Pros Full manual capability, lots of extras mean you can do a lot with this camera. Easy mode too for beginners.
Cons AA batteries can be a negative; slow flash recycling; plastic body
Summary I love this camera so far - it is easy for a beginner to take great pictures right out of the box, but it has full-manual capability and tons of features to give you full creative control. I purchased this camera to take to Africa, so the AA batteries were important since there won't be reliable electricity to recharge. I'm a former professional photographer, so I want the creative freedom this camera provides. The image stabilization makes up for the slow flash recycling in some ways, since in many low-light situations you won't necessarily need a flash for sharp images. I would recommend picking up a 4GB SD card so that you have adequate image storage. If you are familiar with Canon's user interface, it's pretty easy to learn how to use the A590's features. However, if you are only looking for a quick and simple snapshot camera, the Kodak interface is probably easier. Seems like this is Canon's typical high-quality camera in an affordable (if maybe a little less stylish) package.
Pros SUPER affordable price, plethora of features, excellent picture quality, CUSTOMIZATION, AA batteries
Cons little bulky, little heavy, AA batteries, plasticky build
Summary I have never been so wowed by a camera of this price for the features and quality it has. It's the same great taste with out the fattening price!
seriously though, this camera kicks major arsses.
I like that it takes AA batteries because I will be traveling abroad much, and don't want to deal with blowing out chargers, and at the same time I hate having to buy and change out AA batteries.
I am concerned that it's not that tough, it feels plasticky, and the shape makes it hard to carry around with ease. However, it is neat to have that little bulge for a little extra grip.
It's certainly a pretty camera loaded with features you usually find in more expensive cameras, and I have not had any picture quality issues at all. Definitely worth having for occasions, vacations, or if you're interested in photography!Updated
I've been using this throughout my trip in China and have been amazed at the quality of pictures I can get even from the auto settings. If you're more of a die hard photographer, check out the manual mode. I've gotten some seriously impressive images out of this little guy. The price is not just right, it's cheap for a great camera! Just make sure you use rechargable AA or lithium AA batteries.
Pros Lots of features, easy to use, uses AA batteries and SD flash memory
Cons Plastic connector for tripods, uses too much memory in camcorder mode
Summary This is the first time I bought a point and shoot digital camera. For an 8.0 MP digital camera, it really blew my mind away. The pictures I took are extremely clear and detailed compared to my Aiptek MPVR. The colors match up pretty well and doesn't need to be adjusted.
The flash doesn't wash away the subject in dark settings and the camera's autofocus is a life saver.
With the ability to change ISO settings, the camera is able to shoot fast moving subjects (i.e. pets running around the living room).
The two things that bug me about the A590 is that it has a plastic connector rather than a brass or steel nut for tripods. I generally use tripods and in my experience, plastic connectors strip faster than the metal ones.
The other thing that bugs me is the fact that the camera's camcorder mode records at a very high bitrate. I shot a six minute video and it took over 400MB. Rather than using this camera for its camcorder function, it's better to stick to a dedicated camcorder.
Overall the quality of the Canon Powershot A590 IS is brilliant. Its cost is great for anyone on a sub $200 budget.
Pros Quality of pictures is average. Do not see why is so highly rated especially when it needs to be recalled due to such a battery problem.
Cons Canon PowerShot A590 IS has a serious battery problem. After only 6 pictures it shows that battery is empty and it wil not work. This camera is a joke and I cannot believe how highly is rated. Please do not buy this product.
Summary Serious problem with battery that appeared 6 months after I purchased it makes this camera a VERY BAD CANON PRODUCT. Please mention this issue at cnet.com on your review and feel free to contact me if you would like more info on this product.
Pros Nice & easy to hold and capture. Various function can apply. MF is simply bonus features
Cons Old design but who cares
Summary With that price, this camera is simply better than Sony cybershot quality picture with great add on features. MF & IS working good and white balance is still reasonable. Very worth item to buy