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Canon PowerShot A495 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD (Red) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Canon PowerShot A495 10.0 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD (Red)
Report Date: 10/29/2015
Based on 209 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 6.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Video5.0   above average
Photo4.8   above average
Quality4.7   above average
Size4.7   above average
Image4.5   above average
Price4.5   average
Light3.5   below average
Speed3.5   average
Battery2.7   below average
Lens2.1   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"ONE bothersome problem - the battery compartment lid tends to pop open if you aren't careful handling it."
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"It is very annoying and you will have stress thinking your camera will run out of battery in an important event where you need to take a ton of pictures."
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"The camera will accept your batteries for a couple of a hundred pictures, you replace the batteries a couple of times, but then after that for more that you try to replace batteries the camera will tell you the batteries are not good."
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"Its only problem is that after a year or so the battery gate does not close on its own."
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"The batteries are the problem."
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"It doesn't chew threw batteries, and it takes a good quality picture."
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"So, while the picture quality is great and handling the camera is very straightforward and easy, battery life is a terrible factor working against that."
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"use the good batteries with this camera, the extra durable not the cheap store brands."
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"Pictures are good with it, when you remember to put fresh batteries in it."
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"Uses 2 AA batteries and it lasts a reasonable time."
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Flash

Flash:
"I like this camera, the only problem is sometimes it takes a while to take a picture with flash because it takes sometime after a flash for the screen to get back again to take another picture."
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"My only complaint is that it takes about 8 seconds for the flash to recharge (FYI - I use rechargable batteries that give me up to 200 flash shots)."
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"It flashes busy on the LCD screen and it is frustrating when you are waiting to take another shot."
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"Just when you want to take the best picture you get the message that your flash is recharging and by then the shot you wanted to take is gone."
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"In daylight, the pictures were very good and night snaps with the flash were OK with expected levels of noise."
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"In less than ideal lighting conditions these options will allow you to get great results without a flash."
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"But I would have liked the extra power of an external flash to allow greater distance for low light photography."
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"This camera has very good macro capabilities, with or without flash."
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Image

Image:
"The only lack is image stabilization which is a problem only if you are taking pictures at slow shutter speeds without camera support."
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"Hate the battery use however, love the pics...60 40"
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"You won't regret getting this camera unless you are looking for a professional SLR Digital or something far beyond the needs of a mere mortal who just wants to take good pics without a huge hassle."
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"After only 2 hours with the camera I am confident in how to use it and the photo quality is very impressive.. Well worth the price."
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"this camera is great in it genre is located, has a good image quality and the photographic modes are a good automatic option for to get some artistic pictures."
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"And the photo quality is great for the price."
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"Either way, I really wished I was able to take more pics."
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Lens

Lens:
"I went with the Kodak EasyshareKodak Easyshare C1505 12 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom - Red due to its non zoom lens less moving parts to fail."
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"It started to show a lens error and then the len would not retract."
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"Problem 2: Lens sometimes makes a funny sound when opening, zooming, and closing."
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"The second day it said lens error and in troubleshotting was not able to get the lens to open or camera to stay on."
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"Lens zooms in and out slowly with a weird sound and not smoothly."
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"Thus far, the pictures come out quite clear and she likes he little zoom of the lens."
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"Buy a camera with good glass used in the lens."
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"Pros:-Simple and easy to use out of the box-Uses 2 AA batteries, easily replaceable-Takes great pictures in high light-Macro function works well-The camera is small and light - fits well into pockets-Controls are easy to useCons:-Lense movement is crude and noisy compared to higher-end point-and-shoot cameras-Picture quality is noisy in low light-Viewer display resolution is acceptable but low-end"
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"It has the same lens as the Canon A480 & a well known British camera magazine gave that camera a rating of 93%, mainly because of its excellent image quality."
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"Update: Maybe I got an extra good lens, but the photos this little camera takes in full auto mode are amazing."
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Light

Light:
"It also is not great in low light level, but for the price it's a great buy."
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"Over the years I've grown used to the fact, point and shoots don't take good low light pictures, so I wasn't expecting a lot."
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"There is no option for spontaneous photos if its not perfect light."
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"It is sometimes hard to compose your shot in very bright sun light also."
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"Good as Video Camera and Great as a Camera, Need a tripod in low light or Zoom role."
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"As long as you have light, this camera is good to go."
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"It is very light and efficient and easy to carry around."
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"Pros:-Simple and easy to use out of the box-Uses 2 AA batteries, easily replaceable-Takes great pictures in high light-Macro function works well-The camera is small and light - fits well into pockets-Controls are easy to useCons:-Lense movement is crude and noisy compared to higher-end point-and-shoot cameras-Picture quality is noisy in low light-Viewer display resolution is acceptable but low-end"
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"Compact, light, easy to use, attractive."
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Photo

