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Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490

Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
29
Overall
35
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot A490 front
Portability
93
Imaging
33
Features
10
Overall
23

Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490 Key Specs

Canon A4000 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 145g - 95 x 56 x 24mm
  • Announced February 2012
Canon A490
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-122mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 62 x 31mm
  • Released January 2010
Photography Glossary

Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490 Overview

Let's look closer at the Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both sold by Canon. There exists a considerable gap among the resolutions of the A4000 IS (16MP) and A490 (10MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The A4000 IS was announced 2 years after the A490 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a in depth comparison, below is a quick summary of how the A4000 IS grades versus the A490 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon A4000 IS over the Canon A490

 A4000 IS A490 
ReleasedFebruary 2012January 2010Newer by 26 months
Screen dimension3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution230k115kCrisper screen (+115k dot)

Reasons to pick Canon A490 over the Canon A4000 IS

 A490 A4000 IS 

Common features in the Canon A4000 IS and Canon A490

 A4000 IS A490 
Focus manually No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither contains Touch screen

Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera, you will want to think about its weight and volume. The Canon A4000 IS has got outside dimensions of 95mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Canon A490 has sizing of 94mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you choose at the time. Here is the front view proportions comparison of the A4000 IS and the A490.

Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A4000 IS and A490 is 95 and 93 respectively.

Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490 top view buttons comparison

Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its hard to see the contrast in sensor dimensions simply by looking through specifications. The pic here might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the A4000 IS and A490.

To sum up, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You can count on the Canon A4000 IS to render extra detail with its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The more modern A4000 IS will have an edge in sensor innovation.

Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490 sensor size comparison

Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A4000 IS Portrait photography information
Canon A490 Portrait photography information
34
decent megapixels (16MP)
includes face detect autofocus
no manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
19
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon A4000 IS as a Street photography camera
Canon A490 as a Street photography camera
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
46
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon A4000 IS
Sports photography with Canon A490
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery pack (175 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus
16
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon A4000 IS Travel photography highlights
Canon A490 Travel photography highlights
62
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
low battery pack (175 shots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
50
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (37mm)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A4000 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Canon A490 as a Landscape photography camera
41
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual exposure
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
low battery pack (175 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
22
no manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (37mm)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A4000 IS as a Vlogging camera
Canon A490 as a Vlogging camera
31
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have microphone socket
21
wide angle not great (37mm)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have external mic port
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Canon A4000 IS vs Canon A490 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A4000 IS and Canon A490
 Canon PowerShot A4000 ISCanon PowerShot A490
General Information
Make Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Canon PowerShot A490
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-02-07 2010-01-05
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 5
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-224mm (8.0x) 37-122mm (3.3x)
Largest aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/3.0-5.8
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 2.5 inch
Screen resolution 230k dot 115k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15s 15s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.00 m 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 145 grams (0.32 lbs) 175 grams (0.39 lbs)
Dimensions 95 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 94 x 62 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 175 pictures -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-11L 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom, Face)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Storage slots One One
Price at release $199 $99