• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.0 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon A590 IS advantages over Olympus Stylus 1s

  • Thinner
    41 mm vs 56 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    221g vs 402g
    Lighter weight

Olympus Stylus 1s advantages over Canon A590 IS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    300 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 115k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    12.0 vs 8.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    2 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/500 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 1.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Canon A580

Canon A590 IS
Canon A580
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Less shutter lag
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Olympus Stylus 1s
Canon A580
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Canon E1

Canon A590 IS
Canon E1
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
Olympus Stylus 1s
Canon E1
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Canon A1000 IS

Canon A590 IS
Canon A1000 IS
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
Olympus Stylus 1s
Canon A1000 IS
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon P7100

Canon A590 IS
Nikon P7100
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen
Olympus Stylus 1s
Nikon P7100
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $500
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Olympus Stylus 1

Canon A590 IS
Olympus Stylus 1
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Olympus Stylus 1s
Olympus Stylus 1
  • $549
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Newer
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster JPEG shooting
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