As well as being compared against other digicams, the Canon PowerShot A590 IS is also often compared to travel zooms, pro digicams, ultra compacts, super zooms, mirrorless and compacts. The Canon PowerShot A590 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot A510 and the PowerShot SX200 IS) and Samsung (such as the SH100 and the S85)

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A590 IS compared to other digicam competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (2.5" vs 1.8"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a slightly longer battery life (200 shots vs 140 shots), is newer (january 2008 vs august 2004) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't support an external flash.

Canon PowerShot A640

Canon PowerShot A640
1 year older

Significant advantages of the A640 (vs the A590 IS)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the A640 (vs the A590 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the A640 and A590 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.6
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
5 months older
$600

Significant advantages of the SX100 IS (vs the A590 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX100 IS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Shorter battery life: 140 shots vs 200 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX100 IS and A590 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.6
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Pentax Optio 750Z

Pentax Optio 750Z
3 years older

Significant advantages of the 750Z (vs the A590 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 750Z (vs the A590 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the 750Z and A590 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.6
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A590 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.6 vs f/3.4) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly larger (mid size (94×65×41 mm) vs compact (104×61×26 mm)) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 10.6 MP).

Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

Canon PowerShot SX200 IS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SX200 IS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX200 IS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.6
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX200 IS and A590 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (103×61×38 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Light weight: 220 g vs 225 g

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
6 years newer
$359

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (104×61×26 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2.6
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX600 HS and A590 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (104×61×26 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Light weight: 188 g vs 225 g

Canon ELPH 115 HS

Canon ELPH 115 HS
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the 115 HS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the 115 HS (vs the A590 IS)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the 115 HS and A590 IS

  • Fairly small: Super compact (93×52×22 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Light weight: 133 g vs 225 g

Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F500 EXR
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the F500 EXR (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the F500 EXR (vs the A590 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.6
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the F500 EXR and A590 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (104×64×33 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Light weight: 215 g vs 225 g

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
2 years newer
$499

Significant advantages of the SX210 IS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the SX210 IS (vs the A590 IS)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX210 IS and A590 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (106×59×32 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Light weight: 220 g vs 225 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A590 IS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.6 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3") and has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 1,040k dots).

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200
6 years newer
$232

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.6
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the A590 IS)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S200 and A590 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm FinePix E900 Zoom

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2 years older

Significant advantages of the E900 Zoom (vs the A590 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 32 mm vs 35 mm

Significant disadvantages of the E900 Zoom (vs the A590 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the E900 Zoom and A590 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
8 years newer
$532 - $649

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the A590 IS)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and A590 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
5 years newer
$598

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 115k dots
  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the A590 IS)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 II and A590 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A590 IS compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.6 vs f/3.1), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none), has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second) and slightly longer exposures (15 seconds vs 1 seconds).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 26 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), is much larger (mid size (94×65×41 mm) vs ultra compact (93×54×19 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 250 shots).

Samsung SH100

Samsung SH100
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the SH100 (vs the A590 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SH100 (vs the A590 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SH100 and A590 IS

  • None found

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610
4 years newer
$133

Significant advantages of the DSC-W610 (vs the A590 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W610 (vs the A590 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W610 and A590 IS

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S200

Nikon Coolpix S200
1 year older

Significant advantages of the S200 (vs the A590 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S200 (vs the A590 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S200 and A590 IS

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A590 IS compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.6 vs f/3.4), is slightly smaller (mid size (94×65×41 mm) vs prosumer size (120×82×92 mm)), is thinner (1.6" vs 3.6"), is slightly lighter (225 g vs 508 g) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
7 years newer
$249 - $255

Significant advantages of the SX530 HS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SX530 HS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.6
  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.6"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX530 HS and A590 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Very light: 442 g vs 225 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.6"

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
6 years newer
$244

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 22 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the A590 IS)

  • Significantly thicker: 3.6" vs 1.6"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the L830 and A590 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Light weight: 508 g vs 225 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.6"

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
8 months older
$281

Significant advantages of the S5 IS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the S5 IS (vs the A590 IS)

  • Heavier: 550 g vs 225 g

common strengths of the S5 IS and A590 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.6
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×80×78 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A590 IS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is slightly smaller (mid size (94×65×41 mm) vs standard size (115×84×47 mm)) and is slightly lighter (225 g vs 336 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 20fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 460k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 15.8 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
3 years newer
$795 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the A590 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the A590 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DMC-G3 and A590 IS

  • Fairly small: Standard size (115×84×47 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Light weight: 336 g vs 225 g
  • Thin: 1.9" vs 1.6"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A590 IS compared to compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (35 mm vs 37 mm), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it is slightly larger (mid size (94×65×41 mm) vs compact (94×62×31 mm)), is thicker (1.6" vs 1.2") and is slightly heavier (225 g vs 175 g).

Canon PowerShot A510

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3 years older

Significant advantages of the A510 (vs the A590 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A510 (vs the A590 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 3.1 MP vs 8 MP

common strengths of the A510 and A590 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot A490

Canon PowerShot A490
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the A490 (vs the A590 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (94×62×31 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.2" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the A490 (vs the A590 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the A490 and A590 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot E1

Canon PowerShot E1
7 months newer

Significant advantages of the E1 (vs the A590 IS)

  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 1.6"
  • Lighter: 160 g vs 225 g

Significant disadvantages of the E1 (vs the A590 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the E1 and A590 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Kodak EasyShare Z1285

Kodak EasyShare Z1285
similar age

Significant advantages of the Z1285 (vs the A590 IS)

  • Smaller: Compact (90×65×32 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Higher true resolution: 12 MP vs 8 MP
  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the Z1285 (vs the A590 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the Z1285 and A590 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash

Samsung S85

Samsung S85
6 months older

Significant advantages of the S85 (vs the A590 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (100×63×23 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the S85 (vs the A590 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 35 mm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S85 and A590 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot A495

Canon PowerShot A495
1 year newer
$112

Significant advantages of the A495 (vs the A590 IS)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (94×62×31 mm) vs Mid size (94×65×41 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.2" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the A495 (vs the A590 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the A495 and A590 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash