Canon PowerShot A460
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 1778B001
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CNET editors' review
price range: $284.95
- Reviewed by: Will Greenwald
- Edited by: Phil Ryan
- Reviewed on: 02/13/2007
The good: 4x zoom lens; optical viewfinder.
The bad: Very noisy images; awkward zoom rocker; no 30fps VGA movie mode.
The bottom line: With heavy image noise and merely decent performance, there are better budget cameras available than the Canon PowerShot A460.
Excellent inexpensive automatic camera
by LannyM on March 2, 2008
Pros: Easy to use, Autofocus, Manuals in 2 languages,
Cons: a little hard to see the LCD in very bright sunlight
Summary: We bought one of these four (4) months ago and we love it! We bought a 2 GB SD memory and rechargable batteries for it. There are manuals for English ...
Summary: We bought one of these four (4) months ago and we love it! We bought a 2 GB SD memory and rechargable batteries for it. There are manuals for English and manuals for Spanish. The quality of the photos we are getting speaks extremely well for the automatic focusing and the lens quality of this basic, inexpensive camera. We would buy this camera again, without considering other makes or models! Yesterday, I took 97 photos, mostly in very bright sun and the results are excellent. The camera is recognized, immediately, in the Linux Operating System. It's also recognized in MS Windows XP, without needing to install Software from Canon.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great for the average person!
by ferretmom113 on October 3, 2007
Pros: Takes great photos, easy to use
Cons: Can be hard to change settings if you aren't familiar with it.
Summary: The "experts" are obviously more technologically advanced than most. They wouldn't be able to appreciate a camera that doesn't take photos, have movies with sound, make coffe for ...
Summary: The "experts" are obviously more technologically advanced than most. They wouldn't be able to appreciate a camera that doesn't take photos, have movies with sound, make coffe for you, play MP3, and still fit into a lipstick tube. For average people such as myself, this camera is a great buy, it is a bargain, and while it may have image "noise", I still think it takes great photos and if you want a camera for taking photos and not one that plays MP3, has 2000 dollars worth of bells and whistles and you aren't afraid it will get stolen if you take it out in public, this one certainly tops the list!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good, solid, basic point and shoot!
by Ishcoa on July 2, 2010
Pros: Good quality in well light places, fair flash, simple AA batteries, viewfinder, hidden gems (ex: super macro close up mode), affordable, microphone, 4x zoom, software, speaker, made of nice materials.
Cons: Big and bulky, strange button placement, bad video, poor low-light (without flash), small screen, normal batteries have short life.
Summary: A good camera for basic shooting, and some nice hidden gems. Nice picture quality for 5 mp. The size isn't the smallest, but it's worth it for the ...
Summary: A good camera for basic shooting, and some nice hidden gems. Nice picture quality for 5 mp. The size isn't the smallest, but it's worth it for the long zoom. Great price as well!
I got this camera as a gift, it sucks
by otakuchikku31 on February 11, 2010
Pros: It was a gift... meaning it was free. It can take a good beating though.
Cons: There is a huge shutter delay between photos, which is difficult to capture a running two year old. If you are going to pay 200 on a camera, and a Canon I recommend the Canon SD940.
Summary: Unless you like forcing people to pose for pictures for up to 2 minutes, buy something else. Canon is an amazing brand for cameras, buy a different one... this one ...
Summary: Unless you like forcing people to pose for pictures for up to 2 minutes, buy something else. Canon is an amazing brand for cameras, buy a different one... this one is its red headed step child.
Product defective -- Canon failed to fix it twice
by ae_lucas on December 14, 2007
Pros: A decent point and shoot camera for every day things
Cons: May arrive defective, and Canon won't help you if it does
Summary: Product arrived with a pixel stuck red. Unfortunately, I didn't notice until I went to the desert and took some pictures of cloud formations and it was past return ...
Summary: Product arrived with a pixel stuck red. Unfortunately, I didn't notice until I went to the desert and took some pictures of cloud formations and it was past return policy. Sent in for repair. They replaced the sensor and it came back with a different pixel stuck blue. Sent in again, the exact same pixel still stuck blue. Broken from factory, 2 repairs, and still have not taken a picture that does not have defects. I called Canon to get a remedy and I will apparently be just sending it back in and hoping the third attempt at repair will work while the other attempts did not. I would not recommend buying this unless you want to photoshop pixels out of your photos and deal with some guy named Jermaine from Canon who insists he does not have a Supervisor.
Perfect for the non-pro
by moonchild111 on October 29, 2007
Pros: Excellent price, Easy to use.
Cons: 5 megapixels (still better than a phone camera by far)
Summary: MAN! The "pros" are harsh on our little A460, dont'cha think? 5.8?! I have no clue what you would do with more options than what this comes with. ...
Summary: MAN! The "pros" are harsh on our little A460, dont'cha think? 5.8?! I have no clue what you would do with more options than what this comes with. I'm not going on a America's Next Top Model as a photog. Set it to "auto" and away you go, point, click, download, nice pictures! What the heck else could you want??
Want a camera to do what cameras are for? Taking Pictures! Well this is the best one for you!!
by cheetahgal11 on September 20, 2007
Pros: Clear pictures
Cons: Too cheap! and you will need to buy a bigger memory card!
Summary: I love this camera! I got one today. All I want to do is take nice pictures and put them on my computer. And I can do that with this ...
Summary: I love this camera! I got one today. All I want to do is take nice pictures and put them on my computer. And I can do that with this camera! Very cheap! I bought mine in Brisbane in a shop for $149
Good Camera with the Basics
by rarichie on July 17, 2007
Pros: Good image quality, Optical zoom, Form Factor, Price
Cons: kinda: no ISO 800
Summary: I bought this camera for my wife. It has produced great images in Oregon wine country and Mt. St. Helens, places with little and large image contrast shots, and on ...
