Canon A590IS - unboxing questions

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Peabody, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Peabody

    Peabody Guest

    The local Staples store had the A590IS on sale for $99, and
    I figured that's as good a deal as I need, and I picked one
    up this morning. A couple questions for the experts here:

    I'm usually reluctant to install software that comes with
    devices like this. It usually doesn't work well, and just
    adds yet another startup program. I'm sure XP would have no
    problem downloading regular pictures, but there are other
    things it might not handle well, like videos, and perhaps
    other things. Does anyone have strong feelings on this
    software installation question, either way, for this
    particular camera?

    I plan to use CHDK with this camera and do some lengthy
    time-lapse sequences. Instead of buying the AC adapter, I
    would like to build an external battery pack (two C or D
    cells), and plug that into the DC-In jack where the adapter
    would normally plug in. But I would need the right
    connector to do that. From what I can find, it appears to
    be an EIAJ-01 connector, 2.35 X 0.7 mm. This connector used
    to be R/S item 274-1531, but alas, no longer. Does anyone
    know where I can get one of these connectors? It could even
    be a dirt-cheap AC adapter for something else that I could
    scavange the connector from - one of my old cell-phone
    chargers is close, but no cigar.

    Oh, and could someone confirm that on the Canon ACK800 AC
    adapter, the center terminal is positive and the barrel
    negative? I wouldn't want to get it backwards. :)

    Thanks for any help or suggestions.
    Peabody, Feb 15, 2009
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    Ray Fischer Guest

    Shrug. Canon's one of the big players and their software is going to
    be less crappy than some others.
    You can buy the AC adapter and just cut off the brick. :)
    Ray Fischer, Feb 16, 2009
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    The size of the plug is determined by polarity and to some extent
    voltage. You should be able to get the plug from Radio Shack. Take the
    camera and they can figure out the polarity. On the A95 it's center +ve,
    I imagine yours would be same.
    Dave Cohen
    Dave Cohen, Feb 16, 2009
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    Peabody Guest

    Nervous Nick says...
    Yes, that certainly would work. Thanks very much.
    Peabody, Feb 17, 2009
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