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Canon Powershot A480

alaTest has collected and analyzed 915 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but opinions about the viewfinder and shutter are different. There are some critical views about the storage and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon Powershot A480 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A480 (Silver)


The key to appreciating the Canon PowerShot A480 is not to expect much. The camera has basic low-end camera specifications and features at an inexpensive price barely more than $100. Generally, you have to spend about twice that to start getting newer...

Simple; cheap; relatively small; AA battery powered.

Chunky, plastic design; leisurely performance.

The Canon PowerShot A480 may be a basic low-priced compact camera, but at least it takes good photos.

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Canon PowerShot A480 Point-and-Shoot Review


Good image quality ; Very easy to use

No image stabilization whatsoever ; Very plasticky build

The super-entry-level PowerShot A480 does offer good image quality, but the lack of any stabilization is a major drawback.

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Canon Powershot A480 Review


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 17, 2009 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced 10 new PowerShot cameras that offer an array of photographic options for the entry-level consumer right up to the photo enthusiast. Whether on a...


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Canon PowerShot A480 First Impressions Camera Review


The Canon PowerShot A480 is a budget-minded point-and-shoot aimed squarely at beginners. It features a 10-megapixel sensor, 3.3x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD, and a plethora of shooting modes, making it easy to take pictures without the need to muck...

The A480 is a cute but not-so-small point and shoot aimed at the budget-conscious consumer who wants the least amount of fuss when taking pictures at birthday parties and other family events. In keeping with the no-fuss concept, the A480 doesn't come...

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Canon PowerShot A480 Review


The Canon PowerShot A480 showed a lot of promise in our First Thoughts.

Compact ; Easy to use ; Excellent image quality

Grainy LCD ; Poor in low light ; No viewfinder

ISO 200 images were also very good, but show a bit less snap. At the ISO 400 setting (and higher) noise is noticeable and there's a perceptible loss of fine detail.

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Canon PowerShot A480 Blue Digital Camera Review


Canon PowerShot A480 is the camera that is the most impressive camera Canon has innovated since couple of years in the low-end camera category. It has been created to make the lower class and lower budget people enjoying the quality of Canon and also...

It's a bit chunky with plastic design that makes the tool dull and also if seen performance wise, it is having a leisurely performance

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Review: Canon PowerShot A480 digital camera


If you're a tripod-shooter, a steady-handed photographer, or just want a bargain-bin camera with good image quality, the PowerShot A480 is worth a look.

Available in black, blue, red, and silver, the boxy PowerShot A480 measures 3.6 by 2.4 by 1.2 inches and weighs 7 ounces. Its lens, whose focal length ranges from 37mm to 122mm (35mm equivalent), retracts into the body when you turn off the camera. The...

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Canon PowerShot A480


Canon announced today that the much loved Canon Powershot A470 has been replaced with its newer sibling, the Canon PowerShot A480.

Designed to be easy

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Canon PowerShot A480


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Canon PowerShot A480 -


Canon's entry level compact cameras have shown themselves to be resilient in a market flooded with similar models. And that is apparent with the Canon PowerShot A480.

Product Specifications

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Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / MultiMediaCardplus / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / MultiMediaCard / SDHC Memory Card / MultiMediaCardplus

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Aquarium / Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Macro / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Sunset/Snow / Night snapshot / Kids & pets / Beach / Foliage / Indoor / Sunset / Fireworks / Macro / Portrait mode / Aquarium

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:128MB/32MB


Manufacturer:Canon/Corsair Microsystems
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot/Corsair DOMINATOR Airflow

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.0-5.8
Max Focal Length:21.6mm
Min Focal Length:6.6mm
Optical Zoom:3.3
Type:Zoom lens


Category of Accessory:Cooling and fans
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Product Type:Memory fan unit
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"/1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO auto / ISO 1600 / ISO 80 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid/Vivid / Neutral / Sepia / Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None