Canon A495

 
Canon PowerShot A495 front
 
  • 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
  • Launched January 2010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
10
Overall
25

Canon A495 overview

Canon A495 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera initially launched on January of 2010. It has got a 10 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The A495 ranks at #251 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all-around #1203 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can try out our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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Canon A495 family

The Canon A495 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-A1400 front thumbnailCanon A1400
A495 vs A1400
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-A2500 front thumbnailCanon A2500
A495 vs A2500
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-A3500-IS front thumbnailCanon A3500 IS
A495 vs A3500 IS
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-A2300 front thumbnailCanon A2300
A495 vs A2300
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-A810 front thumbnailCanon A810
A495 vs A810
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-A3400-IS front thumbnailCanon A3400 IS
A495 vs A3400 IS
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Canon-PowerShot-A4000-IS front thumbnailCanon A4000 IS
A495 vs A4000 IS
28-224mm
F3.0-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-A1300 front thumbnailCanon A1300
A495 vs A1300
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-A2400-IS front thumbnailCanon A2400 IS
A495 vs A2400 IS
28-140mm
F2.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-A1200 front thumbnailCanon A1200
A495 vs A1200
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-A3300-IS front thumbnailCanon A3300 IS
A495 vs A3300 IS
28-140mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Canon-PowerShot-A3200-IS front thumbnailCanon A3200 IS
A495 vs A3200 IS
28-140mm
F
14MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-A2200 front thumbnailCanon A2200
A495 vs A2200
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-A800 front thumbnailCanon A800
A495 vs A800
37-122mm
F3.0-5.8
10MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-A3100-IS front thumbnailCanon A3100 IS
A495 vs A3100 IS
35-140mm
F2.7-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-A3000-IS front thumbnailCanon A3000 IS
A495 vs A3000 IS
35-140mm
F2.7-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-A490 front thumbnailCanon A490
A495 vs A490
37-122mm
F3.0-5.8
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-A495 front thumbnailCanon A49537-122mm
F3.0-5.8
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-A1100-IS front thumbnailCanon A1100 IS
A495 vs A1100 IS
35-140mm
F2.7-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-PowerShot-A2100-IS front thumbnailCanon A2100 IS
A495 vs A2100 IS
36-216mm
F3.2-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009

Canon A495 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of positives and negatives of the Canon A495 based on factors that are typically seen as crucial in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (37-122mm 3.3 x zoom)
has built in flash
very good min ISO (80)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW support
lack of HDMI port
lack of headphone port
lack of image stabilization
lack of microphone port
lack of Timelapse recording
low resolution screen (115 thousand dot)
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
manual exposure not possible
manual focus not available
max zoom aperture not good (f5.8)
megapixel count low (10MP)
no aperture priority mode
no shutter priority
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
screen does not articulate
screen is small (2.5")
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
wide angle not the best (37mm)
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Canon A495 Sensor features

The sensor size on the Canon A495 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 10MP and provides a native ISO range of 80 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The picture below shows the A495's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The A495 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A495 dimensions

Canon A495 weighs about 0.39 pounds (175 gr / 6.17 oz) & has outer size of 94mm x 62mm x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Canon A495 is very similar as compared to other competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Canon A495 next to a soft drink to help you get a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot A495 dimensions scale

The top view here will show you the button design on the A495.

Canon PowerShot A495 topview buttons dials

Canon A495 Lens features

The A495 houses a fixed lens offering a focal range of 37-122mm making it a 3.3 x zoom which is not at all huge nevertheless it will probably be helpful in some circumstances.

At it's widest 37mm, it has an aperture of f3.0 which is pretty sluggish and not good for low light occasions and you will likely find it hard to get good bokeh. You will probably also have to raise your ISO setting leading to noisy photographs. With the long end, 122mm comes to f5.8 which is quite slow and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Canon A495 Connectivity

The A495 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras with NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and usually alter camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Canon A495 Video features

The highest video resolution on the Canon A495 is 640 x 480 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 480p is low for today's requirements. You should really go for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The body doesn't include a microphone or headphone port so you have got absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to have a look at an alternative camera should you need decent sound for your video clips.

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Canon A495 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Canon A495 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Canon A495 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon A495 has got a 2.5 inch fixed display having a resolution of 115 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications for Canon A495 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders can be rather helpful.

Canon A495 Shutter features

Canon A495 has the ability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon A495 Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon A495 has just in-built flash without external flash ability.

Canon A495 Autofocus features

Canon A495 has only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing.

It has got 9 focus points to select from. Canon A495 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be good in low light or you require more accurate control on focus.

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Canon A495 Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest (470) battery life in this category of cameras.

Following is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:

Canon A495 for different kinds of photography

The following diagram shows a summation of the Canon A495 for different kinds of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Canon A495

The Canon A495 gets a score of 21 which is terrible, meaning that it is just not very good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support and flexibility to use external lighting.

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no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Canon A495 Street photography features

Coming in at a modest points total of 46, the Canon A495 is relatively adequate to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Canon A495 Sports photography details

A terrible sports photography rating of 17 means the Canon A495 is just not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Canon A495 Travel photography features

Weight is very crucial in buying a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon A495 gets a average 50 for a travel camera which makes it fairly suitable for your vacations.

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built-in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
low MP (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
slow max aperture (f3.0)

Canon A495 Landscape photography info

For anybody planning to choose a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Canon A495 with it's terrible score of 23 as a landscape camera is just not very good within the current market.

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manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
manual mode not available
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Timelapse recording

Vlogging with Canon A495

A camera for vlogging really should offer a articulating display screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Canon A495 is just not very good for vlogging as it gets a terrible score of 22.

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wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone socket

Canon A495 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the A495, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph listed below offers you a bird's eye view of the A495 vs it's highest scored competitors shown earlier.

These are some more cameras you may regard as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot A495
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Launched
2010-01-05
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
1600
Min native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
37-122mm (3.3x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.0-5.8
Macro focusing distance
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
2.5"
Display resolution
115 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
15 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
3.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
640x480
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
175 grams (0.39 lb)
Dimensions
94 x 62 x 31mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2")
Other
Battery ID
2 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom, Face)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Storage slots
One
Retail cost
$109