As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot A490 is also often compared to mirrorless, ultra compacts, pro digicams and digicams. The Canon PowerShot A490's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot A480 and the PowerShot A590 IS) and Olympus (such as the FE-240 and the FE-5050)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A490 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7"), is much larger (compact (94×62×31 mm) vs super compact (94×57×23 mm)), is older (january 2010 vs august 2010) and is thicker (1.2" vs 0.9").

Canon PowerShot A480

Canon PowerShot A480
1 year older
$225

Significant advantages of the A480 (vs the A490)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A480 (vs the A490)

  • None found

common strengths of the A480 and A490

  • Very small: Compact (92×62×31 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Very light: 140 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.2"

Olympus FE-5050

Olympus FE-5050
7 months newer

Significant advantages of the FE-5050 (vs the A490)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×56×22 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the FE-5050 (vs the A490)

  • None found

common strengths of the FE-5050 and A490

  • Very small: Super compact (93×56×22 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Very light: 146 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.2"

Nikon Coolpix S2700

Nikon Coolpix S2700
3 years newer
$241

Significant advantages of the S2700 (vs the A490)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×58×21 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the S2700 (vs the A490)

  • None found

common strengths of the S2700 and A490

  • Very small: Super compact (95×58×21 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Very light: 125 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.2"

Canon PowerShot A495

Canon PowerShot A495
similar age
$112

Significant advantages of the A495 (vs the A490)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A495 (vs the A490)

  • None found

common strengths of the A495 and A490

  • Very small: Compact (94×62×31 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Very light: 175 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.2"

Canon PowerShot A2200

Canon PowerShot A2200
1 year newer
$179

Significant advantages of the A2200 (vs the A490)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 37 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (94×56×23 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the A2200 (vs the A490)

  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the A2200 and A490

  • Very small: Super compact (94×56×23 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Very light: 135 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.2"

Kodak EasyShare M530

Kodak EasyShare M530
similar age
$120

Significant advantages of the M530 (vs the A490)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (94×57×23 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 1.2"

Significant disadvantages of the M530 (vs the A490)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1400 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second
  • Shorter max exposures: 1/8 of a second vs 15 seconds

common strengths of the M530 and A490

  • Very small: Super compact (94×57×23 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Very light: 150 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.2"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A490 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is thinner (1.2" vs 1.7") and is slightly lighter (175 g vs 314 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 920k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3
2 years newer
$449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the F3 (vs the A490)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 115k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the F3 (vs the A490)

  • None found

common strengths of the F3 and A490

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×42 mm) vs Compact (94×62×31 mm)
  • Light weight: 314 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.2"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A490 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 7.1 MP), is newer (january 2010 vs january 2007) and slightly longer exposures (15 seconds vs 1/2 of a second).

However, on average it is much larger (compact (94×62×31 mm) vs ultra compact (91×55×17 mm)), is thicker (1.2" vs 0.7") and is slightly heavier (175 g vs 140 g).

Olympus FE-240

Olympus FE-240
2 years older

Significant advantages of the FE-240 (vs the A490)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FE-240 (vs the A490)

  • None found

common strengths of the FE-240 and A490

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S210

Nikon Coolpix S210
1 year older

Significant advantages of the S210 (vs the A490)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S210 (vs the A490)

  • None found

common strengths of the S210 and A490

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A490 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much larger screen (2.5" vs 2"), is significantly smaller (compact (94×62×31 mm) vs large (141×86×142 mm)), is newer (january 2010 vs july 2006), is thinner (1.2" vs 5.6") and is significantly lighter (175 g vs 734 g).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 35 mm), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and doesn't support an external flash.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
3 years older
$1,199

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ50 (vs the A490)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ50 (vs the A490)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ50 and A490

  • None found

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A490 compared to digicam competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 7.1 MP) and is newer (january 2010 vs february 2007).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/2.6), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 35 mm), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Canon PowerShot A590 IS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the A590 IS (vs the A490)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A590 IS (vs the A490)

  • None found

common strengths of the A590 IS and A490

  • Light weight: 225 g vs 175 g

Canon PowerShot A560

Canon PowerShot A560
2 years older
$349

Significant advantages of the A560 (vs the A490)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A560 (vs the A490)

  • None found

common strengths of the A560 and A490

  • Light weight: 205 g vs 175 g