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Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Silver)

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  • 10.0-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for prints up to 13 x 19 inches
  • 3.3x optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer; 2.5-inch LCD screen
  • DIGIC III Image Processor; 15 shooting modes
  • Uses 2 AA-size batteries
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)
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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Mac Compatible

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Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 1.2 x 2.4 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001SER4BU
  • Item model number: A480 Silver
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,535 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 17, 2009

Product Description

Color: Silver

From the Manufacturer

With its streamlined silhouette and smoothly curved edges, the Canon PowerShot A480 has the compact sophistication and relaxed simplicity that make it a natural for beginners and everyone else who craves style and convenience. The 10.0-megapixel resolution and 3.3x optical zoom make it easy to capture the action in dazzling color and brilliant detail. The DIGIC III Image Processor keeps it all looking sharp. While a bright, bold 2.5-inch LCD makes shooting and playback a genuine pleasure.

PowerShot A480 Highlights

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
3.3x optical zoom in action
10.0-megapixel resolution and 3.3x optical zoom
With the PowerShot A480, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. This 10.0-megapixel camera lets you create impressive large photos of family and friends you’ll be proud display. The high-resolution images taken by the PowerShot A480 can be enlarged up to 13 x 19 inches.

The PowerShot A480 has a 3.3x optical zoom lens (35mm film equivalent 37-122mm) that makes everything up close and unforgettable, and an advanced Optical Image Stabilizer that puts a moving subject in sharp focus.

A World of Advantages with Canon’s Technology

DIGIC III Image Processor
With DIGIC III, your images boast superior quality, the camera operates at top efficiency and battery life is enhanced. What’s more, DIGIC III enables Canon’s Face Detection, Motion Detection Technologies and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the shutter button halfway down, and the camera automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. The camera controls exposure settings and flash to keep every face looking bright and natural.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
The camera also selects and sets the optimal exposure and ISO settings automatically to keep everything looking sharp and clear. Red-eye Correction can be handled in-camera. The Red-eye Correction during shooting uses the Face Detection Technology to recognize and remove red-eye from images as they're taken, before the file is written to the memory card. It's also possible to correct red-eye during image playback, using simple settings in the PowerShot A480's menu.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC III Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

DIGIC III features Face Detection technologies, giving you the best possible results in any shooting situation. Face Detection AF/AE sets the focus point and exposure for the faces of your subjects. Face Detection FE adjusts the flash to correctly illuminate your subject to provide the best balance between your subject and the overall scene, eliminating the common problems of over and underexposed faces.

Face Detection WB means the camera concentrates upon faces when calculating white balance for the best possible skin tones. Face Select and Track lets you highlight one face among several in a scene, and the camera concentrates on that person, even as they move around the scene. Face Detection Technology is a powerful contributing factor in Canon's Motion Detection Technology.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
Red-eye correction in action
Motion Detection Technology works in the background to instantly evaluate how fast your subject is moving. It automatically selects and sets the optimal exposure and ISO settings to keep everything looking sharp and clear. This feature provides higher ISOs when you need it for action-stopping shutter speeds. But when no movement is detected, it sets lower ISOs for excellent color and detail.

Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the PowerShot A480 features ISO 1600 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures. 1) Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken. 2) The PowerShot A480 can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback. 3) You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

15 Shooting Modes including 12 Special Scene Modes
When you’re taking pictures, the only thing you want to think about is your subject. With the PowerShot A480, you can count on exact focus no matter where your subject is in the frame. You’ve got Shooting Modes including the Special Scene Mode that give you breathtaking, exhilarating pictures even when shooting conditions are tough.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
High-quality 2.5-inch LCD
The PowerShot A480’s 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear and bright picture. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
Uses 2 AA-size batteries
Conveniently, you don’t need to worry about running out or recharging of batteries. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally.

