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Canon PowerShot A590 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2666 reviews of Canon PowerShot A590 IS. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and image quality. The performance and price also get good opinions. Comments are divided on the flash.

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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 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon PowerShot A590 IS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 user reviews of Canon PowerShot A590 IS from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Views about the price and performance are generally positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. The reliability and viewfinder get mixed comments. Many are negative about the sensor.

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89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot A590 IS Digital Camera (8.0 MP, 4xOptical Zoom) 2.5" LCDCanon PowerShot A590 IS Digital Camera (8.0 MP, 4xOptical Zoom) 2.5" LCD

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon PowerShot A590 IS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1439 user reviews of Canon PowerShot A590 IS from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and performance. The portability and price are also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the shutter.

usability, price, portability, performance, image quality

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot A590IS 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomCanon PowerShot A590IS 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Alexa Wriggins (

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.

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : David Gussman (

Canon PowerShot A590 IS


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

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

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

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Mar, 2008

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Canon PowerShot A590 IS review


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.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Canon Powershot A590 IS


Physical Views The A590 IS compared to an average CD disc. Continue on to Features & Controls Powershot A590 IS Specifications Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 4x Optical/4x Digital/16x Combined Zoom with Optical Image...

Mar, 2008

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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...

Dec, 2008


Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

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...

Jun, 2008

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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...

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

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...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : techreviewsource (

Canon PowerShot A590 IS


One of Canon's latest digital cameras is the Canon PowerShot A590 IS, which is a mid-line budget camera that looks a little bulky, but works very nicely and impresses with its quality pictures. It's an 8-megapixel camera with 4x optical zoom, image...

Inexpensive ; Image Stabilization ; Easy-to-Use

Bulky appearance ; Slightly slow shot-to-shot time

In terms of image quality, they aren't digital SLR quality, but they aren't anywhere near poor. In fact, they are quite nice and will please casual to above-average photographers. This camera is well-suited for those of you wanting an inexpensive,...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Cybernium (

Canon Powershot A590 IS Review


This camera is so similar to its sister models that we reviewed that the conclusion is no different. The main options are getting a higher zoom with the or getting one megapixel less with the <a href="review_canon_a570.

Nicely saturated colors, Good exposure accuracy, Good image sharpness and details at low ISO, Great image stabilization, Good ergonomics, Excellent battery life

White system balance not entirely accurate, Softness due long-shutter noise reduction, Useless ISO 800 and 1600 sensitivities, Poor tripod mount placement, LCD resolution low, Slow zoom

Jul, 2008

Product Specifications


Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:2x AA / NiMH (NB4-300) / AA
Number of batteries supported:2


Camera playback:Slide show / slide show, thumbnails
Custom color: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Rotating
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia, Vivid
Playback zoom:2
Playback zoom (max):2
Scene modes:beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, party (indoor), Portrait / beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, party (indoor), Portrait, Sunset
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten / auto, Cloudy, daylight, Fluorescent, manual, Tungsten


Color of product:Black


Display Diagonal:2.5
Display resolution (numeric):115000


Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction / auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction / Flash off, manual, Red-eye reduction
Flash range (tele):11.8 - 86.6
Flash range (wide):11.8 - 137.8


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Closest Focusing Distance:1.97
Focus adjustment:Auto / Manual
Super Macro focusing range:0.05 - ∞

Lens System

Combined zoom:16
Digital Zoom:15 / 16 / 4
Focal length range (f-f):0.228 - 0.913
Optical Zoom:4

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 / 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto / Auto
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Internal memory:32

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.38 - 5.51
Audio recorder:WAVE
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:15 - 1/2000 / 15-1/2000
Compatible operating systems:Windows 2000 SP4 / XP SP2 / Vista\nMac OS X v10.3 - 10.4
Digital SLR: No
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.38 - 5.51
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Lens focal range:5 - 45 / 5 - 45/ 30-45 cm
Lens system:7/5
Power Source:AA
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser\nPhotoStitch\nTWAIN (2000)

Picture Quality

Image sensor size:1/2.5
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:3264 x 2448
Scan technology:CCD
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1600 x 1200,2048 x 1536,2592 x 1944,3264 x 1832,3264 x 2448

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes


Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:20 / 30
Video compression format:AVI
Video formats supported:AVI
Video Frame Rate:20 / 30
Video recording: Yes


Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions