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Canon PowerShot A480


Canon PowerShot A480
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot A480 is an entry-level digital camera for first-time photographers. It is compact with smooth curved edges, and comes in four stylish colors.

The PowerShot A480 has 10MP resolution on a 1/2.3-in. image sensor, 3.3x optical zoom (37–122mm equiv.), and a large 2.5-in. LCD (115K dots).

Face Detection finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects. Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB detects a face, sets focus on the face, adjusts exposure, white balance and ensures the face is correctly illuminated when the flash fires. Red-Eye Correction automatically detects and corrects red eyes when the flash fires.

There are 15 shooting modes, including 12 Special Scene Modes.

Movie can be shot in VGA (640 x 480 at 30 fps/30 fps LP) and QVGA (320 x 240 at 30 fps) for up to 1 hour or 4GB per clip.

The Canon Powershot A480 is appropriate for first time entry-level photographers desiring an easy-to-use point-and-shoot digital camera at an affordable price. It uses 2 AA-size batteries for convenience anywhere you go.


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QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot A480US | CAN | UK  
  Type of Camera    
  Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3.3x Optical/4x Digital/13x Combined Zoom  
  Image Sensor    
  Type 10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)  
  Total Pixels Approx. 10.3 Megapixels  
  Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 Megapixels  
  Focal Length 6.6-21.6mm f/3.0-5.8 (35mm film equivalent: 37-122mm)  
  Max. Aperture f/3.0 (W) - f/5.8 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 3.3x  
  Focusing Range / Macro

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

  Auto Focus

TTL Autofocus

  Viewfinder & Monitor




  LCD Monitor

2.5-inch TFT color LCD

  LCD Pixels

Approx. 115,000 pixels

  LCD Coverage


  Shutter Speed

15-1/2000 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.

  Exposure Control


  ISO Sensitivity

Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)

  Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center

  Exposure Control Method

Program AE; AE Lock

  Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

  White Balance    
  White Balance

Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom



  Built-in Flash

Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro

  Flash Range

1-9.8 ft./30cm-3.0m (W), 1-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

  Recycling Time

10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.0V)

  Flash Exposure Compensation


  Shooting Specifications


  Shooting Modes

Auto, P, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Long Shutter, Super Macro, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Movie

  Photo Effects

My Colors
Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom


Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom

  Wireless Control


  Continuous Shooting

Approx. 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)

  Image Storage Media    
  Storage Media

SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card

  File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1

  Image Compression

Normal, Fine, SuperFine

  JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))

  Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 3648 x 2736 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 2272 x 1704 (Medium 2), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3648 x 2048 (Widescreen)
Movie: Standard Definition: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Available up to 4GB or 60 minutes per clip

  Playback Specifications    
  Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Rotate, Resume, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Resize, Image Inspection Tool
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Resume

  Erasing Specifications    
  Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: any movie file

  Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

  Video Out


  Audio Out



Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

  Power Supply


  Power Source

1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2) (NB-3AH)
3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (optional)

  Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 200 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 470 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery (NB-3AH)) *

* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

  Playback Time

Approx. 480 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)


Included Accessories

(actual items depend on country)

- SD Memory Card SDC-128MB
- AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
- Wrist Strap WS-800
- USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- AV Cable AVC-DC300
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

  Dimensions (W x H x D)

92.1 x 62.0 x 31.1 mm /
3.63 x 2.44 x 1.22 in.

  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 140g / 4.94 oz. (camera body only)  

US $129.99 / CAD $149.99 / UK £129.00 / €159.00


All data is based on Canon’s testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.

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