Like all of Canon's point-and-shoots, the A490's color interpolation produces bright, slightly over-saturated colors and somewhat flat native contrast that long-time shooters refer to as Canon Color. Reds are a noticeably warmer, blues are a bit brighter, and greens and yellows are a bit more vibrant than real world hues - but that's not a bad thing in a camera designed for the masses.
There really is no free lunch, so what do consumers have to give up when they buy the A490? The A490 doesn't provide Image Stabilization, the LCD screen lacks Canon's standard anti-glare coating, and this camera won't do HD video - the A490's video mode is limited to VGA resolution.
The A490 is inexpensive, but based on my experiences so far, it is a competent and dependable picture maker. After a few days of carrying the A490 with me pretty much all the time and pretty much everywhere Ive been, I'm impressed. Stick around for our upcoming full review.
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