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Canon PowerShot A490 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Canon PowerShot A490 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 112 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 0.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Image4.3   average
Light4.1   average
Price4.1   below average
Quality3.7   below average
Battery2.9   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"However, the battery door snap broke (as mentioned by at least one other reviewer), and I had to hold it closed with a rubber band thereafter - poor design."
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"The biggest problem, however, was the battery life."
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"The battery and memory card cover is typically flimsy -- why can't camera manufacturers make one of the most frequently used components a little sturdier?"
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"Flimsy battery compartment door."
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"The battery life isn't great with cheap batteries or the ones provided."
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"Pro'sThis camera uses AA batteries which are simple to find and easily rechargeableThe photo quality is very good under decent lightingThe video quality is OK, seeing as it is 640 by 480The UI is simple enough, however Canon still added those scene modes which I find are completely unnecessaryGreat value - the quality is very good for the priceConsFlash takes forever to recycleBuild is a bit cheapPhotos get easily overexposed when the camera is zoomed out for some reasonBottom lineWell, considering that I got this camera over a year ago for half the price that amazon currently sells it, I am very happy."
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"The battery life is fabulous and I love that it doesn't use the fancy shmancy batteries that are such a headache when traveling."
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"Batteries needed to be replaced rather soon, but all in all, it is a great little camera for the price."
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"Carrying a couple of batteries is easy."
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Image

Image:
"The UI is mostly easy to use, however there are a couple of confusions: for example, when you push the Photo Video button you get modes such as Program and Scene as well, which can confuse the inexperienced user."
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"I swear like a truck driver every time I use it.. it takes HORRIBLE pictures unless the object you are taking a picture of is perfectly still... my 3 kids are not that subject.. NOT a good pick if you want pics of the kids doing things, can't even get an acceptable pic if they are sitting.."
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"o Not so good in low-light conditionsThere is no image stabilization in this camera so low-light photos will be blurry in some cases - be careful of lighting..Overall a good beginners camera but be ready to upgrade - especially if you drop it hard."
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"Takes Great pics and has other good features"
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"it is easy to use and takes good pics."
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"If I wanted a camera with the image stabilizer and good videos then I would have gotten a better camera."
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"Pro'sThis camera uses AA batteries which are simple to find and easily rechargeableThe photo quality is very good under decent lightingThe video quality is OK, seeing as it is 640 by 480The UI is simple enough, however Canon still added those scene modes which I find are completely unnecessaryGreat value - the quality is very good for the priceConsFlash takes forever to recycleBuild is a bit cheapPhotos get easily overexposed when the camera is zoomed out for some reasonBottom lineWell, considering that I got this camera over a year ago for half the price that amazon currently sells it, I am very happy."
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"i don't really bother with the scenery modes (except firework), since they actually make it harder to get a nice pic- i find myself relying on the manual program mode, esp macro+vivid color balance, which for the most part yields amazingly clear, bright pics, enough to make some people ask me whether i used a dslr to take them."
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Light

Light:
"as far as i can tell, the low light mode is terrible- just turn on a light change up the settings."
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"The camera seems a bit flimsy, but that may be just a feeling due to its extremely light weight and tiny size."
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"I like this camera because it is cheap and light weight and takes good pictures."
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"Good light sensitivity (can take indoor pics with confident).The only thing that cause little annoyance is the responsiveness."
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"It's very light and easy to use, I recomend it for home photos."
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"It takes great photos , is light and travels well, simple timer, and is easy to use ."
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")sleek and pretty10 megapixelsCONS:Material is VERY, VERY, VERY CHEAPIts so light that I don't think it will survive a drop of any kind."
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Price

Price:
"Hard to beat for the price."
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"It is acceptable quality camera but still not as good as other canon compact range camerasBut not bad for a good cheap price"
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"Cheap and annoying camera!"
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"The battery life isn't great with cheap batteries or the ones provided."
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"Overall, not perfect, but quite worth the price."
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"Great camera for the price!"
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"Inexpensive and fairly priced as other sellers have taken advantage of people looking to DIY their own NDVI solution."
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"I like this camera because it is cheap and light weight and takes good pictures."
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"Still and all these are good cameras for the money."
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"Picture quality is great for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"It is acceptable quality camera but still not as good as other canon compact range camerasBut not bad for a good cheap price"
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"It broke after only 3 months and the picture quality was terrible and hard to install."
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"Not a very good quality."
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"Picture quality is ok, though I would not use this to record a video, the quality is horrible."
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"Overall, it feels very cheaply built, and the pictures are not that great quality."
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"I had purchased less expensive one ($50 + -), but the picture quality was terrible."
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"Picture quality is great for the price."
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"The zoom feature is great and I love the picture quality."
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"However, if you're looking for a reliable camera to take quality pictures, spend a bit more and go with a Nikon Coolpix!"
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"Pro'sThis camera uses AA batteries which are simple to find and easily rechargeableThe photo quality is very good under decent lightingThe video quality is OK, seeing as it is 640 by 480The UI is simple enough, however Canon still added those scene modes which I find are completely unnecessaryGreat value - the quality is very good for the priceConsFlash takes forever to recycleBuild is a bit cheapPhotos get easily overexposed when the camera is zoomed out for some reasonBottom lineWell, considering that I got this camera over a year ago for half the price that amazon currently sells it, I am very happy."
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Size

Size:
"the picture size is big but it doesn't guaranty good quality."
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"It travels well also because of its size."
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"magnificent size."
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"I take it with me everywhere, so I am able to capture the memories :) Pictures come out quite nice & it's a good size screen too."
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"She loves it because it is small enough to fit into her purse where it is readily available."
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"The LCD screen is small but pretty sharp."
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Video

Video:
"Picture quality is ok, though I would not use this to record a video, the quality is horrible."
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"The UI is mostly easy to use, however there are a couple of confusions: for example, when you push the Photo Video button you get modes such as Program and Scene as well, which can confuse the inexperienced user."
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"If I wanted a camera with the image stabilizer and good videos then I would have gotten a better camera."
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"I chose this one because of its price, and because certain youtube videos demonstrated that the UI which was simple and clear."
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"Pro'sThis camera uses AA batteries which are simple to find and easily rechargeableThe photo quality is very good under decent lightingThe video quality is OK, seeing as it is 640 by 480The UI is simple enough, however Canon still added those scene modes which I find are completely unnecessaryGreat value - the quality is very good for the priceConsFlash takes forever to recycleBuild is a bit cheapPhotos get easily overexposed when the camera is zoomed out for some reasonBottom lineWell, considering that I got this camera over a year ago for half the price that amazon currently sells it, I am very happy."
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"If you've got a newer iPhone, especially one with video, invest in a decent case with a strap."
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"GREAT video recording, too!"
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