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Canon PowerShot A490 - Test Shots - Detail And Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith


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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.


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.


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


The lens produces visible distortion at wide angle.


Centre sharpness is actually pretty good.


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


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April 2, 2010, 2:49 am

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


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.


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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