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The images are silky smooth below ISO 800, and at ISO 800 and 1600 there's a forgivable amount of noise. For pixel-peepers, the noise generated by the Canon 1000D arguably leaves more detail behind and is more aesthetically pleasing, though. Otherwise, there's nothing to complain about - the A290 takes great pictures.

Verdict

Performance is good, rather than great. The fastest the A290 went in continuous mode was just under 2fps. This is fine for blink-free portrait shots but not so much use for wildlife. On the plus side, it has a capacious buffer, taking 20 frames in JPEG mode before slowing down. The A290 is a capable camera with a price tag that is already beginning to dip since its launch this summer, so it’s worth shopping around, as you could be looking at a bargain. ®

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Not the fastest gun, but takes decent images and features an on-screen guide for beginners.
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