Pre-PMA 2008: Canon's Powershot A-Series of digital compacts today swelled with the addition of three new models featuring brand new technology for 2008. The A470 is a $149 7.1 megapixel, 3.4x zoom entry-level digicam whilst the $179 A580 and $199 A590is (basically the same camera with lens-shift stabilization) pack 8.0 megapixels and 4x optics with the practical, ergonomic body shape we've come to expect from a Canon 'A'. The Powershot A470, A580 and A590is should be in stores from late February /early March.

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Press Release:

Blur-busting features come to Canon digital compacts

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 24 January, 2008: Canon today announces the launch of four new compact cameras with powerful new features that say bye-bye to blur and offer enhanced point-and-shoot capability. The cameras include brand-new blur-reducing Motion Detection Technology, plus new technology evolutions. Canon’s Face Detection Technology now features Face Detection White Balance, and Red-Eye Correction, can now remove red-eye automatically as the user shoots. Each camera also has a Face Select & Track function. The Digital IXUS 80 IS and PowerShot A590 IS include Canon’s leading lens-shift optical Image Stabilizer lens for additional blur reduction and low-light shooting capability.

From the ultra-stylish colour variations of the Digital IXUS 80 IS, to the expandable functionality of the PowerShot A590 IS, the emphasis on this new batch of Canon digital compacts is on taking the hassle out of everyday image-making, while providing Canon’s hallmark design and manufacturing excellence.
“Canon leads the field in image quality because it relies on intelligent solutions, not quick fixes,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “Every camera released today incorporates class-leading features to combat common problems like camera shake and subject blur, without sacrificing overall image quality.”

The four new cameras are:

  • Digital IXUS 80 IS – a compact, curved design in four attractive colour variations (Classic Silver, Candy Pink, Chocolate, Caramel), 8.0 Megapixels, 3x zoom with optical Image Stabilizer and 2.5” high resolution PureColor LCD II
  • PowerShot A590 IS – 8.0 Megapixels, 4x zoom with optical Image Stabilizer, new Easy mode and full Manual control, range of optional lens accessories, 2.5” LCD and optical viewfinder
  • PowerShot A580 – 8.0 Megapixels, 4x zoom, 2.5” LCD and optical viewfinder, plus new Easy mode
  • PowerShot A470 – 7.1 Megapixels, 3.4x zoom, 2.5” LCD and four colour variations (Red, Blue, Green, Silver)

Ultimate blur solution
With new Motion Detection Technology and the optical Image Stabilizer lens, Canon provides a comprehensive and intelligent solution to blur. Activated in High ISO Auto mode, Motion Detection Technology takes information from multiple sources – Face Detection Technology, scene brightness, subject movement and the optical Image Stabilizer (where available) – to assess camera or subject movement. It then calculates the minimum boost in ISO levels (between ISO 80-800) necessary to compensate for that motion. The wide range of inputs and precision of the Motion Detection algorithms ensure that Canon’s system avoids trading reduced blur for an unnecessary increase in image noise.

The lens-shift type optical Image Stabilizer lens found in the Digital IXUS 80 IS and PowerShot A590 IS also contributes to low-noise images. It uses a moveable lens element – rather than a boost in ISO – to counteract the effects of camera-shake, with no accompanying increase in noise. This makes cameras with IS and Motion Detection Technology doubly effective against blur: Motion Detection Technology takes IS into account when calculating ISO levels, thus increasing image quality even further.

Exceptional Face Detection Technology
Face Detection White Balance and Face Select & Track are included in all four models, enhancing portraits and people shots taken in a wide range of situations. Face Detection White Balance sets the white balance for the face detection frame, in addition to the focus, exposure and flash set by previous versions of Face Detection. The result is portraits with natural skin tones, in all environments whether lit by artificial, natural, or mixed light sources. Face Select & Track follows a user-selected face around the frame, ensuring that the best results are achieved at the moment the photographer shoots.
Red-Eye Correction is enhanced for 2008. In addition to Red-Eye Correction in playback, each of the models now features automatic Red-Eye Correction in shooting. Auto Red-Eye Correction detects and removes red-eye as the user shoots, for natural, red-eye free images.

Enhanced Auto Focus
New AF Point Zoom allows the photographer to magnify the AF frame when the shutter button is pressed half way, so that facial expressions can be checked before shooting. AF performance in low light has been significantly improved to achieve focus in scenes at around one stop darker, so that users can now take excellent shots in low-light conditions where they would have been unobtainable before.

Canon Powershot A470 / A580 / A590 IS specifications

A590 IS

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 7.1 million effective pixels

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 8.0 million effective pixels
Image Processor
DIGIC III with iSAPS technology
Image sizes • 3072 x 2304
• 3072 x 1728
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 3264 x 2448
• 3264 x 1832
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 20fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
• 160 x 120 @ 15fps
File formats • JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• AVI [Motion JPEG compression]
• WAVE audio (mono)
Lens • 3.4x optical zoom
• 38 – 132mm (35mm equivalent)
• 6.3 - 21.6 mm
• 3.0 - 5.8
• 4x optical zoom
• 35– 140mm (35mm equivalent)
• 5.8 - 23.2 mm
• F2.6 - 5.5
Image stabilization No Yes, Lens-shift
Conversion lenses No • Tele-converter 1.75x TC-DC52A
• Wide-converter 0.7x WC-DC52
• Close-up Lens 250D (52mm)
• Conversion Lens Adapter LA-DC52G
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Focus TTL autofocus
AF area modes • AiAF (Face Detection/9-point)
• 1-point AF (fixed centre or Face Select and Track)
AF assist lamp Yes
Closest focus distance 1cm from front of lens (Super Macro mode) 5cm from front of lens
(Macro mode)
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Centre-weighted average
• Spot (centre)
ISO sensitivity AUTO, High ISO Auto (incorporating Motion Detection Technology), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Exposure bracketing no
Shutter speed • 1/60 - 1/2000 sec (factory default)
• 15 - 1/2000 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)
Aperture n/a unspecified
Modes Auto, Manual, Super Macro, Movie, Special Scene
Auto, Manual, Easy, Movie, Special Scene
Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Easy, Movie, Special Scene
Scene modes Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Night Scene, Aquarium Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium
White balance Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
White balance fine tune n/a
Self timer 2 or 10 sec, custom
Continuous shooting n/a
Image parameters n/a My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color (limited))
My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color (limited))
Flash • Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow sync, red eye reduction
• Range: 30cm - 3.0m (wide), 2.0m (tele)
• Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow sync, red eye reduction
• Range: 30cm - 3.5m (wide), 2.2m (tele)
• Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow sync, red eye reduction
• Range: 30cm - 3.5m (wide), 2.2m (tele)
Viewfinder n/a
LCD monitor • 2.5” TFT
• approx. 115,000 dots
Connectivity • USB
• AV out (PAL/NTSC)
• USB 2.0 High Speed
• AV out (PAL/NTSC)
Print compliance • EXIF Print
• DPOF 1.1
Storage • SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus.
• 32MB memory card supplied
Power • 2x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries (Alkalines supplied)
• AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (optional)
Weight (no batt) 165g (5.8 oz) 175g (6.2 oz)
Dimensions 104.8 x 55.1 x 40.7mm
(4.1 x 2.2 x 1.6 in)
94.3 x 64.7 x 40.8mm
(3,7 x 2.5 x 1.6 in)

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