The Powershot A495 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
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)
In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to illuminate the subject for accurate focusing.
Here you can see the A495'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
Framing and Viewing your images on the A495 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.
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'
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.
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.
The A495 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.
Number of Recordable Images
Medium 1 (M1)
Medium 2 (M2)
Medium 3 (M3)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
Time of Recordable Movies
Color Accent, Color Swap
320 x 240
30 (29.97) fps
30 (29.97) fps LP
30 (29.97) fps
Movie size (KB/sec.)
32 min. 26 sec.
1 hr. 02 min. 51 sec.
1 hr. 31 min. 25 sec.
2 hr. 12 min. 50
4 hr. 17 min. 23
6 hr. 14 min. 23
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.
Powering the A495 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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