Excerpt: I'm a very amateur photographer, and last year I finally got around to upgrading my several-years-old 3 megapixel Sony camera. I wanted something decent but basic, so I chose the Canon Powershot A480. The PowerShot A480 is very much an entry-level digital camera. It has a 10 megapixel sensor and 3.3x optical zoom, which are more than enough for me; I mostly print out 4x6 photos, but the occasional 5x7 or 8x10 have turned out fine.
Summary: When you have to wait 2 - 5 seconds for the shutter to release, why bother? Under the right conditions, it will take a picture rather quickly, but throw in any degree of dim light or a tough focusing situation, and it slows down - a lot. "Smile! Be patient. Hold it. Hold it. Soon, I promise. It will take the picture any minute now. Come back! Where are you going?
Summary: This camera was one of the worst cameras I have ever used. I bought it last summer and on the end of my one month trip I started to have a problem with the lense. I returned the camera for a new one ( the same modle) and the lense still didnt work.
Pros: Zoom, Picture quality, didnt break when droped
Pros: small and easy for my students grades kinder to 5th to use and pictures are decent
Cons: The lens mechanism breaks without use! We bought 24 of this model and all 24 have been shipped back to Canon for repairs at our cost. Each camera has had this deficiency at different times. After 1 year we are still sending them to be repaired.
Battery Life is a HUGE issue; Canon will not stand behind
Darcy A. Travlos, Amazon
21 March 2010
Summary: I bought this camera for my 11-year old daughter. This is her third camera and she is extremely responsible. We had to replace the batteries excessively. She had to change the batteries 3 x to take only 50 photos. (I bought all the batteries new, bought them in 3 different packs in 3 different states, so I was using the same faulty batteries.) I called Canon and they said they had had this problem before and to send it in.
Canon fan but my lens mechanism developed problems too soon
Alex Pronove "Cooper", Amazon
20 March 2010
Summary: Reason for the review is to document the failure of the lens mechanism. Have owned this for less than 12 months. Three months ago, noticed that the mechanism developed a grating sound. It still works but sometimes I have to manually assist the lens open and close. Ridiculous. I treated this camera, like I do my other electronics, well. It goes into a case when it's not being used. I was disappointed since I trust the Canon brand.
Summary: I expected the same quality as the previous model A470, but this model, A480 is hard to change the focus modes. Only modes came out with the initial setting was Auto and Video mode. What a disappointment! Last April I ordered Canon PowerShot A470. It's easy to change the focus modes from Manual to Auto, Portrait, Night Light, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Foliage, Beach, Snow, and Video by pressing Functio/Set button.
Summary: I was OK with this camera and just getting used to it. It does take a long time to recharge the batteries, even with recommended batteries, but its now got a "Lens Error" every time I try to use it. SO far Canon refuses to take it back even though it's within the year warranty. I think it's defective. They think I broke it. I was only able to use it for 5 months and I've been very careful with it. I'm going back to my Kodaks.