- Very affordable
- Good, basic performance
- Consistently good images
- Some ergonomics issues
- No image stabilization
- Minor lens distortion
The PowerShot A490 is surprisingly capable as Canon's lowest priced point-and-shoot model.
I’ve taken pictures with lots of Canon digital cameras and one of the most interesting things about all those cameras was not their differences, but their similarities. Canon is the most modular of all the major camera manufacturers and their product development folks have a broad catalog of proven components to draw from when creating new models.
The new PowerShot A490, Canon’s least expensive digicam, is a very good example of just how well this modular design philosophy works. The A490 is essentially an assemblage of proven market-tested, but slightly outdated components from earlier Canon models.