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Canon PowerShot A590IS 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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  • 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16x 22-inch prints
  • 4x optical image-stabilized zoom
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen; Face Detection
  • New Easy Mode simplifies operation
  • Captures images to SD memory cards (not included); powered by AA batteries
  • Captures images to SD memory cards (not included) , powered by AA batteries
  • New Easy Mode simplifies operation
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: B0011ZCDKS
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 8 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 1.6 x 2.5 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0011ZCDKS
  • Item model number: B0011ZCDKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,018 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,784 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The PowerShot A590 IS will astound you with its power-packed performance and impressive value. It’s got 8 megapixels, a 4x optical zoom, an Optical Image Stabilizer, and a large 2.5-inch LCD. A range of shooting modes -- from manual to automatic, including Canon’s new Easy Mode -- make picture-taking carefree. A DIGIC III Image Processor with Enhanced Canon Face Detection assures natural-looking results, while Motion Detection Technology reduces blur. For added creativity, attach wide or telephoto converter lenses.

Canon PowerShot A590IS Highlights

8 megapixels with 4x optical zoom and optical image stabilizer With the PowerShot A590 IS, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. The 8.0-megapixel design lets you create impressive high resolution images of family and friends you’ll be proud display. The genuine Canon 4x zoom lens moves you in for powerful close-ups -- like a bird in flight or a child’s winning goal -- at the touch of a button. Plus, Canon’s highly sophisticated Optical Image Stabilizer keeps every shot absolutely steady even when you’re not.

2.5-inch LCD screen The camera’s 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear and bright picture. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

New Easy Mode simplifies operation Even if you’ve never picked up a camera before, with Canon’s new Easy Mode you can take inspiring, dramatic pictures that will impress everyone. Once you choose Easy Mode, the PowerShot A590 IS handles all the details automatically. It automatically sets every camera control including the flash to reduce blur and improve image quality. So you get pictures that are bright, clear and natural just by pushing a button. Best of all, you can relax and concentrate on what really counts -- your subject.

Selectable shooting modes With 19 Shooting Modes including 7 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

DIGIC III Image Processor With DIGIC III, your images boast superior quality, the camera operates at top efficiency and battery life is enhanced. What’s more, DIGIC III enables Canon’s Face Detection Technology and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the Shutter Button halfway down, and the camera automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. The camera controls exposure settings and flash to keep every face looking bright and natural. Red-eye Correction can be handled in-camera, in two ways. The entirely new Red-eye Correction during shooting uses the Face Detection Technology to recognize and remove red-eye from flash images as they're taken, before the file is written to the memory card. It's also possible to correct red-eye during image playback, using simple settings in the A590 IS's menu.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

Face Detection Technology Canon's powerful Face Detection Technology delivers even better results with the new A590 IS. The Face Detection Technology continues to recognize faces in a scene, and concentrate exposure (daylight or flash) and focus upon them. But the A590 IS adds more: Face Detection WB means the camera concentrates upon faces when calculating white balance for the best possible skin tones. Face Select and Track lets the A590 IS user highlight one face among several in a scene, and the camera concentrates on that person, even as they move around the scene. Face Detection Technology is a powerful contributing factor in Canon's new Motion Detection Technology.

Red-eye Correction Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures.

  • The new Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken.
  • The A590 IS can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback.
  • The user can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

High ISO The PowerShot A590 IS features ISO 1600 and High ISO Auto settings that reduce the effects of camera shake and sharpen subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

Motion Detection Technology automatically reduces blur Life doesn’t stand still for picture-taking. That’s why Canon included its advanced Motion Detection Technology in the PowerShot A590 IS. This sophisticated feature works in the background to instantly evaluate how fast your subject is moving. Then it automatically selects and sets the optimal exposure and ISO settings to keep everything looking sharp and clear. So whether you’re shooting a bride walking down the aisle, a ballet recital or even a child’s soccer game, you can relax and shoot with confidence knowing you’ve got the picture you intended.

Accepts Wide-Angle and Telephoto Converter Lenses To expand your creativity, the PowerShot A590 IS is compatible with shooting accessories such as wide and tele converter lenses, High-Power Flash designed for all of the PowerShot models.

The Complete Print Solution

The A590IS features a Print/Share button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select Pixma photo printers and Selphy compact photo printers.

The PowerShot A590 IS's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the A590 IS to a Canon Pixma photo printer or Selphy compact photo printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Print your own ID photos in 28 different sizes or use the Movie Print function to output multiple stills from a recorded movie on a single sheet with a Canon Selphy compact photo printer.

