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Fantasea annouces FA-480 underwater housing for Canon Powershot A480

10 June, 2009 (14:15) | Fantasea | By: Camera News

Fantasea FA-480
Fantasea FA-480

Fantasea has announced a new underwater housing for the Canon Powershot A480 compact camera. The underwater housing is called Fantasea FA-480 and is depth rated to 60 meters/200 feet. The housing protects the camera from water, dust, sand and other elements that can damage the camera. You can access all functions on the camera with the housing and it even has a removable flash diffuser.

The Fantasea FA-480 underwater housing is available now and costs about $280.

Press release:
Fantasea Line Releases the FA-480 Underwater Housing for the Canon PowerShot A480 Digital Camera

New Housing Provides Access to All Camera Controls and Functions

Fantasea Line announces the release of a new housing specifically designed for the Canon PowerShot A480 digital camera. The FA-480 Housing, depth rated to 60 meters/200 feet, is fully functional providing photographers with access to all camera functions. Fantasea’s new compact housing design and improved construction ensures easy handling and accurate access to camera functions through the critical placement of push-button controls. The Fantasea FA-480 Housing has a double O-ring seal on all controls, anti-glare hood over LCD screen, removable flash diffuser and a 46mm threaded lens port.

The FA-480 Housing is ideal for outdoor and underwater photographers’ needs. Underwater photographers can dive or snorkel and capture all the excitement of this fascinating world, while outdoor photographers also have the option of capturing the action of such activities as white water and paddle sports, sailing and boating, surfing, fishing, hunting, backpacking and camping. The FA-480 protects the Canon Powershot A480 camera from water, sand, dust, and other damaging elements.

The FA-480, like all Fantasea housings, comes with an optional Accessory System which will enable photographers to further enhance their imaging capability.

Free One Year Flood Insurance Policy
As with all other Fantasea Camera Housings, in the event of accidental water leakage, the camera inside is insured*. This attractive additional protection is exclusive only to Fantasea Housings and provides the ultimate peace of mind for photographers, who want to be sure their cameras are adequately and safely protected during use in these rugged environments.
*According to the terms and conditions of the Flood Insurance Program.

About Fantasea
Fantasea Line is an international company dedicated to developing, manufacturing and marketing of creative and affordable product solutions for the diving, underwater photography and water sports markets. Fantasea’s management has been involved in the diving, water sports and photographic industries for over 37 years. With offices and representatives worldwide, Fantasea cooperates with leading international manufacturers on joint venture projects for product development and distribution.

Canon launces PowerShot A480 digital camera on the US marked

18 February, 2009 (19:51) | Canon, Compact Camera | By: Camera News

Canon PowerShot A480
Canon PowerShot A480

Canon has announced that they are releasing the Canon PowerShot A480 compact digital camera on the US marked. This camera was unveiled in Europe about a month ago and now Canon think it will fit on the American marked too.

Some key features for the Canon PowerShot A480:
-10 megapixel sensor
-3.3x optical zoom
-2.5″ LCD screen
-Face detection
-Motion detection

The Canon PowerShot A480 will be available on the US marked in March 2009 and cost about $130.

Canon announces PowerShot A480 digital camera – 25% smaller

16 January, 2009 (14:58) | Canon, Compact Camera | By: Camera News

Canon PowerShot A480
Canon PowerShot A480

Canon has announced the new Canon PowerShot A480 digital compact camera. This camera is the successor to the previous Canon PowerShot A470. The new PowerShot A480 is 25% smaller than its predecessor and a new simpler button system.

Some key features for the Canon PowerShot A480:
-10 megapixel sensor
-3.3x optical zoom
-2.5″ LCD screen
-Face detection
-Motion detection

Press release:
Fun, pocket-sized and totally intuitive:
the new PowerShot A480

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 15 January 2009: Canon today replaces its popular PowerShot A470 with a new 10.0 Megapixel model: the extra-compact, affordable PowerShot A480. Redesigned for even more intuitive operation, the PowerShot A480 offers a new build and design that is 25% smaller than that of its predecessor – in a choice of silver, red, blue or black. Flexible framing of shots is made easy by a 3.3x Canon optical zoom, while Canon’s DIGIC III processor delivers high image quality, superb colour reproduction, Face Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology.

Designed to be easy
Every aspect of the PowerShot A480 has been redesigned with one thing in mind: ease of use. Thanks to a new, simplified button layout – with dedicated buttons for zoom, mode and playback and an improved User Interface, it’s as easy to operate as it is to carry. Compact proportions make the PowerShot A480 an ideal ‘take-anywhere’ camera, perfect for capturing spontaneous snapshots.

Generous Megapixels and flexible zoom
The PowerShot A480 uses a 10.0 Megapixel sensor to capture every scene in vivid detail, ready for printing at sizes as large as A3+. This is complemented by a 3.3x optical zoom, which provides the flexibility to frame everyday shots to perfection.

Canon know-how for great shots made easy
At the heart of the PowerShot A480 is Canon’s DIGIC III image processor. As well as ensuring exceptional image quality – with ultra-low noise levels and outstanding colour reproduction – DIGIC III drives the rapid response times, and Canon’s own Face Detection Technology. Designed to make great people shots easier than ever, Face Detection Technology detects up to nine faces in a scene and adjusts focus, exposure, flash settings and white balance – for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones.

To keep shots looking sharp, Motion Detection Technology uses changes in scene information to identify subject motion and camera-shake. ISO is then optimised for minimum blur and maximum image quality.

Ready for any occasion
A range of 15 preset shooting modes allows any user to instantly get the correct settings for common scenes. Options include dedicated Kids & Pets, Sunset, and Indoor modes. It’s also equally easy to shoot spontaneous 30fps video clips, ready for upload to the internet or sharing via the bright 2.5” LCD screen. Plus, because the PowerShot A480 is powered by AA batteries, users can enjoy a convenient, readily available source of power.

“Whether you’re 7 years old or 70, the PowerShot A480 offers a great-value way to discover the fun of taking pictures,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “This camera brings Canon’s unrivalled image quality to its widest audience yet.”

Features at a glance:

* Compact, lightweight 10.0 Megapixel camera in four colour variations (silver, red, blue or black)*
* Canon 3.3x optical zoom
* Easy to use, with simple button layout and intuitive user interface
* 2.5” LCD with Image Inspection Tool for focus checking
* People shots made easy with Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB and
* Red-Eye Correction in both shooting and playback
* DIGIC III processing delivers high-quality images and intelligent technologies
* Combats blur with Motion Detection Technology
* Smooth, 30fps VGA movies with Long Play mode
* 15 shooting modes
* Safety FE avoids blow-out when the flash is used
* Powered by AA batteries

*Some colours may not be available in some regions.

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