Photo:
"There is no option for spontaneous photos if its not perfect light."
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"It's a really good camera with great video and very clean photos."
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"I have since bought a DSLR but find when I go for walks I just grab this and the photos come out great."
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"Overall, I'd say this is a good starter camera for most people who are not professionals or just want to take some family photos without all the fancier or hard to understand directions that other digital cameras may have."
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"It's got a nice look and can take photos up to 10Mpxl, as well as video."
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"Unless you hold it perfectly still, the photos can be blurry."
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Price

Price:
"Takes horrible pictures and not worth the money."
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"Big mistake on the inexpensive part, canon is great, but stay away from their products that require you to place AA-AAA batteries."
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"It also is not great in low light level, but for the price it's a great buy."
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"It's cheap, and easily replaced if lost or damaged."
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"The terrific price I got became not so terrific."
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"Big mistake on the inexpensive part, canon is great, but stay away from their products that require you to place AA-AAA batteries."
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"use the good batteries with this camera, the extra durable not the cheap store brands."
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"I would recommend this camera for anybody who wants an inexpensive camera, just to shoot pictures in the day time."
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"Great prices, good product!"
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"Unless you're willing to pay with lots of frustration that moments and memories you wanted have instead slipped away, choose one of the many better products available at reasonable prices."
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Quality

Quality:
"Not super excellent quality and takes a few seconds to refresh the batteries when using the flash."
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"The bulky design of the camera is not an issue for me but the picture quality is not good and not sharp."
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"The picture quality is horrible."
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"I would recommend it to anyone wanting a good quality, no nonsense camera."
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"It doesn't chew threw batteries, and it takes a good quality picture."
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"Picture quality is very good and it's also possible to shoot some short video footage."
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"So, while the picture quality is great and handling the camera is very straightforward and easy, battery life is a terrible factor working against that."
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"Absolutely great digital camera with high quality results."
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Size

Size:
"Uses AA batteries which take a few seconds to recharge between shots, but the simplicity of use makes this a very small complaint."
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"It takes nice pictures for its size."
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"I bought this one because it had better megapixels than other small cameras I have and because it fits so well in my purse."
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"Takes great pictures, is small, and didn't cost me all that much."
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"Pros:-Simple and easy to use out of the box-Uses 2 AA batteries, easily replaceable-Takes great pictures in high light-Macro function works well-The camera is small and light - fits well into pockets-Controls are easy to useCons:-Lense movement is crude and noisy compared to higher-end point-and-shoot cameras-Picture quality is noisy in low light-Viewer display resolution is acceptable but low-end"
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"I bought the camera because a) it was pretty cheap and well reviewed b)it uses AA batteries so I wouldn't need to charge in the wild c) the size was acceptableWith a good set of rechargeables the camera easily met the factory claims for pictures."
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Speed

Speed:
"The only lack is image stabilization which is a problem only if you are taking pictures at slow shutter speeds without camera support."
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"This camera was way too slow and inadequate in its usage."
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"Honestly, who would want to snap their pictures super fast, but not have any of them turn out nice?"
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"I love the color and the zoom it easy and fast!"
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"We love the easy use, the speed doesn't matter because it is for my son and he can take time to take photo he likes."
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"It starts up fairly fast and take great photos in auto mode."
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"The camera is slow to take pictures (before and after the drops), but the resolution is adequate."
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"It's pretty slow between taking photos and the battery life is pretty short with regular AA batteries."
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Value

Value:
"Not the best camera but it may be the best value camera."
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"Overall, it is a very good value, especially since I got it on an Amazon-sale for $49."
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"all this for the value that you are paying is a good choice."
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"For the price this camera is an amazing value."
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"Great value for the money and we got it on sale! "
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"A very good value for the price."
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Video

Video:
"Good as Video Camera and Great as a Camera, Need a tripod in low light or Zoom role."
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"It's a really good camera with great video and very clean photos."
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"Picture quality is very good and it's also possible to shoot some short video footage."
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"No problem at all, just point ant shoot and get perfect pictures and good video."
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"It's got a nice look and can take photos up to 10Mpxl, as well as video."
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