"Really clear photos for the buck"4.5 starson by dungeondragon85
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.