Canon PowerShot A480 Review

Overall 39
Imaging 2
Features 10
Size 87
Price 100

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 92 x 62 x 31 mm
  • Weight: 140 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Canon PowerShot A480 Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot A480 that Canon has first introduced to the public in Jan 15, 2009. This model is a Ultracompact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Ultracompact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #455 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #976 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot A480 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot A480 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 137 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 1600
  • Number Of Focus Points: 5
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot A480 With Other Cameras in Ultracompact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot A480. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Ultracompact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot A480

Canon PowerShot A480 has the following external dimensions 92 x 92 x 31 mm (36.22 x 24.41 x 12.2″) with the weight of 140 g.

The typical weight for average Ultracompact type cameras is 137g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot A480, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot A480 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 31mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot A480 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot A480 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot A480 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Canon PowerShot A480 — 31 mm
Min: 13 mm
Average: 20 mm
Max: 33 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot A480 — 140 g
Min: 87 g
Average: 137 g
Max: 221 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot A480 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot A480 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon PowerShot A480 Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot A480 boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot A480 has the following ISO range 80 - 1600 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Canon PowerShot A480. However, if you are looking specifically for a Ultracompact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Canon PowerShot A480 features a 10.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot A480 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot A480 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot A480

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot A480 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 115k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot A480 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, PowerShot A480 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot A480, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files.

Canon PowerShot A480 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect PowerShot A480 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Canon PowerShot A480 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot A480’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot A480’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot A480 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot A480 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A480 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 39. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A480 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Canon PowerShot A480 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A480 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 2. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A480 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (92 x 62 x 31 mm)
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (5)

Canon PowerShot A480 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A480 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 7. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A480 can be called a 7 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (5)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)
  • Small size (92 x 62 x 31 mm)

Canon PowerShot A480 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A480 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 13. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A480 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (140 g)
  • Small size (92 x 62 x 31 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Canon PowerShot A480 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot A480 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 20. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot A480 can be called a 20 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Canon PowerShot A480 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot A480
Announced Jan 15, 2009
Body Type Ultracompact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 115k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 5
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 140 g
Physical Dimensions 92 x 62 x 31 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model 2 x AA
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Storage Slots 1

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