Canon Powershot A480 Review

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:

  • Normal AF: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
  • Macro: 1.2 in.-1.6 ft./3-50cm (W), 9.8 in. - 1.6 ft./25-50cm (T)

In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to illuminate the subject for accurate focusing.

Canon PowerShot A480

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
Tele: 1-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m

Canon PowerShot A480

On the top is the Power button and Shutter Release.

Canon PowerShot A480

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.

Canon PowerShot A480
Controls on the back: Top is the zoom control which also functions as the magnified playback and index mode when in play mode. The Playback button switches the camera back and forth between REC and PLAY modes. Next is the 4-way selector, which is used to navigate menu screens and select images for playback. In record mode the 'Up' button changes your ISO settings, 'Left' enables the macro focus modes, 'Right' changes the flash mode and the 'Down' button enables the self-timer. The OK/FUNCtion button accepts menu selections and gives access to the Function shortcut menu. The Mode dial has has been replaced with camera and playback buttons. Finally the MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu system.

Canon PowerShot A480

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.

Canon PowerShot A480

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:

Large (L)Medium 1 (M1)Medium 2 (M2)Medium 3 (M3)
File Size (KB)2,5651,2261,6207801,116556558278

Small (S)Widescreen (W)
File Size (KB)150841,920918

Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap
640 x 480320 x 240
30 fps30 fps LP30 fps
Movie size (KB/sec.)1,920960660
2GB16 min. 47 sec.33 min. 02 sec.46 min. 33 sec.
8GB1 hr. 07 min. 06 sec. 2 hr. 12 min. 03 sec. 3 hr. 06 min. 04 sec.
Note: N=Normal F=Fine

Canon PowerShot A480

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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