Canon launches PowerShot A480 compact digital cameras

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Canon has announced its latest compact digital camera, the 10-megapixel PowerShot A480 featuring a 3.3x optical zoom (that point three is all important, evidently), face and motion detection, 15 shooting modes, 30fps VGA movie shooting, red eye reduction, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen.

It features Canon’s DIGIC III processing system that promises low noise levels and better colour reproduction, while face detection can adjust focus, exposure, flash settings and white balance to take the best pictures of up to nine human faces, aided by motion detection to reduce the blur caused by shaky hands or moving subjects.

Boo! It’s powered by AA batteries, so my advice is either to grab some of those swanky new lithium ones or get yourself a set of rechargeable batteries so you’re not constantly running out of juice at a vital moment and accidentally buying large quantities of Hob-Nobs from the local store when you have to go out for more.

The waffle in my last paragraph proves that, while the PowerShot A480 – available in silver, red, blue or black casing – is surely a competent compact, it has nothing jaw-droppingly outstanding about it. Most of its features can be found on a variety of point-and-shoot cameras these days, so it really comes down to whether you like Canon, and the look and feel of this particular model.

Available from February priced £129

Canon UK

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Andy Merrett