What's in the Box

  • PowerShot A480 body
  • AA-size alkaline battery (x2)
  • 128 MB SD memory card (SDC-128MB)
  • Wrist strap (WS-800)
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB interface cable (IFC-400PCU)
  • AV cable (AVC-DC300)

Product Description

Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP Digital Camera - Silver - 3474B001

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The camera was fine as far as all the functions working properly and the picture quality is great. The only problem we had was there was some corrosion on the battery… Read more ›
I looked at all the reviews for the childrens digitals. Every single review said picture quality was not good. I knew she wouldn't be happy with that. Read more ›
I've had this camera for 3 children's birthday parties. The pictures are very good, some could be even better if I was better at using it. Very detailed pictures with great… Read more ›
The first time she asked me to take a picture of her, I knew I had to have one too. It's very easy to use and the picture quality is amazing. It has many different… Read more ›
It's not designed for low-light photography but even those images come out pretty good. During the day indoor shots are great too even without a flash. Read more ›
I've always been pleased with Canon products and this camera is no exception. Even though it is a low end camera (price-wise) the pictures are great. Isn't that what a… Read more ›
My mom loves this! IT was a gift for her and she uses it all the time, small, compact, easy to use as my mother is elderly and not up to date on technology. Great camera… Read more ›
I always know to bring extra batteries! Decent image, easy to use. Just disappointed with battery life. Read more ›
Great little camera. Very easy to use. I dropped the first one I owned so I went back for the exact same model. Read more ›
Nice, clear pictures. Easy to use. Nice size, makes it convenient to carry anywhere. Read more ›
A Canon for under $100. Uses AA batteries which is great and easy to use! Read more ›
Nice Camera for the money, easy to use, takes great pics. Glad I bought it. Read more ›
I works wonderful for taking pictures and shooting…The price was reasonable too. only one thing about this item, I did not receive an instruction manual for this item. I… Read more ›
It was easy to use, my family really liked the camera. The price paid was reasonable. Read more ›
Not too many features just point and shot and so far the pictures have been…Its easy to load the pictures on your computer and the price was the best I found anywhere Read more ›
This is a great little camera when you want the ease of point and shoot. It has most of the features of cameras costing much more and the Amazon price is the best I found. Read more ›
They are truly elated with the camera. The picture quality, for the price, is great. It is the second camera for them and in just a few days my daughter-in-law was showing… Read more ›
This is the best low price camera on the market, not great in low light but a great point and shoot camera for when you don't want to lug around a SLR camera on a vacation! Read more ›
The PowerShot camera is one of the simplest and easy-to-use cameras I've ever owned. The menus are easy to figure out and setup is quick and easy. The big viewing screen… Read more ›
The pictures are great and it is a great camera for its cheap price! Canon's point-and-shoot models are awesome, not-too-great but not junky cameras. I really enjoy using… Read more ›
If you dont do this, some of your indoor photos may come out a…Most of the time the auto focus function works very well outdoors on it's own by just snapping the picture. Read more ›
It's a little bulky and heavy for a small camera, but the controls are easy to use, the LCD screen is large and clear, and the image quality makes up for any other… Read more ›
this is a pretty good camera for the price... i initially had another canon…this one is much better in low indoor/low-light settings and is very crisp in outdoor settings. Read more ›
Love my newest gadget, wish the manual…Camera works well, have taken over 200 pictures already and the different features are wonderful for the different occasions. Tha… Read more ›
Photo quality is usually great, but indoor or lower light photo quality is definitely not good at all. Battery life is excellent. All-in-all, the A480 is an excellent… Read more ›
I LOVE this thing! The battery life is awesome. I used it for a 6 day trip to Vegas AND for another 2 day adventure, and still have not needed to replace the aa batteries… Read more ›
The camera otherwise takes good photos, pretty easy to use, decent battery life ect. But sorry, can't recommend something that self destructs within minutes of purchase. Read more ›
Great Camera, battery life excellent if you use Alkaline batteries what they recommend in manual. Read more ›
Nevertheless, this camera works well for a basically advanced point and shoot camera. Lightweight and great on battery life delivering very nice photos. Quality is enhanced… Read more ›
over all features are great. also nice having battery power so if yer in the desert or forest you can swap batteries and not be stuck with a plug-in/re-charge. picture is… Read more ›
But even those have expired eventually. The Canon video cameras have been excellent. I had to sell my Rebel within weeks of paying $1,200 for it because the auto focus and… Read more ›
It took about two weeks to receive it back. After taking few dozen pictures and a couple of short videos(which were good), I put the camera away for 5 months. The next time… Read more ›
Lens Error one day after I received camera. Pictures and video were good for a point and shoot until the lens seized while extended. Returning tomorrow. Read more ›
Perfect photos,acceptable videos and LCD,easy usage ,acceptable size and weight. Read more ›
It has the normal "macro"…It also records good video with sound, and you can play it back in various slow motion speeds if you want, in the camera or on a big screen TV. Read more ›
She absolutely loves the camera. She especially likes shooting videos. The video works with ease the camera does have a speaker. Read more ›
I couldn't tell that they were great until I loaded them onto the computer. Then the colors were fantastic. Read more ›
I have long been a Canon fan and when we had to have a camera for work, this was the best one for…And the Navy blue color is a nice change from the standard silver colors. Read more ›
My new Canon Power Shot A480 is a beauty, I love it. It is not a complicated camera, its performance is amazing and the pictures have beautiful color. I am very pleased… Read more ›
The PowerShot A480 produces attractive photos that are sharp and colorful. However, 128 pages of instructions do not exactly make it the "point and shoot" camera that my… Read more ›
I needed a small, light, not too expensive camera to be able to take nice, high res photos with good, accurate color and detail and that is exactly what I got, at a price… Read more ›
This was a gift for my daughter so I haven't personally used it, but when I spoke to her about it, she simply said she loved it and that it…She also liked the red color. Read more ›
When my sony started to eat batteries, I started to look for a replacement. Good price, good size, and works great. Very pleased. Read more ›
It's a practical camera. Size is ok, easy to understand instructions. It gives you great options if you are taking pictures of an aquarium, night scene, children, landscape… Read more ›
So I…But the design is very simple, it is a good size for her tiny hands (she is small for 3), and she is learning how to use functions like zoom and flash pretty quickly. Read more ›
This model is less…Case design, material etc, feels cheap but sturdy, it is a nice size, and takes the same memory chips as the previous one (different battery though). T… Read more ›
Found the camera very simple to operate and took a nice picture.the size was great, very small and easy to carry in my purse. Read more ›
The picture quality is really very good for a point and shoot (I have had two photos…There are features I haven't even tried yet, but the auto focus works quite well. L… Read more ›
I would not recommend this…The treasured moments will be long gone before the camera decides to actually take the shot (and then it might not be a clearly focused one). Read more ›
The batteries last a long…The only thing I don't like about it is that it doesn't do a good job of focusing when it is on the Program mode and there isn't good contrast. Read more ›
It doesn't matter if the photo uses the flash or not, it is instantaneous. The screen is bright. The images are crisp... and it uses 2 regular AA batteries so I can carry… Read more ›
This one's better. The menus are better organized than our older A630 (We *love* the display on that camera!) and the "Super Macro" feature is amazing! Read more ›
It's comparable to other cameras at similar price. Decent not too big size, good lens, plenty of auto settings for the average birthday pictures. I picked it because I… Read more ›
Very smooth, "creamy"…The bokeh of the A480 exceeds the quality of some of the more modestly priced, though reasonably good, DSLR lenses that fall in the $200-$400 range. Read more ›
If you are looking for more…The zoom is great for intimate pictures but not if you are trying to focus farther out, i.e. concerts, weddings and you are not up front. Read more ›
So I…But the design is very simple, it is a good size for her tiny hands (she is small for 3), and she is learning how to use functions like zoom and flash pretty quickly. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

