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Canon PowerShot A580 Camera: Review

The beautiful Canon PowerShot A580 possesses almost identical features. The resolution is eg 8 megapixels and is equipped with technological features such as the motion detection for reducing camera shake, Face Detection Technology with white balance and automatic red-eye reduction. Canon PowerShot A580 has a 2.5-inch screen and 4x optical zoom. The CCD sensor is 1/2, 5 inches.

Canon PowerShot A580: Design

Aesthetically, the Canon PowerShot A580 digital camera has a modern design with clean lines and a comfortable side handle for an easy grip. Regarding the size, measuring 94.3 mm in width, 64.7 mm in height and 40.8 mm in thickness, while the weight is 175 grams. The display is, finally, a 2.5-inch TFT with a resolution of 115,000 pixels, but there is also an optical viewfinder for easy framing in strong light.

Canon PowerShot A580: Features and Capabilities

Earlier this year, Canon has decided to extend the range of its popular PowerShot A series digital cameras and I did it by presenting three new models including the Canon PowerShot A580, a camera ideal for the novice user as provided with commands almost exclusively automatic, able to ensure even the less experienced excellent results.

Speaking of specifications, the A580 is equipped, as the A590, of an image sensor of CCD type, 1/2, 5 inches in size and with an effective resolution of 8 megapixels. With a sensor of this kind, it is possible to achieve a photographic quality of 3,264×2,448 pixels, with exceptional prints even in large sizes.

As for the optics, the lens mounted on the Canon PowerShot A580 is Canon branded and consists of 7 elements in 5 groups, including 2 aspherical elements, also has a focal length of 5.8 to 23.2 mm, equivalent to 35 – 140 mm in the traditional format 35 mm, focal length and maximum aperture equal to F2.6-F5.5.

This camera can also shoot subjects in the distance, thanks to the presence of an optical zoom slightly above average, 4x, and also a digital zoom of 4x, for a total capacity of 16 magnifications. It’s also the Safety Zoom offers extra zoom magnification without affecting image quality.

How about all the latest digital cameras from this manufacturer, also the Canon PowerShot A580 uses the DIGIC III image processor, which offers high-speed performance, better color rendition and cleaner images at high ISO speeds, and iSAPS, which analyzes the shooting scene data to optimize camera settings before shooting.

Moving on the features available, but to mention, first, that the camera lacks manual controls and is almost completely automatic, so everyone can get fot perfect in every circumstance, even those who are fasting in photography. Among the most important functions, outstanding technology Face Detection AF / AE, which ensures excellent portraits, as it automatically detects up to nine faces in a frame and sets the focus, exposure and flash the optimum, while eye correction ensures a natural look to the eyes and acts directly during shooting.

Canon PowerShot A580
Canon PowerShot A580

A large absence on the Canon PowerShot A580 is a real image stabilizer, which is a negative side, because it is a very important function especially for those who are not very experienced in this field, but it is noted an absence of other cameras in the Serie A. On the other hand there is the “Motion Detection” for reducing camera shake.

Other features include 16 shooting modes, including Special Scene modes for some difficult lighting conditions. Various modes include Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Landscape, Fireworks, and many others, while the My Colors function allows you to apply special color effects to images and movies.

The camera finally allows you to record VGA movies with sound, with a maximum resolution of 640×480 pixels and up to 30 frames per second. Another important feature is the direct printing, ie simply connect the camera to a PictBridge printer and press the Share button to print photos directly.

Finally, the Canon PowerShot A580 has a 32 MB memory card included, but it is advisable to buy more capacious, choosing from the Secure Digital, SDHC, MMC-, the MMCPlus and HC MMCPlus. As for autonomy, the camera is powered by two alkaline batteries, which provide approximately 220 shots and 540 minutes of playback, a value that changes depending on the type of batteries used. Thanks to the USB cable and the audio / video, finally, can connect it to the computer and the TV.


The Canon PowerShot A580 is a camera affordable and suitable for beginners of photography. Convenient, small and handy, it has a fairly large display, various scene modes, specific function for the realization of portraits, functions for retouching and the optical viewfinder, while the image stabilizer is absent. The available memory and zooming are slightly above average but nothing special.

Where to Buy Canon PowerShot A580

Canon PowerShot A580 8MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
  • 8.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16x 22-inch prints
  • 4x optical zoom
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen; Face Detection
  • New Easy Mode simplifies operation
  • Captures images to SD memory cards (included); powered by AA batteries
Easy of Use
Value of Money

PROS : Available memory slightly above average; optical viewfinder, face detection, 4x Optical Zoom.

CONS : Alkaline Batteries, No image stabilizer.

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