Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Last update: Review by PCWorld (20 August’08)

The Canon PowerShot A590 IS is an 8.0 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera features 4x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer System, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 and a 2.5-inch a TFT color LCD. The camera measures 3.71 x 2.55 x 1.61 in.(94.3 x 64.7 x 40.8mm) and weighs 6.17 oz./175g.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Canon PowerShot A590 IS Reviews

PCWorld reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
“Photos from the PowerShot A590IS will never be mistaken for digital SLR output, but this camera is a great choice for anyone seeking an inexpensive, easy-to-use point-and-shoot that produces high-quality images.”

ImagingResource reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
“The camera performs well in a variety of situations, with fairly good overall responsiveness and timing, producing good quality images, with good exposure and overall color. The availability of a 15-second maximum shutter time and the varying level of manual exposure control are also great bonuses…”
Rating: N/A

DigicamReview reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
“Image quality is good – with excellent colour, with high levels of saturation, contrast and detail. Noise is higher than average compared to the competition, but is low up to ISO400 and detail is good. There was also some red eye in group photos, but overall red-eye was generally quite low. The camera did a good job focusing even in low light ..”

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
“It performed acceptably at most ISO settings, and although noise was obvious at ISO 800..the A590 IS also allowing room for growth once you’ve got bored with pure snapshot photography. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
“Considering its low price, the PowerShot A590 IS offers an amazingly complete list of features, with high-performance optical image stabilisation, a useful range of manual controls and exceptionally good performance, especially in low light conditions. Build quality and handling are also well above the average for this price bracket.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechTree reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
“what you get is a simple and easy to use camera that shoots pictures better than most others in the same price range or category. A great buy; especially if you haven’t been acquainted to digital cameras yet..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
“The PowerShot A590IS is another great entry-level unit from Canon. It is fully featured, with manual shooting modes and optical image stabilisation. Its 8-megapixel sensor captures impressive pictures.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
“Ease of use rating: Good. As you would expect it will take longer to get used to a camera with extra features than it does a simple point and shoot model. Hang on in there because time taken to master the Powershot A590 IS is well worth it in the long run.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
“Camera performance is very good. The PowerShot A590 is ready to shoot after a 1.2 second delay — pretty snappy. Focus speeds were very good, even in low light situations. Shutter lag wasn’t a problem, and shot-to-shot delays were minimal, except when you’re using the flash, which is slow to charge.”
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
“Image quality from this 8-megapixel consumer model was excellent. The outdoor samples showed great exposure and vivid colors… The camera does an excellent job adjusting the flash to produce an image with good exposure and natural skin tones. ”
Rating: N/A

InfoSync reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
Pros: Macro feature, pinpoint focus, excellent manual-mode, broad range of shutter speeds, good overall image quality. Cons: Slow image-processing, tends to over-sharpen, rare but serious viewfinder distortion, some fringing issues”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Canon Powershot A590 IS and writes;
” At less than $179 USD, the 8MP PowerShot A590IS takes the type of shots casual photographers need captured (landscapes, people and so on) and does the job well. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot A590 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot A590 IS Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 24 January, 2008: Canon today announces the launch of a new compact camera with powerful new features that say bye-bye to blur and offer enhanced point-and-shoot capability. The cameras include brand-new blur-reducing Motion Detection Technology, plus new technology evolutions. Canon’s Face Detection Technology now features Face Detection White Balance, and Red-Eye Correction, can now remove red-eye automatically as the user shoots. It has a Face Select & Track function. The PowerShot A590 IS includes Canon’s leading lens-shift optical Image Stabilizer lens for additional blur reduction and low-light shooting capability.

From the ultra-stylish color variations of the Digital IXUS 80 IS, to the expandable functionality of the PowerShot A590 IS, the emphasis on this new batch of Canon digital compacts is on taking the hassle out of everyday image-making, while providing Canon’s hallmark design and manufacturing excellence. “Canon leads the field in image quality because it relies on intelligent solutions, not quick fixes,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “Every camera released today incorporates class-leading features to combat common problems like camera shake and subject blur, without sacrificing overall image quality.”

Ultimate blur solution

With new Motion Detection Technology and the optical Image Stabilizer lens, Canon provides a comprehensive and intelligent solution to blur. Activated in High ISO Auto mode, Motion Detection Technology takes information from multiple sources – Face Detection Technology, scene brightness, subject movement and the optical Image Stabilizer (where available) – to assess camera or subject movement. It then calculates the minimum boost in ISO levels (between ISO 80-800) necessary to compensate for that motion. The wide range of inputs and precision of the Motion Detection algorithms ensure that Canon’s system avoids trading reduced blur for an unnecessary increase in image noise.

The lens-shift type optical Image Stabilizer lens found in the Digital IXUS 80 IS and PowerShot A590 IS also contributes to low-noise images. It uses a moveable lens element – rather than a boost in ISO – to counteract the effects of camera-shake, with no accompanying increase in noise. This makes cameras with IS and Motion Detection Technology doubly effective against blur: Motion Detection Technology takes IS into account when calculating ISO levels, thus increasing image quality even further.

Exceptional Face Detection Technology

Face Detection White Balance and Face Select & Track are included in all four models, enhancing portraits and people shots taken in a wide range of situations. Face Detection White Balance sets the white balance for the face detection frame, in addition to the focus, exposure and flash set by previous versions of Face Detection. The result is portraits with natural skin tones, in all environments whether lit by artificial, natural, or mixed light sources. Face Select & Track follows a user-selected face around the frame, ensuring that the best results are achieved at the moment the photographer shoots. Red-Eye Correction is enhanced for 2008. In addition to Red-Eye Correction in playback, each of the models now features automatic Red-Eye Correction in shooting. Auto Red-Eye Correction detects and removes red-eye as the user shoots, for natural, red-eye free images.

Enhanced Auto Focus

New AF Point Zoom allows the photographer to magnify the AF frame when the shutter button is pressed half way, so that facial expressions can be checked before shooting. AF performance in low light has been significantly improved to achieve focus in scenes at around one stop darker, so that users can now take excellent shots in low-light conditions where they would have been unobtainable before.

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