314 of 321 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Taylor on May 23, 2009
Color Name: Navy Blue
I have a canon digital SLR camera, and wanted to go on a hummer 4x4 extreme off road adventure. Rain was in the forecast and several days of rain on the trail already, taking the digital SLR was totally out of the question.

I picked this nifty device based on the price, the batteries, storage on the SD card, and the 10mp really perked my interest. The gentleman at the camera shop showed me the easy access on/off button, and where the "press here for picture" button is located. 20 minutes after the purchase, I was in the hummer taking photos and within the hour, I was being bounced around, getting muddy water all over me, I was able to laugh and press the button to take pictures without problem.

Ease of operation:
I use my cameras in the auto mode, (the if SLR is for my wife), and the auto mode does work. I was able to view the pictures I took using the 2.5" view screen with ease. I did not even need the instruction manual.
The batteries and memory card were easy to install too, without the need for instructions. The camera does boast a host of different shooting modes, but auto is all I use.

Picture quality:
Not a fine as my digital SLR camera, but the price difference is over 1000.00 dollars.
Compared to my old 5mp camera, this camera does a very good job for the price. Image stabilization is WONDERFUL. I was trying to take picture of the hummer tires while we were in motion bouncing everywhere (the tire at times was in the air) and the pictures look almost as if the tire is still. You can read the manufacturer on the tire

Battery life:
After two days of use, the camera was still able to go.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ferrara on April 4, 2009
Color Name: Deep Red Verified Purchase
I just received my camera today and I was impressed. It's so tiny and has so much in the way of capabilities. All I wanted it for was to take pictures of restaurants when I eat out (for Yelp). Without adjusting the white balance or anything, every picture has been pefect. I have three other Canon cameras: a G2 which cost me about $800 when new, a D60, and a 20D. All of them are too large to lug around with me, while the A480 goes in my shirt pocket. I uploaded some pictures, take a look.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lonny D. Stark on July 3, 2009
Color Name: Navy Blue
This is a nice camera overall, but the macro shooting on the little A480 is positively splendid! The super-macro feature is unbelievably good. We've come a long way from the Kodak Instamatic cameras of 30 years ago, where your only chance of getting a tight closeup was to hold a very strong magnifying glass in front of the lens and hope that one of the photos turned out.

I regularly use the A480 as a back-up to much more expensive gear - and every now and then it actually outperforms a DSLR camera and lens kit that cost me ten times its price. Anyone who enjoys taking experimental photos or shooting in the great outdoors -- nature geeks like me -- will appreciate this camera's macro abilities. It easily finds the correct focus and light levels, even on very difficult shots. The trick with a beautiful close-up photo is to have an attractively blurred background. Very smooth, "creamy" blur (referred to as bokeh) allows the subject to really pop from the photo. The bokeh of the A480 exceeds the quality of some of the more modestly priced, though reasonably good, DSLR lenses that fall in the $200-$400 range.

Like most other point and shoot cameras, the A480 really shines in good strong lighting, and falls off a bit when used in dark settings with a flash. But even in poor lighting it is a remarkable little piece of equipment. Compared to most other point and shoot cameras, the A480 creates exceptionally rich photos with attractive color, sharpness, and tone. I use it regularly for website development projects, either to build photo galleries showing businesses and products, or to create textures and special FX graphics. The added Canon software is great as well and helps to supplement this camera.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bww on April 11, 2009
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I wanted a small digital that would fit in my shirt pocket that used AA batteries and of course took good pictures.
The Canon A480 far exceed my expectation. Out of the box it was so intuitive to use that I hardly looked at the manual. I took tons of pictures and they all came out great.
There was a bad review here by someone who said there was a problem with "battery charging" all the time, however I noticed it once and that was it, and even then it was for just a couple of seconds.
If you want an easy camera that does alot (the movies were great on this little guy) then this is the ticket.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Deidra on April 4, 2009
Color Name: Black
I am very happy with the picture quality produced by this camera. I've taken about 100 pictures so far and only a few have been less than perfect. I like to print 8 x 10's of my children who are 6 and 3 years old (this age group is not known for sitting still). I can easily get crystal clear quality in an 8 x 10 of almost any picture I've taken so far.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Hilary M. Morse on May 20, 2009
Color Name: Deep Red
I bought this camera as a throw around to just keep in my purse. I LOVE this thing! The battery life is awesome. I used it for a 6 day trip to Vegas AND for another 2 day adventure, and still have not needed to replace the aa batteries and have taken over 200 pix with it!

Buy it! It's a great camera, especially for the price. It's a steal!
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