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Canon PowerShot A490 - Test Shots - Detail And Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

6

A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality.

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Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click for the full sized image. The downloadable file is approximately 4.2MB.

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The level of detail is pretty poor compared to other 10MP models.

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The lens produces visible distortion at wide angle.

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Centre sharpness is actually pretty good.

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Corner sharpness isn't too bad either, but there is some chromatic aberration.

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Splogbust

April 2, 2010, 2:49 am

Was giving 7/10 it for image quality another April Fool joke?

ThatOne

April 2, 2010, 8:56 pm

Good to read a review that takes into account the price and the target market of the camera. The mark-down on build quality is well-deserved: there is no excuse for making plastic mouldings that do not meet and hold neatly and firmly. Canon have made a minuscule and inappropriate "economy" on that one, even at this price point.

longroad

July 9, 2011, 3:14 am

"There are much better cameras available for just £20 more"

What are they?
I have the impression that you have taken this test a mistake and you are not able to evaluate it through. You have made ​​some macro photography? You have compared the series of the same Canon 2000 and 3000? The A490 has superb image quality and superior digital cameras that constantly 4 -5 times as much. I'm sorry, but if you make these comparisons do not mind that it is a camera for 50 euros, you can not judge it. For me it is a 10/10

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