Product Description

The PowerShot A590 IS will astound you with its power-packed performance and impressive value. It’s got 8 megapixels, a 4x optical zoom, an Optical Image Stabilizer, and a large 2.5-inch LCD. A range of shooting modes from manual to automatic, including Canon’s new Easy Mode make picture taking carefree. A DIGIC III Image Processor with Enhanced Canon Face Detection assures natural-looking results, while Motion Detection Technology reduces blur. For added creativity, attach wide or telephoto converter lenses.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Worked great for 2-3 years. Image quality was good, low noise at higher ISO settings and adequate zoom for a pocket sized camera. I liked that it used AA batteries, though… Read more ›
This camera is small, convenient, and does everything well. The pictures are outstanding. The user's manual could have been written better, though. Read more ›
Small but not too small. Photos are sharp and are easily composed and exposed using the easy-to-use controls. Quality of the product and visual appeal are both top-notch! Read more ›
Purchased this camera in 2008 from Amazon and was quite happy for the first few months. The picture quality was good for the technology of the time. I would have rated it… Read more ›
I tried changing the battery a million times and using different brands, but that didn't help. The quality of the photos were excellent though!!! Read more ›
Great camera for the price. Zoom in an out very easily, pictures are high quality, easy to download as well. Read more ›
I just love mine . So easy to use , and great for the serious photo bug also, Would and have recommended this camera. Read more ›
We loaned out for awhile but this week he…I know he likes it..he said pictures came out great but it is so convenient to use the phone I don't know how much he'll use it. Read more ›
It is easy to use and takes nice pictures. No expensive speciality batteries to buy. Read more ›
For a point and shoot, it's easy to use. The camera is pretty user-friendly. Read more ›
Feature loaded, takes great pictures, and is very easy to use. I was super impressed when I bought this camera. Read more ›
Great pictures in all light, even while moving. Easy to operate. Good purchase in 2009. Read more ›
Both of them are complete "point: shoot" modes. The night snapshot mode is good for exactly what you'd expect. And the macro mode is very useful. Read more ›
In fact, I went back to the store and bought a Panasonic…I generally like the Panasonic and, as is to be expected, its fancy features are much improved over the A590IS. (… Read more ›
It's lightweight and simple to use. The zoom features are great. The only downfall is the delay it sometimes has when trying to take multiple pictures. Read more ›
It has been a satisfactory product. Takes a long time after the picture click to come to clicking mode. but picture quality in daylight and night mode is good. Read more ›
I am extremely pleased with this product. The picture quality is excellent and the controls are much easier to use than my former camera (Panasonic). The instuction book is… Read more ›
The Canon is not quite as…My only gripe design-wise is the dial for changing the settings does not function as smoothly as I would prefer, in fact it is a little clunky. Read more ›
I have had this camera for over a year now and I really do love it. no problems and the price was great my pics are better than I expected . Read more ›
Also have a friend that borrows it for special occasions. The price was excellent as well.....about $75 after using a coupon! Read more ›
Between pictures can be a bit slow. Overall I like very much and price was great. Read more ›
Is alot smaller than previous models. Price was excellent. Cons: Takes gritty zoom pictures. Read more ›
I have a larger Canon with these options but wanted a smaller version to take on vacation trips and the A590 fits the options that I was looking for, plus the price was a… Read more ›
camera is great... The price was great! The picture quality is wonderful.. Read more ›
you won't be disappointed. The video quality was amazing! I had a 4gb memory card and I could video up to 40mins. Read more ›
I've not seen other cameras with that ability. The video capability is nice to have as well to make small movies. My favorite feature is the memory card. Read more ›
Quality photos match that of any camera. Video is very exceptional. Read more ›
The camera is awesome....Easy to use.. All the features are impressive...Resolution and sound quality of video is excellent. The only drawback..uses batteries very quickly Read more ›
I bought this camera last year and I love it! the picture quality is excellent. the video quality is excellent. It's just great! Read more ›
I purchased a Canon A590 Power shot digital camera. Camera was superb and the results are superb even video quality is awesome. Read more ›
Small enough to put in a pocket but it takes really good photos, I like that it uses 2 AA battries that can be found anywhere, the zoom is good and the stabilization works. G… Read more ›
In the last 3yrs I've taken pictures of just about everything with it, under some most unusual circumstance and the A590 has never let me down, the 4x zoom is perfect but… Read more ›
When climbing ladders, I put it in my pocket so it sometimes changes to another setting without me knowing it. For its size the zoom is good but you always would like more. I… Read more ›
Image stabilizer works well -- rarely have a…Takes nice video with audio, the zoom works well enough for the built-in lens, and I love the widescreen mode most of all. I… Read more ›
It can be used in Auto as a point-and-shoot, or there are Manual settings for the experienced photographer. The image quality is excellent, and the optical zoom is good. Whi… Read more ›
It's easy to use, a great light-weight size, takes great pictures & movies, and I got it at a good price. The additional zoom feature is very cool, too. I'm very happy with… Read more ›
The size is excellent, the viewscreen is perfect, the quality of pictures is spectacular, the zoom is very handy, it lasts quite a while on one set of batteries though when… Read more ›
So far, I am totally happy with this camera. First of all, its size is perfect for me. It fits neatly into a coat pocket, or sometimes into even my pants pocket. Read more ›
