When some veteran shooters consider entry-level cameras, they may dismiss such imaging tools as cheaply made and targeted toward snap-shooters. That's stinking thinking because the cameras used by old time photographers were pretty basic, but that didn't keep shooters like Cartier-Bresson and Doisneau from capturing some of the iconic images that define the golden age of photography. In the final analysis, good pictures are not entirely the responsibility of the camera, the individual behind the camera also has a lot of input.
We are in the midst of an economic downturn - money is tight and "bang for your buck" is especially important during these trying economic times. The A490 may be Canon's cheapest digicam, but it produces fine images, is easily pocketable and includes many of the features found on Canon's more expensive digicams. Savvy shoppers could do a lot worse than the Canon Powershot A490. The A490 can be found (online) for as little as $99, making it a fantastic choice for a first digital camera.
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