Pros Fairly intuitive interface, nice-sized camera with a good-sized 2.5" LCD screen. Takes great clear. vivid shots in automatic mode, which it seems can be used for every occasion. So it's really a great casual camera. Syncs perfectly with my MacBook.
Cons No viewfinder and a grainy LCD screen feel awkward at first. In playback mode the pictures look fine. When taking a picture the screen is grainy. So you just frame the shot in the LCD screen and snap the pick. It ends up producing super pictures.
Summary Amazing value at $120. This camera is many times better than my Sony both in terms of ease of use and picture quality. In the 10 MP highest quality picture mode, with automatic settings, it take fantastically vivid, clear pictures suitable for framing. It really couldn't be easier. I want to get into higher end Canon digital cameras with removable lenses and better manual control and detail work. I have a Canon 35 mm camera from the '60s with a lens that's worth a couple grand alone. I just haven't gotten into that level of photography. Until then, I think I'm doing quite well with this Canon A480.
Pros Lightweight, compact, good viewfinder, very versatile camera
Cons Recharge flash time is a little long. Does look a little cheap but it keeps it from being stolen when youre traveling!
Summary If you want a camera that takes good photos and OK video and you dont want to spend a lot of money, this is the camera for you! I LOVE this camera even with its minimal features and "plastic" exterior.
Pros I've had this camera for about 2 weeks. The pictures are great if you have decent light. The video quality is decent.
Cons This is a point and shoot, plain and simple. Don't expect great results in low light. In a night time stadium setting the results were disapointing. It feels like a low-end camera. Thin and plasticy. The zoom doesn't feel very solid.
Summary Comparing price versus features I would have to move to the $300 range before I would choose something else.I've had this camera for about 6 months and taken about 3,000 pictures with it so far. I am absolutely thrilled with the picture quality even before you factor in the under $100 price tag. The one exception I have found is night time shooting. I wouldn't reccomend this camera for photographing your son's high school football games. What I would reccomend is getting some type of media card reader for uploading. Uploading from the camera is painfully slow. If your price range is around $100 don't even waste your time with other cameras.
Updated on Dec 8, 2009