General Product Information

With its streamlined silhouette and smoothly-curved edges, the Canon PowerShot A495 has the compact sophistication and relaxed simplicity that make it a natural for beginners and everyone else who craves style and convenience. The 10.0 Megapixel resolution and 3.3x Optical Zoom make it easy to capture the action in dazzling color and brilliant detail.

The DIGIC III Image Processor keeps it all looking sharp. To help you make the most of your creativity, new Scene Modes make your photographs standout. A bright, bold 2.5-inch LCD makes shooting and playback a genuine pleasure. Plus, choose from any of three dazzling colors.

Easy to use, powerful A-Series camera has 10.0 Megapixels and 3.3x Optical Zoom makes picture taking a snap!

With the PowerShot A495, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. This 10.0 Megapixel camera lets you create impressive large photos of family and friends you’ll be proud to display. The high-resolution images taken by the PowerShot A495 can be enlarged up to 13″ x 19″. The PowerShot A495 has a 3.3x Optical Zoom lens (35mm film equivalent 37 – 122mm) that let you capture up-close and memorable images.

Smart AUTO will do the work for you by intelligently selecting the proper settings for the camera based on 18 predefined shooting situations.

Just set the Canon PowerShot A495 to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture-taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 18 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

New Scene Modes such as Super Vivid for additional bursts of color, and Poster Effect for a unique artistic look, which gives the shooter more creative freedom to capture images their way!

The Canon PowerShot A495 gives you even more creative freedom by including new modes made to get the kind of images people talk about. Super Vivid captures the colors you see with your mind’s eye, saturating the scene with intense colors. Turn drab scenes into exciting compositions, when dull pinks blaze into brilliant fuchsia and off-yellows suddenly burn bright and hot. Even dark colors become richer with Super Vivid. Sunsets and floral scenes turn into bursts of color, and get your photo noticed.


Type of Camera

Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3.3x Optical/Approx. 4x Digital/Approx. 13x Combined Zoom

Image Capture Device

Type 10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 10.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 Megapixels


Focal Length 6.6 (W) – 21.6 (T)mm – 35mm (film equivalent: 37 – 122mm)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4x
Focusing Range Normal: 2 in. (5 cm) – infinity (W), 9.8 in. (25 cm) – infinity (T)

  • Macro: 0.4 in – 1.6 ft. (W), 9.8 in. – 1.6 ft. (T) (1 – 50 cm (W), 25 – 50 cm (T))
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus

Viewfinder & Monitor

Viewfinder N/A
LCD Monitor 2.5-inch type
LCD Pixels Approx. 115,000 dots
LCD Coverage Approx. 100%

Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture f/3.0 (W) – f/5.8 (T)
Shutter Speed 1 – 1/2000 sec. 15 – 1/2000 sec. (Total shutter speed range)

  • Shutter speeds differ depending on the shooting mode.
  • Shutter speed available in Long Shutter: 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1 (Unit: sec.)

Exposure Control

ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 (Standard Output Sensitivity. Recommended Exposure Index)
Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face AiAF (9-point)
** Fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method Program AE; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

White Balance Control Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face AiAF (9-point)


Built-in Flash Auto, Slow Synchro, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Shutter Sync: 1st curtain, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Range 30 cm – 3.0 m (W), 30 cm – 2.0 (T) (12 in. – 9.8 ft (W), 12 in. – 6.6 ft. (T))

  • Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.
Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.0 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation N/A

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes Auto, P, Special Scene (Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Face Self-Timer, Low Light, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter), Movie
Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color*
*Adjustment of contrast, sharpness and saturation.
Self-Timer Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2.sec. delay/custom*
Shooting start time (0-10 sec. (in 1-second increments), 15/20/30 sec.) and number of shots (1 – 10 shots (in 1-shot increments)) can be specified.
Wireless Control N/A
Continuous Shooting Approx. 0.9 shot/sec. approx. 2.5 shots/sec. in Low Light)

Image Storage

Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels Still Image: 3648 x 2736 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 2272 x 1704 (Medium 2), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3648 x 2048 (Widescreen)
Movie: Standard Definition: 640 x 480 (30 (29.97) fps/30 (29.97) fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 (29.97) fps)
Available up to 4GB*
*Even if the file size has not reached 4GB, recording stops when the recording time reaches 1 hour. For memory cards with a capacity less than 4GB, recording stops when the recording time reaches 1 hour.

Number of Recordable Images

Large (L) Medium 1 (M1) Medium 2 (M2) Medium 3 (M3)
File Size (KB) 2,565 1,226 1,620 780 1,116 556 558 278
4GB 1,471 3,017 2,320 4,641 3,352 6,352 6,352 12,069
16GB 6,026 12,354 9,503 19,007 13,727 26,010 26,010 49,420
Small (S) Widescreen (W)
File Size (KB) 150 84 1,920 918
4GB 20,116 30,174 1,978 4,022
16GB 82,367 123,550 8,101 16,473

Time of Recordable Movies

Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap
640 x 480 320 x 240
30 (29.97) fps 30 (29.97) fps LP 30 (29.97) fps
Movie size (KB/sec.) 1,932 972 672
4GB 32 min. 26 sec. 1 hr. 02 min. 51 sec. 1 hr. 31 min. 25 sec.
16GB 2 hr. 12 min. 50 sec. 4 hr. 17 min. 23 sec. 6 hr. 14 min. 23 sec.

Note: N=Normal F=Fine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon’s standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Resume, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Resize, Rotate, Jump, Slide Show, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning
Movie: Normal Playback*, Slow Motion**, Pause, First Frame, Last Frame, Next Frame, Previous Frame, Fast Forward, Fast Rewind.

  • Displays playback position and shooting time
    *Audio settings available in 5 levels.
    ** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: any movie file one at a time.


Computer Interface Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (mini-B jack)
Video Out NTSC/PAL
Audio Out Monaural
Other Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera’s USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

Power Supply

Power Source 1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
2. AA NiMH batteries (NB-3AH) (x2)
3. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS800 (available accessory)
Shooting Capacity Still Image: approx. 150 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 400 shots (AA-size NiMH Battery (NB-3AH))*
Playback Time Approx. 8 hours. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 10 hours (AA-size NiMH Battery)* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
0 – 35°C/32 – 95°F when NB-3AH is used
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.68 x 2.43 x 1.20 in./93.5 x 61.7 x 30.6mm
Weight Approx. 6.17 oz./175g (camera, including batteries and memory card)


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