Features & Controls

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The Powershot A490 features a 3.3x optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 37-122mm and a maximum aperture of f/3.0 (W) - f/5.8 (T). When powered down, the lens will retract inside the camera for protection.

An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. The focusing range is:

  • Normal AF: 2-inches/5cm - infinity (W), 9.8-inches/25cm - infinity (T)
  • Macro: 0.4-inches - 1.6 ft./1-50cm (W), 9.8 in. - 1.6 ft./25-50cm (T)
In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to illuminate the subject for accurate focusing.






canon_a490_flash.jpgHere you can see the A490's flash unit and AF Assist lamp (mentioned above). The flash shoots in a variety of modes: Auto, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Shutter Sync: 1st curtain, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Smart Flash Exposure. Since the camera runs on AA batteries, the flash is slow to recharge, taking around 10 seconds.

The flash range at ISO Auto is:

  • Wide: 1-9.8 ft./30cm-3.0m
  • Tele: 1-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m






canon_a490_back.jpgFraming and Viewing your images is done on the camera's 2.5-inch, 115,000 dot LCD screen. This is a lower resolution screen, and it can be tough to see in bright light or direct sunlight.



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Controls on the back: Top is the zoom control which also functions as the magnified playback and index mode when in play mode. The Playback button switches the camera back and forth between REC and PLAY modes. Next is the 4-way selector, which is used to navigate menu screens and select images for playback. In record mode the 'Up' button changes the exposure compensation, 'Left' enables the macro focus modes, 'Right' changes the flash mode and the 'Down' button enables the self-timer. The OK/FUNCtion button accepts menu selections and gives access to the Function shortcut menu. The Mode dial has has been replaced with camera and playback buttons. Finally the MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system.









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The I/O ports: A/V output for television (NTSC or PAL). The DIGITAL port connects USB 2.0 to the computer for downloading. It also allows for Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer. DC IN jack for an optional AC power supply.













canon_a490_sd.jpgThe A490 accepts SD and SDHC type memory cards as well as MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus, HC MMC Plus Cards. Shown above is a SanDisk Ultra II, 15MB/s, 4GB SDHC memory card.

Approx. Storage Capacities:
Number of Recordable Images
  Large (L) Medium 1 (M1) Medium 2 (M2) Medium 3 (M3)
F N F N F N F N
File Size (KB) 2,565 1,226 1,620 780 1,116 556 558 278
4GB 1,471 3,017 2,320 4,641 3,352 6,352 6,352 12,069
16GB 6,026 12,354 9,503 19,007 13,727 26,010 26,010 49,420

  Small (S) Widescreen (W)
F N F N
File Size (KB) 150 84 1,920 918
4GB 20,116 30,174 1,978 4,022
16GB 82,367 123,550 8,101 16,473
Time of Recordable Movies
  Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap
640 x 480 320 x 240
30 (29.97) fps 30 (29.97) fps LP 30 (29.97) fps
Movie size (KB/sec.) 1,932 972 672
4GB 32 min. 26 sec. 1 hr. 02 min. 51 sec. 1 hr. 31 min. 25 sec.
16GB 2 hr. 12 min. 50 sec. 4 hr. 17 min. 23 sec. 6 hr. 14 min. 23 sec.
Note: N=Normal F=Fine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.







canon_a490_batteries.jpgPowering the A490 is are standard AA-type batteries. Either standard Alkaline or Ni-MH batteries can be used, which means that extra batteries can be picked up almost anywhere you are. Canon claims that the camera is able to capture 150 shots with Alkaline or 400 shots with Ni-MH batteries in compliance with CIPA standards.

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