Summary: I bought this camera for my wife. It has produced great images in Oregon wine country and Mt. St. Helens, places with little and large image contrast shots, and on a 2GB card 150X speed ($21-ecost) will hold 1400 images on High Res (always buy a card with speed first then get the most capacity for your $$). She wanted an accessible camera and she got one and fits in her purse. She has not read the manual and with minimal direction she was off and running. SD format is a common reader built in to many laptops. Finally it is not a DSLR and it does not cost $300 (like pricier D-point and shoots) it is $100 so for what you paid it performs quite well. It has nice optical range(4x or upto 156mm-ish), and manual controls of pricier cameras, but does not have iso 800(this was a wish for $100). My Canon DSLRs are much better but they are bigger and way more expensive, this camera serves a great role. Buy one for your significant other, it won't break the bank and they will be more than satisfied.
Best budget camera
by ccroke on July 16, 2007
Pros: Excellent Photos! What are the editors thinking?
Cons: Poor location for ON/OFF button
Summary: Do your research. As a previous owner of an A60, I wanted to buy something that took great pictures and would not cost a ton of money. The 200+ pictures ...
Summary: Do your research. As a previous owner of an A60, I wanted to buy something that took great pictures and would not cost a ton of money. The 200+ pictures I have taken to date, prove I spent my money wisely. The pictures are great. I am so happy with the colors and crispness of the photos. I see a lot of reviews that are focused on bells and whistles. I do not use this camera for video. I use my Elura for that. If one of my kids breaks this on me, I won't be upset. At 100+ dollars, it performs better than more expensive cameras I have seen photos from. Buy rechargeable AA batteries and you are good to go. The ON/OFF switch is lousy. I kept on turning the camera off from time to time when taking photos. It's not as small as others, but it's weight and size proves to be more comfortable to the user in the long run. Smaller ones in this price range feel cheap. The 4X zoom kicks as well. Best bang for the buck hands down!
Great basic camera, does everything I need
by mikepier on June 13, 2007
Pros: Great images, compact design, price,
Cons: awkward button locations
Summary: I previously owned a Canon A510 3.2 megapixel digital camera for about 2 years, but after making too many trips to the floor, it finally died on me, so ...
Summary: I previously owned a Canon A510 3.2 megapixel digital camera for about 2 years, but after making too many trips to the floor, it finally died on me, so it was time to get a new one. My old camera had so many extra features in it that I never used, so I was looking for a basic camera without the extra features at a good price. I came across the A460. This camera does it all. It produces great images, has a movie mode, and is a little smaller than my old A510. I picked it up for $119 at Amazon.
There are only 2 minor quirks on this camera. The zoom control button is shared with the menu button on the back of the camera as opposed to having a dedicated zoom button like my old A510. Also the power button and shutter button are too close to each other so that if you go to take a picture, you might accidentally shut off the camera. But these are minor quirks that I got used to quickly and are no longer issues.
Bottom line is this is a great camera at a great price. It does just about everything my old camera did. I don't know how this camera scored a 5.8 on Cnet's rating.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 1778B001
- Description: The stylish PowerShot A460 offers the high-performance features and high-quality design that make great pictures possible even if this is your very first digital camera. Equipped with 5.0 Megapixels of resolution, a 4x optical zoom and many of Canon's most popular shooting features, this is a camera designed to make digital photography simple, fun and rewarding - from the moment you take it out of the box.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Available Body Colors blue, red, silver
- Resolution 5 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 5,300,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 5,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/3"
- Optical Zoom 4 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 5
- Digital Video Format AVI
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 100,
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Snow,
Kids & pets,
- Special Effects Vivid,
Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
Fluorescent light (daylight)
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- X-sync Speed 1/500 sec
- Type 4 x x Zoom lens - 5.4 mm - 21.6 mm - F/2.8-5.8
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 38 - 152 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 18.5 in
- Macro Focus Range 0.4 in - 18.5 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 6 groups / 7 elements
- Features Aspherical lens,
Built-in lens shield
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Effective Flash Range 1 ft - 10 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 1.5 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
16:9 widescreen mode,
Auto power save,
- Viewfinder Type Optical - Real-image zoom
- Type 2 in LCD display
- Resolution 86,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x USB
- Software Canon ZoomBrowser EX,
Drivers & Utilities,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows 98 SE,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
Apple Mac OS X 10.2 - 10.4,
MS Windows ME
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Certified for Windows Vista
- Included Accessories USB cable,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery AA
- Supported Battery 2 x AA Alkaline battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card
- Included Memory Card 16 MB
- Image Storage Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 5 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 10 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 21 VA - With 16MB card,
Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 9 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 16 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 33 VA - With 16MB card,
Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 14 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 26 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 50 VA - With 16MB card,
Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 56 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 88 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 138 VA - With 16MB card,
Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1456 : 7 VA - With 16MB card,
Fine JPEG 2592 x 1456 : 14 VA - With 16MB card,
Normal JPEG 2592 x 1456 : 28 VA - With 16MB card
- Video Capture AVI - 640 x 480 - 23 sec - With 16MB card,
AVI - 320 x 240 - 22 sec - With 16MB card,
AVI - 160 x 120 - 107 sec - With 16MB card
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.2 in
- Depth 1.6 in
- Height 2 in
- Weight 5.8 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
CNET Labs' Benchmarks
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- CNET Labs Flash shot to shot time 6.0
- CNET Labs Shot to shot time typical 1.5
- CNET Labs Shutter lag bright 0.5
- CNET Labs Shutter lag dim 1.2
- CNET Labs Typical burst speed 1.5
- CNET Labs Wake up time 1.7