Canon PowerShot A480 First Impressions Camera Review

Product Tour

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While the A480 isn't a behemoth at 4.94 ounces, it's definitely a chubbier alternative to Canon's svelte ELPH line, measuring 3.63 x 2.44 x 1.22 inches. However, this not-so-tiny size will probably make it far easier to grasp compared to other offerings, particularly for those with larger hands. We were hard-pressed to find any metal on the A480's surface, and the result is an unfortunate plastic feel to the entire camera, though it still feels fairly solid with no creaking or squeaking when squeezed.

No, the shiny bits are not metal



Around the lens are the microphone, flash, and the auto-focus assist light.

The front of the A480



The LCD screen takes up the bulk of the rear of the A480. There is no optical viewfinder here. Controls are to the right of the LCD, with the zoom toggle at the top, and the review button, 4-way controller, and mode and menu buttons below. The 4-way controller offers immediate access to ISO, flash, timer, and macro mode settings.

Not much clutter here


 On the left side of the A480 is a plastic-covered port that hides the DC in, AV out, and mini USB connectors.

Included: fiddly plastic port cover

The only feature on the right side is the speaker.

A speaker and a screw were sitting at a bar...


The top of the A480 is pretty sparse with only the on/off switch and shutter button.

The top of the A480


The tripod socket is offset slightly to the right. On the left is the compartment that holds the 2 AA batteries needed to power the A480 as well as the SD storage card.

Tripod socket and battery compartment, ahoy!


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  1. Product Tour
  2. Hardware
  3. Design & Layout
  4. Modes
  5. Controls
  6. Conclusion
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Canon A480

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