Canon Powershot A480 Review

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Record Modes & Screens


Canon PowerShot A480

Here you can see the typical record mode screens. Pressing the DISP. button changes the amount of information on the screen.



Canon PowerShot A480

The mode dial has been replaced with a mode button. Pressing the button allows you to scroll through the shooting modes, or you can select them via the switch shooting modes icon in the camera menu.



Canon PowerShot A480

When you half-press the shutter release it starts the autofocus process and if it locks you'll see the AF targets turn green. If focus fails, they will turn red and flash on the screen (not shown.) The 'lightning bolt' icon indicates the flash is charged and ready to fire.



Canon PowerShot A480

Pressing the 4-way controller Up, Down, Left or Right allows you to quickly change settings for Macro focus mode, Flash mode, Self-timer, and ISO sensitivity.



Canon PowerShot A480

You can access a variety of Scene modes by selecting the SCN shooting mode. Here you are provided with a choice of 18 different shooting modes, each designed for a specific shooting situation. Scene Modes (1. Portrait, 2. Night Snapshot, 3. Kids & Pets, 4. Indoor, 5. Sunset, 6. Fireworks, 7. Long Shutter, 8. Beach, 9. Aquarium, 10. Foliage, 11. Snow, 12. Super Macro)



Canon PowerShot A480

Pressing the OK/FUNC. button will bring up the menu of options shown above.

FUNC. Menu Options:

    Exposure Compensation - �2 in steps of 1/3
    White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, Custom
    Metering - Evaluative, Center or Spot
    Drive Mode - Single or Continuous
    Quality - Fine, Normal Image Size - 10 megapixel, 6 megapixel (M1), 4 megapixel (M2), 2 megapixel (M3),
      VGA (640x480), Date Stamp (2 megapixel), Widescreen (3648x2048)



Canon PowerShot A480



Camera Menu Options

    AF Frame - Center, Face AiAF
    A Frame Size - Normal, Small
    Digital Zoom - Standard, Off,1.4x, 2.3x
    AF-Point Zoom - On or Off
    AF-Assist Beam - On or Off
    Flash Settings - Red Eye Correction, Red Eye Lamp
    Shooting Info - Off or On
    Review - Off, 2-10 second, Hold
    Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check
    Display Overlay - Off, Grid Lines, 3:2 guide, Both




Canon PowerShot A480

Press the 4-way selector 'left' to enable Macro focus mode and take close up shots at a range of 1.2 inches to 1.6 feet (3 to 50cm) wide.


Canon PowerShot A480

When using the Standard Movie mode, you can capture video clips at either 640x480 30fps (or LP) or 320x240 30fps. The optical zoom may not be used during recording, but can be preset before hand. Movie clips are recorded in Motion JPEG format and saved as AVI files.

Both the video and audio portion of movies can be replayed on the camera thanks to the built-in speaker. Full audio-video playback is also possible when connected to a TV monitor or a compatible PC after downloading.


Canon PowerShot A480



Function Menu Options

    White Balance - Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H,
      Custom
    My Colors - Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B&W, Custom
    Video Size - 640x480 30fps, 640x480 30fps LP, 320x240 30fps




Canon PowerShot A480



Camera Menu Options

    Digital Zoom - Off, Standard
    AF-assist Beam - On or Off
    Shooting Info - On or Off
    Disp. Overlay - Off, Grid Lines



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