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Canon PowerShot A490 and A495 digital compact cameras

Canon PowerShot A495 digital cameraCanon has unveiled two new PowerShot digital cameras. The PowerShot A495 and the A490 are both 10Mp cameras with a 2.5in LCD display and 3.3x optical zoom.

The two new models replace the current PowerShot A480. The superior PowerShot A495 model can detect up to 18 different shooting scenes, while the PowerShot A490 detects up to 13. A Smart Auto mode automatically adjusts the camera's settings to capture the optimum shot based on the shooting conditions.

The Smart Auto mode also works in conjunction with Smart Flash Exposure, which automatically adjusts flash levels to suit both the subject and conditions. In line with most modern compact cameras, the new PowerShot models feature face-recognition technology that can distinguish several faces in the same shot and can also auto-correct red-eye caused by the camera flash.

The PowerShot A495 also features two new scene modes; Poster Effect that reduces the number of colour to create what Canon calls "an older, poster-style look", along with Super Vivid mode which improves colours in a picture.

Both cameras also offer video and sound capture and support SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Users will also benefit from to free membership to Canon's iMAGE GATEWAY, which offers 2GB of online storage.

The A495 model comes in red, blue and silver and is priced at £139. The A490 camera will be available in silver only and will be onsale in the UK through Argos. Pricing for this model has yet to be announced.

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See also: Canon EOS 7D digital SLR camera

Canon PowerShot A490 and A495 digital compact cameras

Canon PowerShot A495 digital camera

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