Summary: Photos from the Canon PowerShot A590 IS 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. And don't be afraid to put its optical image stabilisation to the test.
Excerpt: If you're a budding photography enthusiast, the A590 is just the right camera to get you started with manual controls. Like the A550, this one too scores some serious points, but more than that it's shown a marked improvement over other cameras in the same series. From passing off a well-built camera to producing something as feature-rich as the A590, Canon has made sure there's a lot you will like about this model… especially the price tag.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot A590 IS is a entry-level camera that doesn't
skimp on features. It offers a 4X optical zoom, image stabilization, a 2.5"
LCD display, full manual controls, and a VGA movie mode. Not a bad deal for
a camera selling for around
Pros: 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, plus plenty of scene modes, Redeye not a problem, thanks to auto redeye removal tool, Well-implemented face detection feature, Supports conversion lenses, Above average battery life using just two AA batteries, USB 2.0 High S...
Cons: 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
Excerpt: 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 Stabilizer System Image Capture Device Type 8.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Total Pixels Approx. 8.3 Megapixels Effective Pixels Approx.
Conclusion: Canon has another winner on its hands—this camera will sell by the shipload. 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. Although there are a few flaws such as a limited high-end video mode and some loss in shadow detail, this digicam does what it’s expected to do with a minimum of fuss and bother.
Pros: Affordable 8MP digicam with OIS; solid and accurate colors
Excerpt: It's a common sense principle that sequels are rarely as good as the original. What seemed like innovation the first time around starts to feel increasingly like little more than imitation as time goes on. Put differently, a successful performance is often a hard act to follow. Following up on Canon's highly successful performance with the A570 and building on a long line of well-regarded, moderately priced Canon A models, the Canon PowerShot A590 IS offers a few more...
Pros: Good all-around image quality, Plenty of speed for most uses, Decent high ISO performance, Appealing simple interface, nice ergonomics
Cons: Enough improvements over the A570 to justify the slight initial price premium?, Battery door cheap feeling, hard to close, Flash recycle times still feel long
Summary: 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.