Canon PowerShot A495 Digital Camera - Blue (10MP, 3.3x Optical Zoom) 2.5 Inch TFT Screen £59.99 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Best price yet for a very good quality Canon compact with good reviews.

Quality 10.0 Megapixel imaging
A 10.0 Megapixel sensor gives you the detail needed for superb, large-scale prints, or creatively cropping shots to perfection.

3.3X optical zoom
The 3.3x optical zoom lens is designed and manufactured by Canon to the high standards found throughout the Canon photographic range. In combination with digital zoom, magnification of up to 13x can be achieved.

6.2cm (2.5") LCD
A bright, 6.2cm (2.5") LCD lets you frame, review and share shots comfortably.

Smart Auto mode
Designed to let everyone take great shots, Smart Auto mode uses Scene Detection Technology to determine the shooting scene from subject brightness, contrast, distance and overall hue. The camera selects the scene type from 18 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output. Smart Auto mode also includes Smart Flash Exposure, which intelligently adjusts flash settings for optimum results.

Attractive and easy
Available in three colours*, the PowerShot A495 features a slim, lightweight design and simple, intuitive button layout that lets users of all ages start taking pictures right away.

16 shooting modes
A selection of 16 shooting modes includes Low Light, for great shots in darker conditions; Super Vivid, which adds vibrant colours to your photos; and Poster Effect, which creatively reduces the number of colours for a retro, poster-like effect.

Face Detection Technology
A suite of Face Detection technologies detects multiple faces in a scene and adjusts focus, exposure, flash settings and white balance - for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones. FaceSelf-Timer makes group photos easy, taking a shot after an extra face enters the frame. Auto Red-Eye Correction identifies and removes the red-eye effect that can occur when shooting with flash.

DIGIC III
As well as powering intelligent camera technologies such as Smart Auto, Canon's DIGIC III processor ensures fast response times, superb image quality, advanced noise reduction and accurate colour reproduction.

Motion Detection Technology
Activated in Smart Auto mode, Motion Detection Technology ascertains movement in the shooting scene. The optimal ISO level is then automatically set, to minimise blur and maximise image quality.

Long Play Movies
Supplement your still images with fun 30fps VGA movie clips with sound. A Long Play mode lets you store twice as much footage on the camera's memory card.

Box Contains
Digital Camera A495
Wrist Strap WS-800
2 AA-size Alkaline Batteries
AV Cable AVC-DC300
Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (for USB)
User Manual Kit
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#1
The A490 which has a few less features - although none that you're likely to miss - is also available for this price at Argos Just in case people are in a hurry to get a cheapy camera.

The features list of both cameras can be found here at dpreview

Edited By: greencode on Oct 06, 2010 23:31: Added link
#2
Good price. I would definitely buy f it wasn't for the AAs.
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Good price. I would definitely buy f it wasn't for the AAs.


I've never understood what the problem is with using AA batteries.

Yes, if you're only going to use disposable alkalines, then it works out a lot more expensive, but a couple of rechargeable NiMh's will only cost a pound or two and will give 300+ shots from a camera like this (I know, I used to own a very similar Canon - they are particularly good for how many shots you'll get out of them). AA's also have the advantage that if you are stuck somewhere without your charger and run out of battery power, you can very easily get some alkalines and you're up and running again. Also,if you use the camera so much that the rechargeable batteries need replacing a replacement proprietary camera battery will normally cost a lot more than a couple of rechargeable AA's.

There are advantages and disadvantages both ways.

Edited By: andyken on Oct 07, 2010 08:34: .
#4
Agreed, I'd never buy a camera that wont take cheap rechargable AA's, why lock yourself into an expensive rechargable camera battery.
#5
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Good price. I would definitely buy f it wasn't for the AAs.


I've never understood what the problem is with using AA batteries.

Yes, if you're only going to use disposable alkalines, then it works out a lot more expensive, but a couple of rechargeable NiMh's will only cost a pound or two and will give 300+ shots from a camera like this (I know, I used to own a very similar Canon - they are particularly good for how many shots you'll get out of them). AA's also have the advantage that if you are stuck somewhere without your charger and run out of battery power, you can very easily get some alkalines and you're up and running again. Also,if you use the camera so much that the rechargeable batteries need replacing a replacement proprietary camera battery will normally cost a lot more than a couple of rechargeable AA's.

There are advantages and disadvantages both ways.


Agree ... taking AAs is high on the list of requirements for me ... as a family we have 4 cameras all of which take AAs, I've invesed in a decent charger and some sets of Eneloops so I just need to have a set (or two) of charged spares in my main camera bag and that basically sorts to issue of running out of charge.
#6
Very good find - exactly what i was looking for. THANK YOU
#7
By all means go down the rechargeable route - it's definitely the cheapest way if you're organised enough or circumstances allow - but if not consider something like Energizer Lithium at about £1 a battery. My wife got about 600 photos from a pair (about 50% flash) on a recent holiday when charging wasn't an option...
#8
excellent price but I'm still looking for a good deal on one with image stabilisation.
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Ozzie
excellent price but I'm still looking for a good deal on one with image stabilisation.


Its something of a balance, what you choose to go for. I used to own a Canon Powershot (along the lines of the A495) without image stabilisation and I was always impressed with the excellent image quality, although I did get the occasional shot which exhibited camera shake, which tended to bug me a bit.

I have since sold the Canon and upgraded to a Pentax SLR, but I also recently bought a fairly cheap Panasonic compact camera on special offer at around £50 (for times when I didn't wan't to bother with the SLR) one of the big attractions of which was that it has optical image stabilisation.

Obviously the SLR is considerably better than either of the compacts, but although I almost never get a blurred shot from the Panasonic, the image quality is actually nowhere near as good as the Canon was. Ok, the (very occasional) shot with the Canon was no good because of camera shake, but in all honesty, this was maybe 1 in 20 of the shots I took and the other 19 were all much better than the 20 out of 20 sharp shots I can get out of the Panasonic.

The A495 hasn't got image stabilisation, but I am willing to bet that another camera at anywhere near this price which uses a large chunk of its budget on providing decent image stabilisation (by which I mean optical image stabilisation - digital image stabilisation just ramps up the ISO and massively reduces the image quality) is not going to be a patch on the image quality of the Canon.

Frankly I have decided I would rather have 19 excellent shots than 20 mediocre ones.

Several of the reviews of the A495 assessed it when it first came out and the price was around £130 and concluded that the picture quality is comparable with a camera costing twice as much, i.e. a £260 camera - that's something that can very definitely not be said about my £50 Panasonic, even with its optical image stabilisation.


Edited By: andyken on Oct 07, 2010 21:54: .

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