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Canon PowerShot A590 IS

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A590 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A590


A feature-packed camera that gets you accustomed to manual controls.

The scene modes on offer include Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Indoor, Kids and Pets, Night Snapshot, Landscape, and Portrait.

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Canon Powershot A590 IS


Staking out the upper-middle tier of the PowerShot A-series, the new camera offers users the option of 19 shooting modes, from fully automatic to fully manual operation for greater creative control. The A590 IS camera also features Canon's advanced...

Canon's innovative and exclusive Motion Detection technology consolidates motion information for both the camera and the photographic subject and determines whether the subject has moved and what if any adjustments to focus or exposure needs to be...


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Canon PowerShot A590IS


My digital camera expertise begins and ends with this fact: I cannot resist the urge to photograph a couple of fuzzballs named Chuckie and Violet. I'm a classic novice point-and-shooter, and the crème de la crème of my snapshots find their way onto...

Easy to use, even for extreme novices ; Excellent optical image stabilization

Size is a bit too big ; Plastic body and handgrip get slippery

For a beginners' camera, the PowerShot A590IS has nice image quality and superb stabilization.

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Canon Powershot A590 IS


Though perhaps not as well known as Canon's sexy ultracompact Digital Elph series, the company's A series of entry-level cameras are equally worthy of attention for their ease of use and high quality. The new 8-megapixel PowerShot A590 IS ($179.99...

Low price. Excellent image quality. Broad feature set including manual exposure settings

Bulky, boring design ; Watch the Canon PowerShot A590 Video Review

With excellent image quality, face detection, image stabilization, and manual exposure settings, this entry-level point-and-shoot offers a lot for a little.


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Canon PowerShot A590 IS


Canon is in the process of rolling out a trio of new “A” series digicams that sell by the container load…and we mean tons. These point-and-shoots run on AA batteries so you'll never run out of juice—as long as there's a 24-hour drug store around....

Affordable 8MP digicam with OIS; solid and accurate colors

Poor movie mode; mediocre LCD quality

Shots taken outdoors were very solid with accurate colors in the 'natural' Canon style I've always liked.

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Canon PowerShot A590 IS


Canon put substance over style when it designed the PowerShot A590 IS, and in doing so it made a great camera. While the clunky-looking 8-megapixel shooter looks bland when compared with colorful, ultraslim, style-minded cameras, its impressive insides...

Great picture quality; fast shutter speed; broad manual feature set.

Chunky appearance; slow shot-to-shot time with the onboard flash enabled.

The Canon PowerShot A590 IS's manual exposure controls and surprisingly sharp pictures make it a great choice for almost anyone looking for a sub-$200 shooter.

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Canon PowerShot A590 IS


All in all, great design, diverse options, functional and practical, extremely competitive price, simply put, you can't go wrong with the Canon PowerShot A590 IS. If you're in the market for a new camera, but trying to save some green, you can get a...

Great photo qualityFast shutter releaseFits nicely in you handLots of preset modesDiverse enough to satisfy all levels

Sure there are the sleek looking digital cameras out there, but don't...


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Canon Powershot A590 IS Review


For starters that 'IS' suffix denotes optical image stabilization, newly backed up by motion detection technology if you've selected high ISO mode. This is useful in combating camera shake and resulting softness when attempting low light photography...

Would the world be any poorer without the existence of the Canon PowerShot A590 IS? Since it offers little that's revolutionary, the answer is: 'very probably not'. However, it's cutely styled if overall a bit business-like, inoffensive in operation...

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Canon PowerShot A590 IS Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


Positioned in upper-middle tier of the PowerShot A-series and replacing the A570 IS, the Canon PowerShot A590 IS offers a number of enhancements and advancements at a savings of about $100 over the previous model's list price.

Small, compact size ; Advanced Face and Motion Detection ; Easy" mode for novices ; Full "PASM" exposure modes ; good image adjustment capability for advanced users ; Very good color ; Image Stabilization reduces blur ; 9-point AF for accurate focus ;...

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The Canon PowerShot A590 IS has an eight megapixel CCD imager coupled with a Canon-branded 4x optical zoom lens which is optically stabilized. Images are framed on the 115,000 pixel 2.5-inch LCD display, or using the optical viewfinder. The A590 IS...

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Canon PowerShot A590 IS


Hopefully that helped clear up any confusion you may have about the A590 and its siblings

Excellent photo quality in good light ; Great value for the money ; Slightly more zoom power than typical cameras in this class ; Optical image stabilization ; Snappy performance ; Very good low light focusing and LCD visibility ; Full manual controls,...

Low light photos have too much noise and noise reduction artifacting ; Movie mode frame rate has dropped to 20 fps since previous model ; Low LCD resolution ; Zoom setting not shown on LCD ; Flash a little slow to charge ; Plastic tripod mount

If you're looking for a budget camera that takes great pictures, and has all the features you could possibly desire (without too many gimmicks), then the Canon PowerShot A590 IS is absolutely worth a look. The only people that I'd caution are those who...

Product Specifications

The PowerShot A590 IS will astound you with its power-packed performance and impressive value. It's got 8.0-megapixels, a 4x optical zoom, an Optical Image Stabilizer and a large 2.5-inch LCD. A range of shooting modes - from manual to automatic including Canon's new Easy Mode - make picture-taking carefree. A DIGIC III Image Processor with Enhanced Canon Face Detection assures natural-looking results, while Motion Detection Technology reduces blur. For added creativity, attach wide or telephoto converter lenses.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aquarium / Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Landscape / Night scene / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Sunset

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCardplus
Storage Capacity:32MB


Designed For (MG):Camcorder
Product Type:Power adapter
Subcategory (MG):Power adapters and chargers


Model:590/A590 IS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon CA/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-5.5
Max Focal Length:23.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical