Canon Powershot A480 Review
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls
The A480 features a 3.3X (37-122mm in the 35mm format) f/3.0-5.8 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in shutter closes to completely protect the lens.
An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. The focusing range is:
In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to illuminate the subject for accurate focusing.
The built in speedlight features Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro modes.
The maximum flash range at ISO Auto is:
Wide: 1-9.8 ft./30cm-3.0m
On the top is the Power button and Shutter Release.
There is no optical viewfinder, you frame, review and perform menu operations on this large 2.5-inch LCD monitor with approx. 115,000 pixels of resolution.
The I/O ports: A/V output for television (NTSC or PAL). The DIGITAL port connects USB 2.0 to the computer for downloading. It also allows for Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer. DC IN jack for an optional AC power supply.
The Powershot A480 is equipped with a card slot that supports use of SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus, and HC MMC Plus memory cards. Canon includes a 128MB SD card. Shown here is a SanDisk Ultra II 1GB SD card - see the tables below for the approximate storage capacity.
Approx. Storage Capacities:
The A480 is powered by two standard AA-type batteries, alkaline, NiMH (nickel metal hydride), or lithium cells. Canon claims with AA Alkaline batteries you can capture approx. 200 shots (LCD on.) With NiMH cells Canon claims approx. 470 shots with the LCD screen on. Battery tests according to CIPA standards.
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