Canon PowerShot A480

Canon PowerShot A480


Canon announced today that the much loved Canon Powershot A470 has been replaced with its newer sibling, the Canon PowerShot A480.

This little guy comes in four colors, black, red, blue and silver to suit your mood and houses Canon’s Digic III processor. With a 10mp sensor and face and motion detection technology, 15 different pre-set shooting modes and a 30 frames per second video capture mode, you’re sure to be taking some great shots with this little fella.



The new compact Canon Powershot A480 sports these features;

  • Compact, lightweight 10.0 Megapixel camera in four colour variations (silver, red, blue or black)
  • Canon 3.3x optical zoom
  • Easy to use, with simple button layout and intuitive user interface
  • 2.5” LCD with Image Inspection Tool for focus checking
  • People shots made easy with Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB and
    Red-Eye Correction in both shooting and playback
  • DIGIC III processing delivers high-quality images and intelligent technologies
  • Combats blur with Motion Detection Technology
  • Smooth, 30fps VGA movies with Long Play mode
  • 15 shooting modes
  • Safety FE avoids blow-out when the flash is used
  • Powered by AA batteries

Canon Powershot A480 Press release:

United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland, 15 January 2009: Canon today replaces its popular PowerShot A470 with a new 10.0 Megapixel model: the extra-compact, affordable PowerShot A480. Redesigned for even more intuitive operation, the PowerShot A480 offers a new build and design that is 25% smaller than that of its predecessor – in a choice of silver, red, blue or black. Flexible framing of shots is made easy by a 3.3x Canon optical zoom, while
Canon’s DIGIC III processor delivers high image quality, superb colour reproduction, Face Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology.

Designed to be easy

Every aspect of the PowerShot A480 has been redesigned with one thing in mind: ease of use. Thanks to a new, simplified button layout – with dedicated buttons for zoom, mode and playback and an improved User Interface, it’s as easy to operate as it is to carry. Compact proportions make the PowerShot A480 an ideal ‘take-anywhere’ camera, perfect for capturing spontaneous snapshots.

Generous Megapixels and flexible zoom

The PowerShot A480 uses a 10.0 Megapixel sensor to capture every scene in vivid detail, ready for printing at sizes as large as A3+. This is complemented by a
3.3x optical zoom, which provides the flexibility to frame everyday shots to perfection.

Canon know-how for great shots made easy

At the heart of the PowerShot A480 is Canon’s DIGIC III image processor. As well as ensuring exceptional image quality – with ultra-low noise levels and outstanding colour reproduction – DIGIC III drives the rapid response times, and Canon’s own Face Detection Technology. Designed to make great people shots easier than ever, Face Detection Technology detects up to nine faces in a scene and adjusts focus, exposure, flash settings and white balance – for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones.

To keep shots looking sharp, Motion Detection Technology uses changes in scene information to identify subject motion and camera-shake. ISO is then optimised for minimum blur and maximum image quality.

Ready for any occasion

A range of 15 preset shooting modes allows any user to instantly get the correct settings for common scenes. Options include dedicated Kids & Pets, Sunset, and Indoor modes. It’s also equally easy to shoot spontaneous 30fps video clips, ready for upload to the internet or sharing via the bright 2.5” LCD screen. Plus, because the PowerShot A480 is powered by AA batteries, users can enjoy a convenient, readily available source of power.

“Whether you’re 7 years old or 70, the PowerShot A480 offers a great-value way to discover the fun of taking pictures,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “This camera brings Canon’s unrivalled image quality to its widest audience yet.”

Pricing and Availability

The PowerShot A480 will be available from February 2009 priced at £129.00 / €159.00 RRP inc. VAT.

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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Some Older Comments

  • Rita October 15, 2012 01:23 pm

    I have a Canon PowerShot A480 & cannot get it to show pictures on a TV but it came with a cable to connect it. What do I have to do to make it work?

  • Vidhat May 22, 2011 08:35 pm

    Hi. I have a Canon Powershot A480. I am not able to display the date and time stamp on the photos. How do i get it done?

  • Tibor Szabadi September 23, 2010 11:27 pm

    Nice camera.I love this camera too.Its is perfect for a newbie and professional photographer.

  • Glenn Fernandes July 14, 2009 02:14 pm

    Thanks for this interesting article. Canon PowerShot A480 is the most impressive camera. 10 Mega pixel facilities is the feature I like the most. It is available in four latest colors like red, silver, and blue and black. The battery of the camera is also good. For more details refer Canon PowerShot A480

  • Sime April 3, 2009 10:40 pm

    Hey Cheap Digital Photo Frames... No, there's not really a "news"section, I put a bit of it in here... But that's really it.


  • cheap digital photo frames April 3, 2009 12:16 pm

    Hey, is there a section just for latest news

  • Janelle March 17, 2009 04:41 pm

    i bought this camera and its aweessoommee i have it in silver and it takes great shots.
    and when i zoom in i can see every pore in my face..disgusting but helpful!! hahaahah :P
    i can even see skin pigmentation i didint know i had!

  • Website March 13, 2009 06:25 am

    This is the direction the entire economy is going, better jump on in now.

  • Jeannie February 24, 2009 06:48 am

    I have always liked my cannon cameras and would certainly consider this one. The fact that
    it is 25% smaller is nice, it will be easier to carry around.

  • Marlene January 23, 2009 09:14 am

    I was very happy to receive this 'Canon PowerShot A480' information. Where on earth are you going to find this the free catalogues that arrive at our house, if you are lucky? Not everyone has the time to purchase and search through either mags or the weekend newspapers for the camera equipment updates.
    Thank you for this information, and I, as a new member, thought that we would gratefully appreciate the latest information on new cameras - why be a member if you are not interested in updating. I have a Canon Powershot A590 and was interested in comparing the difference.
    Thank you Sime please keep giving us this info, after all, are we interested in photography or not??
    Try and keep cool in this extreme summer heat here in Australia.

  • Sime January 19, 2009 04:32 am

    Hi "Any"

    I'm not sure what you mean - this isn't an advertisement (You can't buy this camera yet) it's news on a digital camera. Hope this clarifies for you?


  • any January 17, 2009 01:55 am

    I htough I was getting a newsletter with hints and tip on taking good pictures instead most of what I get is advertisement cleverly covered as announcements or reviews for camera stuff - ain't nutting wrong with that but that could be on the bottome AFTER a tip trick or advice about taking mand post processing pics

  • Michael Warf January 16, 2009 01:34 pm

    First! (kidding). That Canon looks pretty nice in red. I'm curious about the US pricing when the time comes.