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Canon PowerShot A480The Canon PowerShot A480 may be basic and cheap, but at least it takes good photos.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hey there. I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET Reviews, and this is a look at the Canon PowerShot A480. It's a basic 10-megapixel compact camera, 3x optical zoom that sells for barely more than $100.00. For that money, you don't get a whole lot of features. It is powered by double A batteries, though, which is typical at its price point. The design is chunky, but still fairly compact, with a 2.5-inch LCD on back. And while the buttons are arranged well and easy to push, they look and feel like they're on a $100.00 camera. Shooting options are limited to a traditional auto mode, a program auto mode, if you want to adjust things like ISO and white balance, 12-scene modes, and a VGA movie mode. That's pretty much where the good times begin and end, though. Photo quality is, for the most, good, but pictures are soft and highlights tend to blow out, but fortunately, they have excellent color. If you plan to print photos larger than eight by ten, or even five by seven, there's a good chance you'll be disappointed with the results. In the end thought, the competition isn't any better at this price, so if you're looking for a very basic, compact snapshot camera that takes reasonably good photos, this camera is worth the small investment. I'm Josh Goldman. That's the Canon PowerShot A480. ^E00:01:25