• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 37.00mm - 122.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 32.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon A490 advantages over Canon EOS M6 Mark II

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 305 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    30 mm vs 49 mm
    Thinner
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 48 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon EOS M6 Mark II advantages over Canon A490

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.23 vs 1.69 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 months vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 115k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    32.5 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    14.0 fps vs 0.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Pentax E80

Canon A490
Pentax E80
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $130
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Pentax E80
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $130
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon A495

Canon A490
Canon A495
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $86
  • 1/2.3 inch
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Canon A495
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $86
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon A800

Canon A490
Canon A800
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Canon A800
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony A6400

Canon A490
Sony A6400
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Sony A6400
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A6100

Canon A490
Sony A6100
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Sony A6100
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
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