Canon PowerShot A480 Digital Camera, Red - Refurbished

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About Canon

The Canon PowerShot A480 Digital Camera has the compact sophistication and relaxed simplicity that make it a natural for beginners and everyone else who craves style and convenience. The 10.0-megapixel resolution and 3.3x optical zoom make it easy to capture the action in dazzling color and brilliant detail. The DIGIC III Image Processor keeps it all looking sharp. While a bright, bold 2.5-inch LCD makes shooting and playback a genuine pleasure.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (5),Large clear LCD (5),Easy to setup (3),Great picture quality (3),Image stabilization (3),Nice body color (3),Zoom range/performance (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (7),Family photos (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Casual photographer (3)

Canon Features

  • Compact design - simple with smooth curved edges in Black color.
  • 10.0-megapixel digital camera and 3.3x Optical Zoom make it a breeze to print large size images with clarity and detail.
  • DIGIC III Image Processor ensures sharp images and improved functionality.
  • With 15 Shooting Modes including 12 Special Scene Modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way.
  • High-quality 2.5" LCD for easy on-camera viewing.
  • Uses 2 AA-size batteries for convenience anywhere you go.

Canon Specifications

Type of Camera
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3.3x Optical/4x Digital/13x Combined Zoom
Image Capture Type
10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 10.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 10.0 Megapixels
Focal Length
6.6-21.6mm f/3.0-5.8 (35mm film equivalent: 37-122mm)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
Macro: 1.2 in.-1.6 ft./3-50cm (W), 9.8 in.-1.6 ft./25-50cm (T)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
LCD Monitor
2.5" TFT color LCD
LCD Pixels
Approx. 115,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Maximum Aperture
f/3.0 (W) - f/5.8 (T)
Shutter Speed
15-1/2000 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method
Program AE; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
1-9.8 ft./30cm-3.0m (W), 1-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.0V)
Shooting Modes
Auto, P, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks
Aquarium, Long Shutter, Super Macro, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Movie
Photo Effects
Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)
Storage Media
SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Compression
Normal, Fine, SuperFine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 3648 x 2736 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 2272 x 1704 (Medium 2), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3648 x 2048 (Widescreen)
Movie: Standard Definition: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Available up to 4GB or 60 minutes per clip
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Rotate, Resume, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Resize, Image Inspection Tool
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Resume
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: any movie file
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
Audio Out
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Source
AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2) (NB-3AH)
AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (optional)
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 200 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 470 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery (NB-3AH))
Playback Time
Approx. 480 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 600 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
Operating Temperature
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD)
3.63" x 2.44" x 1.22" / 92.1 x 62.0 x 31.1mm
Approx. 4.94 oz./140g (camera body only)

Reviews about this item

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Reviewed by 8 customers

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


No memory card or warantee card.


from San Jose, CA

Casual use. Travel.


[...]good PRoduct


from Tennessee  -  Casual Photographer

I like Canon and it is easy to download to my computer

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A fairly good camera but very fragile


from St.Augustine Florida  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This was my first point and shoot. I like my DSLRS but sometimes you just want something small. This camera is a little "plasticy" but it does take really nice photographs. I only used it in Program mode, it's very limited on anything manual but Program is as close as it gets. OK, I went to turn it on one day and my hand was blocking the lens from coming out and that was it, broke. It really took hardly any pressure, I quickly moved my hand out of the way but it was too late. Only had it two weeks. Not sure if it was a design flaw or not? I sent it back and got the Canon 1100 IS 12 MP (refurb). It is a little heavier, and not so 'Plasticy". For 25 bucks more, it's worth it, and it has a histogram!! See my review there.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Canon PowerShot A480 -Great Buy!


from Sactown,CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Once you read the manual, it's a breeze! And for some of us, you don't need the manual, it's fun to figure it out. I'm very happy with it..especially for the price!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A big hit at Christmas


from Ada, OK  -  Casual Photographer

I bought three of these -- for my son and two grandsons -- for Christmas gifts. Chose this camera because it was rated very well for the price in Consumer Reports and because i have been so satisfied with my five-year-old and very reliable Powershot A520.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I am very happy with this product


from Chicago  -  Casual Photographer

Size and controls are easy to place into a pocket or purse.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Love my red baby Canon


from Tallahassee, Florida  -  Pro Photographer

I'm a photographic artist and a photo teacher. I bought this camera to keep in my purse for drive-by shootings or quick grab shots that I would normally miss if I didn't have my big camera with me. It's small and light weight, perfect for this use. What I like best about the camera is the Program mode which features ISO settings from 25 to 1600 in addition to exposure compensation, over and under, so there is some degree of exposure control even though it's a point & shoot camera.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great Value


from Alabama  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Takes great pictures with great overall color. Flash recharge seems to take longer than on any other point & shoot I've owned.

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