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Old Jan 31, 2009, 6:18 AM   #1
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I'm considering selling my Canon Powershot a620 and moving to an a590. I love my a620, but the 4 AA's make it bulky/heavy for a compact. Are the features in the a590 besides the smaller size/weight worth the switch? I'm most interested if the increase in f-stop and iso is noticeable. Flash/megapixels/video are non-issues. I want to have manual controls and have an extremely limited budget, and the a590 seems to be the camera in that market.
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Old Jan 31, 2009, 8:31 AM   #2
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With the A590, you'll get similar picture quality at lower ISO's, the option of using ISO 800 and 1600 (not great quality but useful to have) and a lighter, smaller camera. On the downside, you'll have longer flash recycling time, a slightly worse movie mode (the A590 only shoots at 20 fps at 640 x 480) and you'll lose the twisting LCD.
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Old Jan 31, 2009, 4:44 PM   #3
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Does the A620 have optical image stabilization? I know the A590 does.

You should be able to sell your A620 on ebay to recoup a large portion of the money you'll need to buy an A590. But don't hesitate too long - I think the A590 is on clearance almost everywhereit's being sold.
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Old Jan 31, 2009, 10:46 PM   #4
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I have an A610 (the 5 megapixel version of the A620) and have used an A590 quite a bit. I've always been impressed with my 610 and really enjoy its 'feel'. I've not been impressed by the 590, although it seems to function fine as a relatively inexpensive camera (ie. produces decent pics). It just feels cheap to me. The 610 seems a lot more substantial. Although the 4 batteries do make it a bit bulkier and heavier, they seem to give the 610 alot betterlife. I also enjoy the 610/620's articulatedLCD. Personally, the A590 doesn't offer enough, to me, to give up my A610.

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Old Feb 1, 2009, 3:41 AM   #5
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I'm going to keep the a620, partially because of the bigger sensor, but mostly because it would be easier to have a dedicated manual camera and save up longer to get an ultracompact that I can throw in my pocket. Thanks for the input, made my decision much easier.
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I kinda did the same thing. I got a Canon Elph (used, an older model) to carry when I don't really want to have to deal with a camera. It's the size of a box of cigarettes. I tend to forget I even have it with me. Of the four cameras I own, I use the little Canon the most. It's not my favorite camera, but it's the one that I'm more likely to have with me.

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I love my Canon A620 ,flip monitor is an amazing tool!
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To get a bigger/better increase in camera qualities: smaller form factor, faster lens, and the ability to handle photos more agile capabilities at high ISO settings, I think you have to make a larger jump up the camera food chain. Budget may prevent this, but the newly introduced Canon S-90 or even the Sony WX-1 seem like choices that will give you that much improvement in form factor, image quality, and high iso capability.

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