Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Posted by Admin-Digicam | Sunday, December 21, 2008

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Boasting improved Face Detection and Motion Detection technology, the Canon PowerShot A590 IS aims to outperform in the area of portraiture, capturing better exposed and better focused faces, whether they're in motion or standing still.

The PowerShot A590 IS is small and compact, and similar in style and overall design to other members of the PowerShot "A" series, with a darker, graphite body that stands out among the silver digital camera crowd. Offering 4x optical zoom, a bright 2.5-inch LCD monitor and an 8.0-megapixel CCD, the A590 IS is a good deal at its MSRP of $179.99.

The 4x optical zoom lens offers slightly more zoom than the average point-and-shoot digital camera, covering a range equivalent to 35-140mm on a 35mm camera. In addition to the 4x optical zoom, the PowerShot A590 IS features another 4x of digital zoom, which does a decent job of maintaining image quality despite the digital enlargement. (We still remind readers that digital zoom compromises quality and resolution by digitally "stretching" the image.)

With a full range of exposure modes from Easy to a full Manual mode (this last being unusual in inexpensive digital cameras), the PowerShot A590 IS is a good fit for just about any experience level, and its offering of preset Scene modes help with a wide range of common-yet-tricky exposure situations.

More experienced users will appreciate the camera's adjustable white balance, ISO, color, contrast, sharpness and saturation adjustments. The PowerShot A590 IS's combination of small, portable size and numerous capabilities should appeal to a wide range of consumers, from novices to more advanced users.

Canon A590 IS Basic Features

  • 8.0-megapixel CCD (effective) delivers image resolutions as high as 3,264 x 2,448
  • 4x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 35-140mm
  • As much as 4x digital zoom
  • Nine-point AF area, plus manual focus and advanced Face Detection
  • Real-image optical viewfinder
  • 2.5-inch color LCD monitor
  • Easy, Auto, Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual main exposure modes
  • Shutter speeds from 1/2,000 to 15 seconds, depending on exposure mode
  • Maximum aperture range from f/2.6 - f/5.5, depending on zoom setting
  • Digic III Image Processor
  • Built-in flash with three main modes plus Red-eye Removal
  • SDHC/SD/MMC/MMCplus/HC-MMCplus memory card slot
  • Power from two AA-type batteries, set of alkalines included
  • USB 2.0 connector jack and cable
  • AV cable for connection to television set
  • PictBridge, Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible

Canon A590 IS Special Features

  • 12 preset Scene modes
  • Standard and Compact Movie modes with sound
  • Continuous Shooting mode
  • Enhanced Face Detection technology
  • Motion Detection technology
  • Lens-shift Image Stabilization
  • Macro and Self-Timer modes
  • Evaluative, Center-weighted and Spot metering modes
  • Adjustable ISO from 80 to 1,600 equivalents, plus an Auto setting.
  • Adjustable white balance with seven modes, including a custom adjustment
  • My Colors menu for creative color effects, plus contrast, saturation and sharpness adjustments
  • In-camera editing for red-eye removal, plus a selection of creative filters
  • Compatible with wide angle and telephoto conversion lenses, sold as separate accessories