150 pictures are inserted, sharing a compartment with the slot for the non-obligatory however important media card. Simply off centre is the customary screw thread for attaching the A495 to a tripod if that’s the case desired. So far, a lot as anticipated. So what of the photographs the digital camera produces. Do these transcend or betray its finances standing by way of high quality? Learn on to search out out…

Picture High quality

All the pattern photos on this Evaluate have been taken utilizing the ten megapixel Nice JPEG setting, which provides a mean picture dimension of round 2.5Mb.

For an auto all the things digital camera, and, particularly given the worth, the A495 places in a commendably constant efficiency, with even exposures and crisp, vibrant pictures when circumstances are supreme (for which learn: clear, blue skies). The Tremendous Vivid and Poster Impact settings from amongst the scene modes are enjoyable below such circumstances with out being excessive, and do return surprisingly usable outcomes. Even when left on default settings, purple, greens and blues are properly to the fore.

OK, so inevitably there are the same old bugbears for this class of digital camera current akin to purple fringing between areas of excessive distinction, however that is no extra in proof than with compacts costing twice the A495’s nearly pocket cash outlay. Not less than the truth that the lens does not go all that vast implies that we do not endure from barrel distortion on the extremities of the zoom, and such framing limitations additionally immediate the consumer to be just a little extra thought-about lining up their pictures, which is not at all times a foul factor.

And sure, photos taken at most zoom are generally just a little mushy, however nothing surprising right here both. In truth, for basic images the outcomes from the A495 are barely higher than the finances tag would recommend and on a par with the dearer, outwardly extra subtle pocket IXUS fashions.

When it comes to low mild images with out flash, the A495 gave a fairly related efficiency to the IXUS 105 we examined alongside it, with a clear invoice of well being as much as and together with ISO 400, slight softening of element at ISO 800 after which noise intruding extra noticeably, however not ruinously, at ISO 1600 setting.

So, whereas the photographs the Canon Powershot A495 produces usually are not up there with one of the best we have ever seen, for its newbie market they’re higher than anticipated.


There are 6 ISO settings obtainable on the Canon Powershot A495. Listed below are some 100% crops which present the noise ranges for every ISO setting:


Listed below are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Internet – High quality 50 in Photoshop. The suitable-hand picture has had some sharpening utilized in Photoshop. The out-of-the digital camera photos are just a little mushy on the default setting ideally and profit from some additional sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You may as well change the in-camera sharpening stage to fit your tastes through the My Colours menu possibility.

Chromatic Aberrations

The Canon Powershot A495 dealt with chromatic aberrations effectively in the course of the assessment, with some restricted purple fringing current across the edges of objects in sure high-contrast conditions, as proven within the examples under.



The Canon Powershot A495 provides a Macro setting that permits you to concentrate on a topic that is simply 1cm away from the digital camera when the lens is ready to wide-angle. The primary picture reveals how shut you may get to the topic (on this case a compact flash card). The second picture is a 100% crop.


The flash settings on the Canon Powershot A495 are Auto, Flash On, Gradual Synchro, and Flash Off, with Pink-eye Correction and Pink-Eye Lamp settings obtainable through the Flash Settings major menu possibility. These pictures of a white colored wall have been taken at a distance of 1.5m.

And listed below are some portrait pictures. As you’ll be able to see, neither the Flash On setting or the Pink-Eye Correction possibility brought about any quantity of red-eye.

Flash On (100% Crop)

Night time Shot

The Canon Powershot A495’s most shutter velocity is 15 seconds within the Lengthy Shutter mode, which is nice information for those who’re significantly eager about night time images. The shot under was taken utilizing a shutter velocity of 1/sixth second at ISO 800. I’ve included a 100% crop of the picture to point out what the standard is like. The digital camera takes the identical period of time once more to use noise discount, so for instance on the 10 second setting the precise publicity takes 20 seconds.

Pattern Pictures

It is a choice of pattern photos from the Canon PowerShot A495 digital camera, which have been all taken utilizing the ten megapixel Nice JPEG setting. The thumbnails under hyperlink to the full-sized variations, which haven’t been altered in any approach.

Pattern Film & Video

It is a pattern film on the high quality setting of 640×480 at 30 frames per second. Please be aware that this 25 second film is 44.5Mb in dimension.

Product Pictures

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Entrance of the Digicam

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Isometric View

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Isometric View

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Rear of the Digicam

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Rear of the Digicam / Picture Displayed

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High of the Digicam

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Backside of the Digicam

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Facet of the Digicam

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Facet of the Digicam


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Battery Compartment

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Reminiscence Card Slot


The sensation you come away with after utilizing the PowerShot A495 is that Canon has, and is, doing higher. However then that is largely lacking the purpose, for here’s a digital camera has been particularly engineered to hit a sure modest worth level.

It looks like a fairly whole lot, all informed, significantly when on the time of writing Argos had halved the worth of its pared-down A490 sibling to round £65; an outlay for which we’d recommend it’s troublesome to go far unsuitable. Plus, think about that the image efficiency of the A495 is notably little completely different from the dearer IXUS 105 for those who do not want that digital camera’s wider 28mm equal setting and this finances mannequin, nevertheless outwardly frill free, begins to make sense as a reasonable path to picture seize for digital images novices.

