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Canon PowerShot A480 review

A basic point and shoot that surprises with image quality

Canon PowerShot A480
The PowerShot A480 is a solid point and shoot camera making it easy to catch that quick shot

Our Verdict

A good point and shoot camera that doesn't disappoint on image quality but lacks the controls of some higher end cameras


  • Nice picture quality
  • Motion detection
  • Auto red-eye correction


  • Limited controls
  • No optical image stabiliser

The Canon PowerShot A480 has a meagre set of controls and a relatively lacklustre 2.5-inch LCD. Despite the plasticky feel of the camera, there are a few thrills, including face-detection auto-focus which is linked with metering and flash exposure as well as white balance.

You also get motion detection technology, which senses subject motion and increases the ISO setting for faster shutter speeds. Sadly though, this is the only model on test to lack Canon's optical image-stabiliser system built into the lens.

The only shooting modes on offer are full Auto, Program and various scene modes, but at least there's manual white balance, various colour rendition options and the choice of evaluative, centre-weighted and spot metering.

Another neat trick is auto red-eye correction, which is available in both shooting and playback modes. For what is essentially a basic point-and-shoot camera, the A480 delivers very pleasing image quality.

Via PhotoRadar