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Identification and Background

The Canon PowerShot A series of digital cameras was released by Canon in 1998 with the A5 model. The A-series is Canon's budget line of cameras.

The A590 IS model was released in January of 2008 featuring a sensor resolution of 8 megapixels, a 4x optical zoom, image stabilizer, and a 2.5 inch LCD screen. It improved upon previous A5xx series models with an added motion detection technology, automatic red-eye correction, and a full manual mode.

The Canon PowerShot A590 IS is the most recent of the A5xx series and can easily be identified by the words PowerShot A590 IS located on the front cover of the camera.

Technical Specs

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

  • 8.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
  • Approx. 8.3 Total Megapixels
  • Approx. 8.0 Effective Megapixels


  • 5.8-23.2mm f/2.6-5.5 (35mm film equivalent: 35-140mm) Focal Length
  • 4x Digital Zoom
  • Focusing Range
    • Normal: 1.5 ft./45cm-infinity
    • Macro: 2.0 in.-1.5 ft./5-45cm (W), 12 in.-1.5 ft./30-45cm (T)
  • TTL Autofocus, Manual focus (shooting standby only in movie mode)


  • Real image optical zoom viewfinder
  • 2.5-inch amorphous silicon TFT color LCD Monitor
  • Approx. 115,000 LCD pixels
  • 100% LCD Coverage

Aperture and Shutter

  • f/2.6 (W) - f/5.5 (T) Maximum Aperture
  • 15-1/2000 sec. (settable in Tv and M) Shutter Speed

Exposure Control

  • Sensitivity
    • Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
  • Light Metering Method
    • Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot
      • Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
      • Metering frame is fixed to the center
  • Exposure Control Method
    • Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE; AE Lock
  • Exposure Compensation
    • +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

  • Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom


  • Built-in Flash
    • Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro
  • 12 in.-11 ft./30cm-3.5m (W), 12 in.-7.2 ft./30cm-2.2m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto) Flash Range
  • 10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.0V) Recycling Time
  • Flash Exposure Compensation
    • +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Specifications

  • Shooting Modes
    • Auto, Easy, P, Av, Tv, M, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Night Scene, Aquarium), Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Movie
  • Photo Effects
    • Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom
  • Self Timer
    • Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
  • Continuous Shooting
    • Approx. 1.4 fps (Large/Fine)

Image Storage

  • Storage Media
    • SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
  • File Format
    • Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
  • Image Recording Format
    • Normal, Fine, SuperFine


  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack) Computer Interface
  • Video Out - NTSC/PAL
  • Audio Out - Monaural
  • Other
    • Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
  • Power Source
    • AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
    • Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2)
    • AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (optional)
  • Shooting Capacity (BP-511)
    • Still Image: approx. 220 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 500 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
  • Playback Time(BP-511/512)
    • Approx. 540 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 660 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)

Physical Specifications

  • Operating Temperature = 32-104°F/0-40°C
  • Operating Humidity = 10-90%
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) = 3.71 x 2.55 x 1.61 in./94.3 x 64.7 x 40.8mm
  • Weight = Approx. 6.17 oz./175g (camera body only)

Additional Information

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Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Information regarding Canons PowerShot A series of cameras can be found at

Canon PowerShot A

The user guide and software guide for the A590IS is available for download at


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