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trouble with a590

by mje13 / March 23, 2008 6:41 AM PDT

I recently purchased the a590 after reading alot about it and hearing good things. I am not very impressed. But it might be my doing does any one know the best manual settings that i can set the camera to to get sharp clear pictures.. or should i just return the camera and get a different one?
if anyone could please help me i would greatly appreciate it.



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Canon A590
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 23, 2008 8:42 AM PDT
In reply to: trouble with a590

Starting with a new camera, the best setting is the "Auto" setting.

Your description of the problem is a bit sparse.

Let's try this:
Pick one of the "not sharp pictures" and put it on your computer hard drive.
Go to the picture file and RIGHT click on the file.
Click Properties.
Click the Summary tab.
If you see no data - click on the Advanced button.
We would like to know the following:

Shutter Speed
Lens Aperture
ISO Speed

Let us know what you find.


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Canon A590
by mje13 / March 23, 2008 9:22 AM PDT
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this is on the auto setting the shutter speed is set at 1/60. the lens is at 2.6 and my ISO is at 200. The pictures are coming out very grainy.

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by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / March 23, 2008 9:56 AM PDT
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Grainy usually means the camera does not do well with higher ISOs, but I looked at 400ISO pics from that camera and they seemed very good for that level.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 23, 2008 1:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Canon A590

Without seeing the photo, I will have to do some guessing.

I would guess that you were using the flash and possibly using some optical zoom.

When using that camera without optical zoom, the flash has a maximum range of 16.4 feet. If you are using full optical zoom, it has a maximum range of 11.4 feet.

If the area you are photographing is further away than that, you should not be using flash at all.


If my assumptions are correct, try this:

Prepare to take the same picture without Flash.

With camera-on (in picture taking mode):

Turn the Mode Knob to Program (P) setting.
That will kill the flash.

Press the Func Set button on the back of the camera.
Now use the RIGHT side of the 4 way control switch (the donut shaped switch on the back of the camera) and select 1600, then press the Func Set button.
That sets the ISO to 1600.

Frame you shot and press the shutter button half way down.
If you get a flashing red light in the lower right corner of the LCD, it indicates that the shutter speed is too slow.

Which means you need to set the camera on a tripod or set it on a table.

Take the picture.


If that worked, try it again with the ISO set to 800.
If that worked, try it again with the ISO set to 400.

The lowest ISO setting that works is the best setting.

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