So, to conclude, within the Powershot A495 we’ve got a basic goal – or as Canon would have it ‘on a regular basis’ – digital camera that is barely higher than first impressions would recommend. Do not anticipate miracles and you will not be upset. Certainly, for the worth you will be pleasantly shocked.

4 stars

Rankings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Options 3.5
Ease-of-use 4
Picture high quality 3.5
Worth for cash 4

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The Canon PowerShot A495 is a step up from the earlier A480 – a mannequin which wowed the WDC staff for each its excellence and affordability when reviewed. The Canon A495 is a mightily related digital camera to the A480, offering all of the point-and-shoot capabilities you would need for an easy-to-use automated digital compact.

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Canon’s Powershot A495 is a compact, entry-level mannequin that has been designed to be as simple to make use of as attainable. This easy digital camera comes full of options like a 10-Megapixel imaging sensor, Digic III processor, Sensible Auto capturing mode and Canon’s Face Detect Self-Timer; simply in case you thought easy meant much less. Your whole framing and viewing of your photos is finished on the digital camera’s 2.5-inch LCD display.

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Efficient Pixels


Color Filter Kind

Major Color


DIGIC III with iSAPS expertise

Focal Size

6.6 – 21.6 mm (35mm equal: 37 – 122mm)


Optical 3.3x. Digital approx. 4x ¹ (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Security Zoom ²)¹. Mixed approx. 13x

Most f/quantity

f/3.0 – f/5.8


7 components in 6 teams (1 single sided aspherical lens)

AF System/ Factors

AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (mounted centre)

AF Level Choice

Measurement (Regular, Small)

AF Lock

On/Off Selectable

Closest Focusing Distance

1cm (W) from entrance of lens in macro

Metering modes

Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF body), Centre-weighted common, Spot (centre)

AE Lock

On/Off Selectable

Publicity Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 cease increments

ISO sensitivity*

AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600


1 – 1/2000 sec (manufacturing facility default)
15 – 1/2000 sec (complete vary – varies by capturing mode)


Auto (together with Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Customized


6.2cm (2.5”) TFT, approx. 115,000 dots


Auto, Handbook Flash On / Off, Gradual Synchro

Gradual Sync Pace

Sure. Quickest velocity 1/2000 sec

Flash Publicity Compensation

Face Detection FE, Sensible Flash Publicity

Constructed-in Flash Vary

30cm – 3.0m (W) / 2.0m (T)

Exterior Flash

Canon Excessive Energy Flash HF-DC1


Auto*, P, Film, Particular Scene (Portrait, Night time Snapshot, Children & Pets, Indoor, FaceSelf-Timer, Low Mild (2.0MP), Tremendous Vivid, Poster Impact, Seaside, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Lengthy Shutter)
*with Scene Detection Expertise and Movement Detection Expertise

Picture Results

My Colours (My Colours Off, Vivid, Impartial, Sepia, Black & White, Customized Colour (restricted))

Drive modes

Single, Steady, Self-Timer

Steady Taking pictures

Approx. 0.9 pictures/sec.¹ (till the reminiscence card is full)²


Picture Measurement

(L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 20percent4, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048.
Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)


(L)640 x 480, 30fps/30fps(LP)
(M)320 x 240, 30fps

Film Size

As much as 4GB or 1 hour (L and M)¹

Nonetheless Picture Kind

JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Digicam File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Model 1.1 compliant


AVI [Motion JPEG compression]

Canon Printers

Canon SELPHY Compact Picture Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Picture Print, Mounted Measurement Print and Film Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers solely)

Pink-Eye Correction

Sure, throughout capturing and playback

Clever Orientation Sensor


Playback Zoom

Approx. 2x – 10x

Self Timer

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

Menu Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese language, Chinese language (conventional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi


Hello-Pace USB (MTP, PTP) devoted connector (Mini-B suitable)


A/V output, devoted connector (PAL/NTSC)




PC & Macintosh

Home windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP2-3
Mac OS X v10.4 – 10.6

Shopping & Printing

ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser


2x Measurement-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries (Alkalines equipped)

Battery life

Approx. 150 shots¹ (with equipped batteries)
Approx. 400 pictures (with non-obligatory Canon NB-3AH batteries)¹
Approx. 480 min. playback (with equipped batteries)
Approx. 600 min. playback (with Canon NB-3AH batteries)

A/C Energy Provide

Non-obligatory, AC Adapter Equipment ACK800


Excessive Energy Flash HF-DC1

Energy Provide & Battery Chargers

Battery Charger Equipment CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300, AC adapter equipment ACK800

Working Setting

0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

93.5 x 61.7 x 30.6 mm


Approx. 175g (together with battery/batteries and reminiscence card)


¹ Digital zoom obtainable for nonetheless picture and customary film modes solely. Optical zoom will not be obtainable throughout film recording.
² Relying on the picture dimension chosen.

Steady Taking pictures

¹ Beneath circumstances the place the flash doesn’t fireplace.
² Relying on reminiscence card velocity / capability / compression setting.

Film Size

¹ Relying on reminiscence card velocity / capability / compression setting.

Battery life

¹ Utilizing the batteries and reminiscence card format equipped with the digital camera (the place included), besides the place indicated.


* Customary Output Sensitivity / Really helpful Publicity Index.

Based on ISO 12232:2006 (twentieth April 2006) which specifies the tactic for assigning and reporting ISO velocity scores for digital nonetheless cameras.

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