Pros great auto settings
Cons annoyingly slow flash cycle time
Summary I'm a father and this camera is excellent for shooting family photos. The auto-setting is very satisfactory, but the camera also allows full manual setting. 8 megapixels really is enough, and the 4X optical zoom also is good enough.
The only real downer is the long time (more than 5 secs) it takes to recharge the flash. My kids aren't that patient, you know!
Pros Image quality good.
Cons Battery Consumption Defect!
Summary Our thanks to Future Shop for their great return policy. The Canon Powershot a590is is honestly a NO buy as there is a defect when it comes to the low battery indicator that constantly comes on. When contacting Canon they stated that we should see how many shots we can take with it constantly on as they acknowledged this defect to us. When we first bought it after placing new 2AA NIMH 2500mAh rechargeable batteries fully charged within 10 shots the indicator flashed. Which is ridiculous. Switching to another make of batteries the same problem. It takes way too long to recharge the flash at least 5 seconds before you can take another shot which when further looked at powering it on is also way too battery consumptive and long. Once the battery is designated as low it will not come on and power up at all which became the case shortly after. Obviously there is a major problem/s with this camera. This was not the only one we purchased as to be able to evaluate it further we bought another one at another different store and the same defect A Canon recall of this camera should be in order so that this defect is properly taken care of so that like us people will not have to be returning or even more troublesome going out to purchase other brands of batteries and somehow thinking they can correct this problem themselves. Believe us the only other way to solve this is by not purchasing it at all. Hope this helps out someone out there who is thinking of purchasing this camera because they think it is economical or has already done so and is having this problem better off they spend a little more and get a camera that works. Which is just what we did by buying another pricier Canon. Wish us luck and we hope you too have much luck and fun finding that camera gift for the holiday season.
Pros Wide selection of automatic and manual settings. Uses AA batteries and SDHC Memory cards
Cons I have found nothing negative with this camera.
Summary I have been using this camera for over a year and the pictures this camera take are incredible and suitable for framing. For the money I don't think you can find a better buy. The battery life is good averaging about 450 pictures on a single use of rechargable batteries. The shape of the camera makes it easy to hold steady for great pictures.
Pros Takes great pictures and user friendly. Definitely a good deal for its low low price
Cons too slow shot-to-shot, not too good picture quality in low-light
Summary For a camera priced at $250 or less, it has more functions that other expensive cameras offer. This a the perfect camera for newbies who want to experiment with manual controls. Although the shot-to-shot frame may be too slow for others, it still has other features that the budget conscious consumer will truly appreciate.
"nice camera"on by vvcougar71
Pros size, manual controls, pictures in good light, AA batteries.
Cons LCD outdoors, no in camera sharpening settings, viewfinder not the best but at least it has one, noise in low light pictures even at iso 100.
Summary I like this camera because unlike others I like a bigger camera with a grip not a credit card size camera. I like using 2 AA's rather than the other type batteries. It takes really nice pictures in good light but noisy pictures in low light. Made very nice 8X10 with it and would not be afraid to go 11X14. Can't beat the price. When it comes to DSLR's I'm a Nikon guy but for point and shoot I like this camera over Nikon's P&S cameras. All in all I'm very pleased with this camera and once again it has a great price plus manual controls.