Canon PowerShot A480

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- Review & Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk

Canon PowerShot A480 is a 10 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 3.3x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 37-122mm), DIGIC III Image Processor, ISO 80-1600, and a High-quality 2.5-inch TFT color LCD. The camera measures 3.63 x 2.44 x 1.22 in./92.1 x 62.0 x 31.1mm, weighs Approx. 4.94 oz./140g (camera body only) and running on 2x AA-size Alkaline Battery. [More Features & Specifications Detail]

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Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot A480 Reviews

Cameras.uk reviews the Canon PowerShot A480 and writes;
“I was impressed by this camera. It takes a good photo in most situations with the minimum of fuss. Load the battery and memory card and you are ready to start taking pictures. This is a good choice for anyone who does not want to spend a fortune on a digital camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Canon PowerShot A480 and writes;
“believe that this digicam does more than any other camera in its class – and it does it very well for less than a hundred and thirty bucks. The A480 is fairly basic, but it delivers consistently and dependably decent images with only minimal input from the individual behind the camera.”
Rating:N/A

DPInterface reviews the Canon PowerShot A480 and writes;
“PowerShot A480 is one of the best entry-level/budget cameras out there – good image quality, movie mode, performance and battery life with very little compromise….”
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CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot A480 and writes;
“The good: Simple; cheap; relatively small; AA battery powered. The bad: Chunky, plastic design; leisurely performance. The bottom line: The Canon PowerShot A480 may be a basic low-priced compact camera, but at least it takes good photos.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

MacWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot A480 and writes;
“Our jury gave the A480’s overall Image Quality a Very Good rating; photos had very little distortion, and exposure without the flash was accurate. Our jury also gave the A480 a Very Good rating for Color Quality; colors were accurate and pleasing, with no noticeable color shifts. The one weak spot was the A480’s image sharpness; our photo looked a little soft.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DPInterface reviews the Canon PowerShot A480 and writes;
“PowerShot A480 is one of the best entry-level/budget cameras out there – good image quality, movie mode, performance and battery life with very little compromise….”
Rating:N/A

InfoSync reviews the Canon PowerShot A480 and writes;
Pros: Great overall image quality. Excellent menu system. Cool design. Cons: Minimal external controls and basic LCD. Inconsistent Low light performance and small aperture range. No viewfinder. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot A480 and writes;
“Overall the Canon Powershot A480 is an easy-to-use and well-balanced camera that produces good photos, making it an excellent choice for the first-time camera buyer.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET.au reviews the Canon PowerShot A480 and writes;
“If you’re looking for a cheap, easy-to-use camera under AU$200 you could do far worse than the PowerShot A480. Design issues aside, it’s a capable compact with decent image quality.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Cameras.uk reviews the Canon PowerShot A480 and writes;
“I was impressed by this camera. It takes a good photo in most situations with the minimum of fuss. Load the battery and memory card and you are ready to start taking pictures. This is a good choice for anyone who does not want to spend a fortune on a digital camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Samples

Canon PowerShot A480 Sample Photos

- Canon PowerShot A480 Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
- Canon PowerShot A480 Sample Photos @ DPInterface
- Canon PowerShot A480 Sample Photos: 123 @ InfoSync
- Canon PowerShot A480 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Canon PowerShot A480 Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk

User Manual

Canon PowerShot A480 User Manual (PDF)

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Press

Canon PowerShot A480 Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 15 January 2009: Canon today replaces its popular PowerShot A470 with a new 10.0 Megapixel model: the extra-compact, affordable PowerShot A480. Redesigned for even more intuitive operation, the PowerShot A480 offers a new build and design that is 25% smaller than that of its predecessor – in a choice of silver, red, blue or black. Flexible framing of shots is made easy by a 3.3x Canon optical zoom, while Canon’s DIGIC III processor delivers high image quality, superb colour reproduction, Face Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology.

Designed to be easy
Every aspect of the PowerShot A480 has been redesigned with one thing in mind: ease of use. Thanks to a new, simplified button layout – with dedicated buttons for zoom, mode and playback and an improved User Interface, it’s as easy to operate as it is to carry. Compact proportions make the PowerShot A480 an ideal ‘take-anywhere’ camera, perfect for capturing spontaneous snapshots.

