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I bought my 2040 secondhand which meant I missed out on the 'extras' in the box such as the cable for pressing the shutter button remotely and the relevant software but I still couldn't have made a better buy. It's basic features are a preview LCD screen, digital zoom x3 and three settings: automatic, shutter priority and aperture priority. If you're familiar with a professional SLR you'll appreciate the scope available within the aperture and shutter priority modes. You can drop the speed down to 1/2 which makes for reasonable light trails in night shots, use a full variety of F stops, go for a fast shutter or let the camera set the speed while you choose the aperture you prefer. Whilst you don't get the full range of paramaters associated with SLRs, you can pretty much take most shots including action sports shots and low level light night or concert pictures. The results are good enough to go directly to print or be blown up to 10x8 on pro dye sublimation machines before any pixelation becomes visible. Overall, a neat camera, suited to most tasks for a good price.