The 590IS was very nice surprise; the images are decent considering negligible camera weight and size, IS functions well, but most importantly, the manual controls are well… Read more ›
I…It won't replace a SLR but it has become our main travel camera because of its small size, it is simple enough to keep my wife happy and complex enough to keep me happy. Read more ›
It takes great pictures and videos. The size is great and the buttons are easy to use. I would recomend this product (especially for the price) Read more ›
The camera is a nice size. Not huge and bulky, but not very small either. Read more ›
I have had good pictures and so far I have not had any operational issues with this camera. Battery life has been decent with rechargeables. Two things that have been… Read more ›
Battery life is dramatically improved (it becomes great!) by using rechargeable batteries instead of disposables. Read more ›
I took this camera on my recent trip to Disneyland, and it did a great job. The price is fair, and battery life is terrific. I used monster cable rech batts, and never… Read more ›
Its very easy to use yet offers quite a bit of control over the exposure when you don't want auto exposure. Battery life is very good. This unit also has excellent macro… Read more ›
So, everytime you remove the SD card you have to reset the time and date which is NOT good for quick shots or battery life. The battery life is not good on this camera. I… Read more ›
The battery life is excellent on this camera. I've already taken 150+ photos with the children and the batteries have not yet run out. Read more ›
This camera takes good pictures and still working after 5 years. The color is well balanced. Will buy the Powershot version again. Read more ›
For the money, this is a decent little camera. Style and color is great. Am very happy/satisfied Read more ›
All this changed with the A590IS. Color rendition is excellent, and the white balance settings work very well. The camera is not suitable for shooting action sports, but… Read more ›
For now I basically stick to the auto mode…The colors are always crisp and I have gotten some great close-ups with the macros of bees and butterflies in my flower beds. I… Read more ›
But luckily for me I was able to go to New York and use the camera in the auto mode and it took amazing puctures whether it be day…The detail is amazing and color is crisp. Read more ›
I had the same results. The colors are good but the sharpness is not there. I took identical shots with my old HP and with the new Canon. Read more ›
It is lightweight and small enough to keep with me (shirt pocket, or purse). The LCD screen is a nice size. The image stabilization has ended my blurry photo tendency. Read more ›
Wow, great camera, and I got it $40.00 cheaper on…Its much better than my last camera, and it takes great pictures, easy to use and the large viewing screen is fantastic. Read more ›
I purchased this Camera through Amazon for my 11 year old son a month ago. The lighting on the LCD screen is great for both pictures and video. The camera can take up to a… Read more ›
When i received the camera i was suprised by the small size, but it is a really…the display is bright and clear and is plenty big to see your pictures so you can edit them. Read more ›
The 2.5" LCD is bright and crisp. The only issue with the LCD is the 'noise' in low light conditions or when using the digital zoom. Read more ›
Easy to use and offers great flexibility with easy access to the various modes. The screen is clear and bright. Uses 2 AA batteries, I got over 350 shots on a pair of… Read more ›
If you can get a good deal and don't mind delays, the photos it takes are good. It's also comfortable to hold with one hand and has lasted for several years . Auto mode… Read more ›
Now we can hold the optical view finder to our eyes and be certain of the photo no matter how…In addition, the traditional form of the body makes it easy to hold steady. Read more ›
The only…The best part of the camera is that it is light weight and easy to hold and I have never taken an out of focus picture with it when it is on the automatic setting. Read more ›
REALLY!). Its small and very comfortable to hold and use, which is great cuz I have small hands. The red-eye-remover function only works maybe half the time -and yes I've… Read more ›
I use Duracell's rechargeable 2650mAh rated NIMH type and I seem able to get around 400 shots before putting new…The camera is also easy to hold, because of the large grip. Read more ›
It has a lot of modes, most I will probably never use. It is compact, and easy to hold. I am anxious to take it along on a trip and see how it does. Read more ›
Low light picture taking is difficult. The flash is VERY bright so if you want mood lighting (taking a pic of kids blowing out candles) you are out of luck! The flash tends… Read more ›
Granted, Greek sunlight and shadow can create some extreme challenges, but it's still a limiting factor. The flash is useful but don't ask too much of it. You have to be… Read more ›
Considering its price, it takes great quality and vivid pictures. Flash is well balanced and camera size is not too big even when compared to compact cameras. Also, manual… Read more ›
I've used this type of Powershot camera for my work inspecting tanks and pressure…The optical viewfinder is a big plus and the flash's power always pleasantly surprises. Read more ›
I don't know why people think it's so loud...I just turned off the volume, and therefor makes no noise. I love that it is easy turn the flash on and off. This little… Read more ›
Sure, friends with $700…Only gripes are slow time to recharge flash, and it drains rechargable batteries quickly (the flash does this more than the camera itself, I think). Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,416 of 1,435 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2008
I own a DSLR and consider myself a photography enthusiast. I wanted a small compact camera with me when I don't want to lug around my DSLR + lenses and equipment. After a previous good experience with the Canon A720 IS, the new A590 IS seemed like a good choice. Since I'm an advanced photographer, I'll focus on the advanced features of this camera. The auto modes work as well as any other camera in its class, but the extensive manual features is what sets apart the Canon A series. What I like about the camera:

