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I bought this camera in Toronto when I was on a trip there and have found it to be a good solid reliable camera. Admittedly I do not have a huge amount of technical know how about digital cameras, yet I have now read up a bit more on its specifications as well as what it can do and am popping these in for the benefit of those who are a bit more technically minded than I am.
This camera is nice and compact and very comfortable to hold in the hand. I have really small hands too. It is also very light, so it doesn't make my already painful at times neck hurt when I have it in its case with the long strap around my neck.
It is very easy to use. Child's play in fact... literally. As my grandchildren - who ranged from 5 years of age at that time - have taken pics with it very easily. They could just point and shoot. It must be pretty solidly built too as they have dropped it a few times and it was fine. I have also taken some great pics and video of my grandchildren with it and I think it generally takes really good pics and great video.
For those a bit more technically minded there are a range of options to keep them amused. I will try to list some of the more technical stuff now.
Apparently its image processor uses DIGIC III with iSAPS technology (whatever that is!). Its image sensor is 1/2.5" CCD, approximately 8.0M of effective pixels.
It has a zoom of 4x, and has face detection technology, plus red eye correction during both shooting and playback.
The shooting modes consist of:
- Program AE
- Shutter priority AE
- Aperture priority AE
- Night Snapshot
- Kids & Pets
Plus there are the Special Scenes settings, consisting of Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, and Aquarium.
There are drive modes of single, self-timer, and continuous at approximately 1.4 shots per second. It also has photo effects, including My Colours/My Colours Off, vivid, neutral, sepia, and black & white, and custom colour.
The camera features an image tagging feature, and I am able to choose whether or not I want the flash on or off, and the date/time appearing on my photos.
It is also pretty easy to upload the photographs to my computer. I just connect them with the cable provided, switch on the camera, and my computer recognizes the camera and offers me some choices for what I wish to do. Easy peasy. The pictures also print out very well, although this of course is dependant somewhat on what they are printed on.
The instructions seem pretty easy to follow and they also come in quite a variety of languages.
All in all, I am very pleased with this camera!
I have used this camera for a while now and I have to say I love it. When I use it in combination with a tripod I can create some great effects, especially landscape and natural world shots. The controls allow me to manipulate photographs at source and then finish the job on the PC.
This digital camera has surpassed my expectations in its all round abilities and value. The Canon PowerShot A590 IS Digital Camera has a full manual capability and as such can offer the beginner the opportunity to set up photographs any way he or she chooses. The photographer can create photographs with specific lighting or effects in the same manner as a more expensive DSLR camera. In this regard for a beginner the Canon PowerShot A590 IS could be a great stepping stone to a more in depth interest in photography.
I've found the real upside to this camera is that for the same price as other digital compacts a lot more features and controls are included. One slight niggle I have about this camera is that its macro mode isn't quite as sharp as it could be but it still does a decent job. This camera is also compatible with CHKDSK for RAW image photography. I recommend this camera to anyone who is looking for a more fully functioning compact digital camera bundled with Canon's great quality.
I am a fan of Canon going as far back as their non digital models and find this model another great addition to their stable. This one fulfills my needs adequately and did so at a good price. I recommend this camera highly as do a lot of the digital camera magazines and web sites.
When looking at the Canon Powershot A590 IS, it immediate gives a feeling that it is something of substance. Its aesthetic features consist of a rather solid look which is indeed backed up by the fact that the camera is well build and sturdy, meaning it is capable of withstanding the occasional knock or drop. The styling of the camera is indeed designed around the ergonomics of the camera, meaning that it has been made to be comfortable and easy to grip and hold, however the styling has suffered as a result to a certain degree, since some people might find this camera too unfashionable.
There are a total of twelve present features that change the exposure settings to fit most shooting conditions, this feature is particularly useful for a beginner in photography or for those that do not enjoy spending too much time changing the settings of the camera before each shot.
There camera 's ISO ranges from 80 to 1600, with 6 different settings which is sufficient for a wide range of lighting conditions. This provide the user a chance to make some fine adjustments before taking the photo.
There is also 5 white balance settings that can also be used in conjunction with the other settings to try to achieve the best setting possible to math the shooting conditions.
It is no necessary to use these settings, however they are useful especially if you are not willing to spend too much time editing the photographs afterwards on a computer.
When taking photos with the flash, it would be best to try to use the manual settings to compensate for the use of artificial lights, because it does affect the camera's colour accuracy when doing so.
When display screen is quite good and fit for purpose, it is fine to use in low light conditions, however it does become hard to view when using the camera in intense sunlight. In the event that this happens, it is always possible to use the camera's viewfinder instead which is a bit inaccurate and has a lower quality, however it is proven to be suited for a crisis like this.
The camera does not have any build in memory capacity, however a 32 megabyte memory card is supplied instead. As a whole this camera is quite fast at processing images, only taking a fast 0.6 second shutter delay and start up time of 2.3 seconds. When shooting in auto mode, it takes 2.3 to process between each single shot. When using the camera in burst mode it takes about 1.7 seconds to process between shots.
Having a 8 megapixel resolution is quite good if you want to print the images in a reasonably large format. The camera's image stabilisation feature helps to keep the images sharp especially when you are using the zoom. The battery stamina is quite good, providing a long running time before needing to be replaced.
The Canon A590 is part of the company's Powershot range, which I have always found to be very good. Costing around £120 it is quite affordable and offers some great features.
The sensor captures 8.0 Megapixels which is enough for printing up to about A3 in size. Of course most of us print 8x10 maximum, myself included, so this camera is perfectly fine for everyday use. The 4x zoom with optical Image Stabilizer is superb. OK, so the zoom does not get you in very close, but it is a good lens, nice and clear and seems pretty quick to me. The Motion Detection Technology built in also seems pretty neat. It tries to evaluate the picture you are taken and eliminate any motion so you avoid blurred pictures.
It also has Face Detection Technology, this has been talked about a lot in the latest cameras. What is does is detect faces in the scene, and sets the exposure, focus, white balance and flash, so that you get really nice faces. Red-Eye Correction is expected on most cameras, and stops those annoying red eyes in your photos. The A590 has only not worked on this once, where I had a person with one normal eye and one red, weird. All the other times I have used it, this has never happened.
There is a 2.5" LCD on the back of the camera. The screen is nice in colour, but is quite a low resolution, so you can see the dots. The optical viewfinder (OVF) is what I use most of the time anyway, especially in bright sun, so this doesn't bother me. Shame though, the screen does let the camera down a little.
It can also capture movies at 640x480 resolution. Only 20 frames per second though, so not the best quality, but OK for YouTube. There is no awkward charging either, as it runs off standard AA batteries. I have some good 2700 mAh rechargeable NiMh batteries and off a full charge I managed around 310 photos. That is pretty darn good.
Size is OK, a large pocket will accommodate it. The 175g weight is a little heavy, but again OK. I like to take this camera everywhere for those opportune moments. It is a little old now, but will last me another year before I swap it in for a newer model.