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Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50

Portability
93
Imaging
33
Features
10
Overall
23
Canon PowerShot A495 front
 
Olympus SH-50 front
Portability
88
Imaging
40
Features
48
Overall
43

Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50 Key Specs

Canon A495
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-122mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 62 x 31mm
  • Revealed January 2010
Olympus SH-50
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 269g - 112 x 63 x 42mm
  • Released January 2013
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Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50 Overview

Let's take a deeper look at the Canon A495 versus Olympus SH-50, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Canon and Olympus. There exists a huge gap between the resolutions of the A495 (10MP) and SH-50 (16MP) but both cameras have the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The A495 was announced 4 years before the SH-50 and that is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the A495 matches up vs the SH-50 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon A495 over the Olympus SH-50

 A495 SH-50 

Reasons to pick Olympus SH-50 over the Canon A495

 SH-50 A495 
ReleasedJanuary 2013January 2010Fresher by 36 months
Manual focus Very exact focus
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k115kClearer screen (+345k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon A495 and Olympus SH-50

 A495 SH-50 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera often, you should take into account its weight and dimensions. The Canon A495 provides exterior measurements of 94mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") accompanied by a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Olympus SH-50 has dimensions of 112mm x 63mm x 42mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you use during that time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the A495 against the SH-50.

Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A495 and SH-50 is 93 and 88 respectively.

Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50 top view buttons comparison

Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor sizing merely by reading a spec sheet. The graphic below will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the A495 and SH-50.

Clearly, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You should expect the Olympus SH-50 to deliver more detail with its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The older A495 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50 sensor size comparison

Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A495 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus SH-50 as a Portrait photography camera
19
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
44
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
can't use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon A495 Street photography info
Olympus SH-50 Street photography info
46
fixed screen
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
64
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides focus by touch
lighter than competition in class (269g)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon A495 Sports photography highlights
Olympus SH-50 Sports photography highlights
16
slow frames per second (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
48
great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon A495
Travel photography with Olympus SH-50
50
flash built-in
no Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (37mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
69
lighter than competition in class (269g)
provides focus by touch
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
long zoom (600mm)
missing Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A495 Landscape photography details
Olympus SH-50 Landscape photography details
22
no manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (37mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
manual mode not possible
no image stabilization
low megapixels (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Time Lapse mode
49
has manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A495 Vlogging information
Olympus SH-50 Vlogging information
21
wide angle not great (37mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
no mic socket
34
decently wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (269 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone support
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Canon A495 vs Olympus SH-50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A495 and Olympus SH-50
 Canon PowerShot A495Olympus SH-50
General Information
Brand Name Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot A495 Olympus SH-50
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2010-01-05 2013-01-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - TruePic VI
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 125
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 37-122mm (3.3x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-5.8 f/3.0-6.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 115 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.00 m 4.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 175 gr (0.39 lbs) 269 gr (0.59 lbs)
Physical dimensions 94 x 62 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2") 112 x 63 x 42mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.7")
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 model 2 x AA SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom, Face) Yes (2 or 12 sec, Pet Auto Shutter)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $109 $300