Summary: Watch out, this camera is not very sturdy. Having it simply try to open in my pocket broke the lens assembly on this camera. Now the lens won't move and the camera is useless.
Pros: Cheap - Got mine on sale for under $100, Takes OK photos, Easy to use
Cons: Breaks really easily. Cheap plastic gears in the lens broke when the camera lens tried to open in my pocket. Now it won't work at all., Runs down batteries very quickly (Even NIMH)., Photos not as good as with some similar cameras.
Summary: Great camera, but glad I got it at a great discount. If it didn't go through batteries like crazy, I would give this a better review. I've been using Canon for years but this was the first quick shot kind of camera. The batteries literally last one outing, if they are rechargeable, even shorter. I always know to bring extra batteries! Decent image, easy to use. Just disappointed with battery life.
Summary: Two quick reasons why I would never buy this camera again, * The flash has to recharge for a few seconds after every shot. This gets REALLY annoying when your kid is doing something cute and you don't get the shot. * It eats batteries for lunch, and we often pick it up to find out the batteries are drained, missing the shot..again I'm using NiMH rechargeable batteries too, so that isn't the issue.
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?
Great Pictures but a very fragile camera and expensive to fix!
Jon Smith "http://www.thecdsuperstore.com", Amazon
21 September 2010
Summary: Great Pictures but a very fragile camera and expensive to fix! The Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP was a nice camera for a short time. It took great pictures as well as nice videos with good sound quality. This camera was accidentally dropped while in a extra heavily padded carrying case (2 or 3 feet from the ground) The rear display screen shattered on impact and the camera would no longer work. The camera was sent to Canon's repair center in Elk Grove Village , IL.
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
Summary: I think it fails in several aspects. Lacking stability control there's no way you can take even a mildly decent picture if you or your subject move the slightest. The functions were cumbersome; evening pictures on the auto setting were poor, so you have to stop to reset the ISO; and the shutter control was too slow. Picture quality was "ok" at best. I ended up returning it after two days of frustration and disappointment.
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.