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: 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.
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
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.
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.
Summary: After receiving the camera I almost sent it back because I was so disappointed in the quality of the pictures. It doesn't have "Image Stabilization" and believe me you can tell. I knew that it didn't have "IS" when I bought it but I chose to listen to the reviews that said it took great pictures instead of those who said it had poor quality photos. That is my fault and it will never happen again. The up side is that it can take some great normal everyday pictures.
Summary: I just returned my A480 to Amazon after less than one month of use. I've previously used Canon cameras and thought they were one of the best point-and-shoot brands. However, I was disapointed with the A480 the moment I unboxed it, and my disapointment only got worse with time. I'm very likely to buy another brand as a replacement as a result of my experience with the A480. The only good aspect of the camera was it's image processor, which was as good as they get.