Replaced by the A800. Here's what we said in early 2010:
The A490 is the lowest of the low-budget A Series cameras Canon has lined up for 2010. It's seriously bare-bones: 10 megapixels, 3.3x zoom, 2.5-inch LCD, AA batteries, without image stabilization, in a gray and black two-tone color. It doesn't even have the hokey scene modes found on the A495, but Canon is pretty good at this genre, and for $110, it's tough to ask for much else. This could be a popular choice among cash-strapped consumers when it hits the shelves in February.