Great Budget Camera

Canon knows how to make excellent compact cameras, and the PowerShot A590 IS is another winner from the maker. We stopped in Hong Kong a couple of times in 2008, and put the camera through a bit of cityscape photography.

The A590 IS is lighter than it looks, thanks - or due to its plastic shell. The camera handles very well, controls and buttons are where they suppose to be. The menu is Canon standard: clear and easy to use.

Image quality is very good. We snap many pictures during the course of a day so we can appreciate the A590 IS's use of standard AA batteries - plus, spare rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries are outrageously expensive. It's also refreshing to see a camera in this price range having full and easy manual exposure control. In future iterations of this camera, we'd like to see built-in distortion reduction.


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  • very good image quality
  • easy to use controls and buttons
  • optical image stabilization
  • good 2.5 inch LCD
  • full manual control mode
  • use readily available AA batteries
  • great value

  • image distortion at wide angle

  • great-value budget camera