+ Compact, stylish. It's smaller than older A Powershots, and the dark grey color gives it a seriousness compared to the typical bright silver finish.

+ Image stabilization works very well, it allows me to take blur-free photos 2-3 stops below the recommended shutter speed, that means at 35-50mm f2.8 1/10 sec shots are CONSISTENTLY possible indoors without using flash.

+ Good image quality. Expected from Canon, but even better is adjustable contrast, saturation, and sharpness settings, along with the typical JPG compression and resolution sizes.

+ Fast and responsive. I was surprised how responsive this camera is even compared with my DSLR. Shutter lag is very low for a compact digicam, and when I pre-focus with manual focus, it's even faster.

+ Manual modes. Aperture priority and shutter priority are great, the M mode is even better than other A Powershots such as the A720 because now there's a light meter on the right side that adjusts live based on what the camera thinks is the optimal exposure setting. And you can adjust aperture/shutter speed and see how it affects the final exposure. Ideally a live histogram would be even better, but this is very handy.

+ Manual focus.
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457 of 468 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2008
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These PowerShot "A" cameras are Canon's attempt to deliver the quality and features of its more expensive PowerShot "G" and PowerShot Pro "S" lines (such as full zoom lenses) at a budget price. The results are pretty good. (How do I know? Because I've actually gotten to use all of these cameras. I earn my living at Walt Disney World writing a travel guide, and nearly every day guests ask me to take photos of them with their own cameras, which most often are Canon PowerShots.)

Here's my opinion of the top-selling "A" series cameras:

A580. This 2008 model is an A590IS (see below) without image stabilization and with semi-automatic instead of manual controls. I'd spend the extra bucks for the A590IS, because those two features can make quite a difference.

A650 IS. You can do a lot with this sweet little camera, though it may be more than you need. It has a flip-out LCD panel and the option of manual controls. The shots I've seen from this model look great. Keep your ISO under 800 and you won't get any noise.

A720 IS. This fully-loaded 2007 model has all the toys, including a 6x zoom (35mm film equivalent of 35-210mm), image stabilization, adjustable flash power and optional second-curtain flash. This last feature means you can make the flash fire at the end of a long exposure, instead of the beginning, so moving subjects streak into focus instead of out.
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236 of 239 people found the following review helpful By BoaltGeek on March 20, 2008
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The A590IS is the best point and shoot under $200 today (closer to $155 most places). I own an SD600 and my wife, friend, and father (all different people mind you!) own A570IS's. The A590IS is the new version of the A570IS, 2007's best selling camera. Generally, see the rave reviews of the A570IS if you want to know the major pros and cons (in summary: Image Stabilization is amazing, noise is limited, features of all there including manual controls [though no auto-bracketing which no other cameras at this price point have regardless], final picture quality is superior to all other brands at this price point and type, [i.e., point-and-shoot], good size). Rather, here I'll address the main improvements over the A570IS (which is about $30 cheaper):

(1) The A590IS has 8mp vs. 7mp on the A570IS (negligible difference)

(2) The A590IS is slightly faster between non-flash shots BUT slightly SLOWER before the first shot can be taken and slower between shots where flash is used (less than .5 second difference according to CNet)

(3) It's charcoal/gray - minor change from silver, but I like it a lot.

(4) It's "rounder" on the edges but no less stable in your hand, neither camera is too slippery like other overly polished cameras (also, no finger smudges as a result).

(5) There is sometimes increased noise with higher MP cameras, this is NOT the case here - noise levels are similar.

(6) there are some minor additional shooting modes and improvements to other shooting

The only change that is not an improvement is the lowering of the frames per second in the video mode.
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