Generous Megapixels and flexible zoom
The PowerShot A480 uses a 10.0 Megapixel sensor to capture every scene in vivid detail, ready for printing at sizes as large as A3+. This is complemented by a 3.3x optical zoom, which provides the flexibility to frame everyday shots to perfection.

Canon know-how for great shots made easy
At the heart of the PowerShot A480 is Canon’s DIGIC III image processor. As well as ensuring exceptional image quality – with ultra-low noise levels and outstanding colour reproduction – DIGIC III drives the rapid response times, and Canon’s own Face Detection Technology. Designed to make great people shots easier than ever, Face Detection Technology 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.

To keep shots looking sharp, Motion Detection Technology uses changes in scene information to identify subject motion and camera-shake. ISO is then optimised for minimum blur and maximum image quality.

Ready for any occasion
A range of 15 preset shooting modes allows any user to instantly get the correct settings for common scenes. Options include dedicated Kids & Pets, Sunset, and Indoor modes. It’s also equally easy to shoot spontaneous 30fps video clips, ready for upload to the internet or sharing via the bright 2.5” LCD screen. Plus, because the PowerShot A480 is powered by AA batteries, users can enjoy a convenient, readily available source of power.

“Whether you’re 7 years old or 70, the PowerShot A480 offers a great-value way to discover the fun of taking pictures,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “This camera brings Canon’s unrivalled image quality to its widest audience yet.”

Features at a glance:

- Compact, lightweight 10.0 Megapixel camera in four colour variations (silver, red, blue or black)*
- Canon 3.3x optical zoom
- Easy to use, with simple button layout and intuitive user interface
- 2.5” LCD with Image Inspection Tool for focus checking
- People shots made easy with Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB and
- Red-Eye Correction in both shooting and playback
- DIGIC III processing delivers high-quality images and intelligent technologies
- Combats blur with Motion Detection Technology
- Smooth, 30fps VGA movies with Long Play mode
- 15 shooting modes
- Safety FE avoids blow-out when the flash is used
- Powered by AA batteries


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3 Comments »

Comment by aisai
2009-04-19 22:43:12

blue color is good
i like canon a480

 
Comment by mohhd umar alvi
2010-06-21 01:07:14

one of the nicest cameras ever made by canon

 
Comment by Sally
2010-08-18 04:33:31

I have porchased the Canon Powershot A480 and I have this to say about it:

First it uses common batteries, AA, I think, so you can replace the batteries atwill and everyone has these kinds of batteries. In fancy cameras you have to recharde a fancy battery. This means worry. But not with this camera. Well done!

Second the memory chip is easily installed, upgraded and so on. It is super easy to deal with. Also the memory card can fit any memory card reader, so again it has universal compatiability. Well done!

Third and most importantly you do not need to fight the technology, it is fairly easy to use. If you want to take photo’s it is simple to do. Laste at night, if you want to filldle with it, the camera can make small movies. But you need a large memory card, maybe 8 gigs or so.

Finally this, the camera is trustworthy, and can deal with a lot of jolts.

If you want a camera for the road get this one, after all, if you get a 64 GB chip ( and there are such things) I think the camera is good for about one month without cleaning the chip.

I have taken, and this is true, over 12,000 photographs with this camera and it has never let me down. I think if it had any more features I would not have bought it.

You can mak, as I have said, some small, very small point and click movies. But these are only for suvonier clips, or making small thumbnail movies. The movies play back on all software mediums.

But seems impossible to get a electric plug connector. This is needed if you want to make a longer movie clip without using battery power.

This cmera is as good as it gets without having to buy extra special chips and stuff. It is also 10 mpx. Very cool. It can take small, mdium or large pictures, has a self timer and other things.

At the beach my friends worry about their powersource. with this camera you just change the batteries. The 32kb Chip, which comes free is useless, but a good demo. get at least a 2 GIG, ideally an 8 GIG. You can burn it stright to CD, easily too.

This is a “buy 2″ product for the a mature photographer. I am sure they will add more things to it and spoil it.

 

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