Canon Powershot A480 reviews and prices: Compact camera

72 customer reviews

+ This digital camera has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on features.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 72 reviews.
Canon Powershot A480: 10 MP (Megapixels), 3.3x optical zoom, SD Card storage, No image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use-my daughter, who usually takes a while to master technology, had this for her 11th birthday and she picked it up very quickly. Especially like the super macro function for taking close ups.
Bad points:
Battery life. It eats up AA batteries within minutes so now use rechargeable. Wish it had a proper rechargeable battery inside it to give longer life.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 May 2010

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very easy for my 12 year old daughter to use. Excellent macro facility and video mode.
Bad points:
None that I have come across as yet!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Jun 2010

Barrie, Preston Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very good on Close up's
Bad points:
Cannon only allowing the features they offer if you sign up to share all information. Not too sure about the lens drive.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Jun 2010

Karen, Glasgow Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I bought this camera for a family holiday in Orlando. It was excellent for our family snaps. It doesn't take up much room in your bag either. It takes AA batteries and they lasted for ages befor you had to replace them, unlike other cameras where you are changing the batteries every hour.

Great value for money.
Bad points:
None.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Jun 2010

Vanessa, Hatfield Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It can in large the image of a face on the lcd screen so it makes it easy to take pictures.
Bad points:
The picture quality not brilliant but it does the job. A good handy snapper!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Dec 2009

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Easily understood instructions for use and linking to computer. Software recognised my old inkjet printer immediately so I bought some morre cartridges for it!
Bad points:
No carrying case which is a shame.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 May 2010

mat, devon

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
easy to use
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Dec 2009

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 3648x2736
Optical zoom ratio 3
Optical zoom ratio 3.3
Screen size (Inches) 2.5
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser No
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Red
Colour Multi
Colour Blue
Colour Silver
Colour Black
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SD Card
Media format MMC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus No
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 140
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof No
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
USB port No
Dimensions (mm) 62x92.1x31.1
Dimensions (mm) 92x62x31
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3-5.8
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f-3-5.8
In-built memory (Megabytes) 32
Release date 2009-02-03
Height in mm 6.2
Width in mm 92.1
Depth in mm 3.1
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 122
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 37

Also known as: Powershot A480, Canon A480

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Manufacturer's Description

Affordable, intuitive and fun, the PowerShot A480 uses Canon know-how to let everyone take great 10 MP photos. Available in four colours, its compact, lightweight design slips easily into any pocket. Features

  • 10.0 MP
  • Compact, easy to use, lightweight design in four colour variations*
  • 3.3x optical zoom
  • DIGIC III
  • 15 shooting modes
  • 1cm Macro shooting
  • Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB
  • Auto Red-Eye Correction
  • Motion Detection Technology
  • 2.5 LCD
  • VGA and LP movies

Fun, pocket-sized and totally intuitive.

10.0 Megapixels
With a 10 Megapixel sensor, you can capture every scene in vivid detail ready for printing at sizes as large as A3+, or cropping to perfection without losing the detail necessary for larger prints.

Compact and colourful
Small and light enough to slip into a pocket, the PowerShot A480 has a classic, stylish design that feels great in the hand. Controlled by a simple button layout, it comes in a choice of four attractive colours.*

3.3x optical zoom
Frame every picture perfectly with a Canon 3.3x optical zoom. In combination with digital zoom, magnification of up to 13x can be achieved.

DIGIC III
As well as powering Face Detection Technology, Canons DIGIC III processor provides fast response times, superb image quality and colour reproduction. DIGIC III also delivers advanced noise reduction ensuring that images remain sharp and clear.

15 shooting modes
A selection of shooting modes – including dedicated Kids & Pets and Indoor modes – make it easy to get the right settings for any scene. Simply select the mode you want, and let the camera take care of everything else.

1cm Macro shooting
A special 1cm Super Macro mode allows you to capture small scale detail from as close as 1cm away.

Great people shots
A suite of Face Detection technologies detects up to nine faces in a scene and adjusts focus, exposure, flash settings and white balance for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones.

Auto Red-Eye Correction
Available in shooting or playback mode, Automatic Red-Eye Correction accurately removes the red-eye effect caused by flash.

Motion Detection Technology
Motion Detection Technology uses changes in scene information and scene brightness to accurately identify subject motion. The optimal ISO level is then automatically set, to minimise blur and maximise image quality.

2.5 LCD
Framing, reviewing and sharing shots are equally easy with a bright 2.5 LCD. Night Display mode aids visibility in low light, while a selectable Grid Line display helps with composition.

VGA and LP movies
Supplement your photos with smooth, 30fps VGA video clips. A special Long Play mode lets you store twice the regular amount of footage on your memory card.


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