Canon PowerShot A480

PowerShot and IXUS digital compact cameras

PowerShot A480

Canon PowerShot A480

Fun, pocket-sized and totally intuitive.

Affordable, intuitive and fun, the PowerShot A480 uses Canon know-how to let everyone take great 10 MP photos. Available in four colours, its compact, lightweight design slips easily into any pocket.

  • 10.0 MP
  • Compact, easy to use, lightweight design in four colour variations*
  • 3.3x optical zoom
  • DIGIC III
  • 15 shooting modes
  • 1cm Macro shooting
  • Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB
  • Auto Red-Eye Correction
  • Motion Detection Technology
  • 2.5” LCD
  • VGA and LP movies

10.0 Megapixels

With a 10 Megapixel sensor, you can capture every scene in vivid detail – ready for printing at sizes as large as A3+, or cropping to perfection without losing the detail necessary for larger prints.

Compact and colourful

Small and light enough to slip into a pocket, the PowerShot A480 has a classic, stylish design that feels great in the hand. Controlled by a simple button layout, it comes in a choice of four attractive colours.*

3.3x optical zoom

Frame every picture perfectly with a Canon 3.3x optical zoom. In combination with digital zoom, magnification of up to 13x can be achieved.

DIGIC III

As well as powering Face Detection Technology, Canon’s DIGIC III processor provides fast response times, superb image quality and colour reproduction. DIGIC III also delivers advanced noise reduction – ensuring that images remain sharp and clear.

15 shooting modes

A selection of shooting modes - including dedicated Kids & Pets and Indoor modes - make it easy to get the right settings for any scene. Simply select the mode you want, and let the camera take care of everything else.

1cm Macro shooting

A special 1cm Super Macro mode allows you to capture small scale detail from as close as 1cm away.

Great people shots

A suite of Face Detection technologies 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.

Auto Red-Eye Correction

Available in shooting or playback mode, Automatic Red-Eye Correction accurately removes the red-eye effect caused by flash.

Motion Detection Technology

Motion Detection Technology uses changes in scene information and scene brightness to accurately identify subject motion. The optimal ISO level is then automatically set, to minimise blur and maximise image quality.

2.5” LCD

Framing, reviewing and sharing shots are equally easy with a bright 2.5” LCD. Night Display mode aids visibility in low light, while a selectable Grid Line display helps with composition.

VGA and LP movies

Supplement your photos with smooth, 30fps VGA video clips. A special Long Play mode lets you store twice the regular amount of footage on your memory card.

  • *Some colour variations may not be available in some regions.

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 1/2.3 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC III with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 6.6 - 21.6 mm (35mm equivalent: 37 – 122mm)
Zoom Optical 3.3x. Digital approx. 4x ² (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom ¹)². Combined approx. 13x
Maximum f/number f/3.0 - f/5.8
Construction 7 elements in 6 groups (1 aspherical UA element)

FOCUSING

Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (Face Detection / 5-point), 1-point AF (fixed centre)
AF Modes Single
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way
AF Assist Beam Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 1cm (W) from front of lens in Super Macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
AE Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO(incorporating Motion Detection Technology), 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Speed 1/60 - 1/2000 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/2000 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

LCD MONITOR

Monitor 6.2 cm (2.5”) TFT, Approx. 115,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation Face Detection FE
Built-in Flash Range 30cm - 3.0m (W) / 2.0m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

SHOOTING

Modes Auto, P, Special Scene (Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Long Shutter, Super Macro), Movie
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color (limited))
Drive modes Single, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 0.8 shots/sec.¹ (until the memory card is full)²

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size (L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 1704, (M3, Date Stamp) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048.
Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (L)640 x 480, 30fps/30fps(LP)
(M)320 x 240, 30fps
Movie Length Up to 4GB or 1 hour (L and M)¹

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression]

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi

INTERFACE

Computer USB (Mini-B, MTP, PTP)
Other A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus. 32MB Memory card supplied

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (including SP1)
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch

POWER SOURCE

Batteries 2x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries (Alkalines supplied)
Battery life Approx. 200 shots ¹ (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 470 shots (with optional Canon NB-3AH batteries) ¹
Approx. 480 min. playback (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 600 min. playback (with Canon NB-3AH batteries)
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK800

ACCESSORIES

Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-480
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300, AC adapter kit ACK800

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 92.1 x 62.0 x 31.1 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 187 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
  • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.