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Canon Powershot A470
Canon Powershot A470

Hey! You should know that this product has been discontinued. Here are our current recommended cameras in the Point and Shoot Digital Cameras category.

Canon Powershot A470

We've given the A470 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

The Canon A470 is more than two years old, and as such, we don't recommend that you buy it. Check out something like the Canon Powershot A495, for example.  That's not to say that this was anything less than a solid camera when it came out in 2008. Here's what we had to say back then:

The Canon A470 is a tiny shooter meant to fit snugly in a pocket or a purse. Available in four fun colors (Red, Green, Blue, Silver), it's an excellent portable companion, perfect for nights on the town or other activities where you don't want to be lugging a big bulky digital camera around with you.


  • 7 megapixels
  • 3.4x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Face-detection auto focus
  • JPEG file format
  • Movie mode with sound
  • ISO 80-1600
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory card storage (32MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: 2504B001
  • UPC: 013803089967
  • Release Date: Jan 25, 2008

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Canon Powershot A470 Reviews

Canon Powershot A470 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Super camera for the money. (bill horsington — 11/26/2009)

Many features for a relatively inexpensive and small pocket-sized digital camera. The camera is easy to setup and to use. The picture images are great, even at full 14X zoom. The camera came with decent software, which allows you to fix and organize your photos on the camera and/or computer. A good camera for travel. Note: Recommend the purchase the larger SD memory for higher photo capacity.

  • 5.0 out of 5
It is a very special camera (pauline — 09/06/2009)

My husband got it for our 12th anniversary

  • 1.0 out of 5
Lens error - camera restart (STefan Paul — 06/24/2009)

Just out of the warranty period - and now it's kaputt! I keep getting this message. The repair people told me to buy a new one, that would be cheaper than getting it repaired. This is not the way it should be!

  • 3.0 out of 5
good pics and very good movies but battery problem (tom — 06/18/2009)

bought at Walmart on sale. take very nice pics in good light but in low light cannot see any image on lcd. I have too many cameras and this is the first without an image to aim late in the day....What broke the camel's back, however, is although it takes excellent movies, one 20 second movie with devour a new set of alkaline batteries. Maybe I had a defective camera but thanks to Walmart, they own it again now.

  • 4.0 out of 5


  • 4.0 out of 5
this is good (patrick — 05/10/2009)

highly recommended

  • 5.0 out of 5
Affordable and Good (AyuDW — 01/31/2009)

Honestly, for the price i can't think anything better than this camera. Its point and shoot! Perfectly fits in my pocket. So far i have tons of good pics and good videos as well.

I load mine with 16GB SDHC card, so i'm clicking and video taping endlessly.

  • 5.0 out of 5
amazing (sushanth b k — 01/03/2009)

really its great.. battery back up is average... resolution also good....... compatible for middle class people like us.. thanq canon..........

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best for Personal Use (manu — 12/13/2008)

This camera is awesome.Bought it in South Africa - the 7.1 resolution makes it a useful for high res. photography.It works well in all weather conditions and in different lighting conditions.Its good on the batteries too. Mine came with a 2GB Memory Card. Its a worthwhile investment.

  • 5.0 out of 5
canon A470 user review (chandramouli — 12/05/2008)

its pretty good..
the image quality is absolutely great..
but the only fault is its battery back up is not so great

  • 5.0 out of 5
simply the best (phil_jhay — 10/17/2008)

this camera is not just a canon best selling camera in our place (philippines) but it also a budget frenly gadget. the resolution is good and it has a warranty to be secured in some defects. im convinced to buy Canon because they are the poineering camera manufacturer around the globe, this point and shoot cam matches ur needs and gives u a quality photos that captures ur moment. canon a470 is simply the best among the new powershots

  • 5.0 out of 5
True to Canon's Quality Image (Lorraine — 10/06/2008)

I received the Canon Powershot A470 last June as a gift. This camera is all that one would expect from a firm as dedicated to quality and innovation as Canon. For my needs, this little marvel does everything. More important, it has challenged me to learn more and create better and better photographs. The only complaint comes from my dog, Lucy, who is tired of posing all the time!! No glitches, no problems whatsoever—just good photos time after time.

  • 2.0 out of 5
the lens error and camera LCD shows nothing (arash — 07/16/2008)

the camera started malfunction after one day, it shows lens error restart required and screen goes black, as i searched this a known issue and it must be the bad design of the mechanical part of lens drive anyway google it, you are unlucky you camera might broke in just a day

  • 1.0 out of 5
Broke after 5 days (Irate2008 — 06/14/2008)

I purchased this camera on Sunday. Today is Friday. I've barely used the camera. I not get a "Lens Error, Restart Camera" message every time I try to turn it on. In other words, the camera is a lemon. Extremely upset with Canon because apparently this error happens with many of their cameras. The automatic lens that pops out and retracts automatically is just very silly to have because it creates a very unreliable camera.

Since I bought this camera in the Philippines, it cost me over $200 US. Very upset... I'll see what Canon does, as it is supposed to be under warranty.

I did not drop or mistreat the camera in any way.

  • 5.0 out of 5
snap like a pro (gihanz — 05/06/2008)

amazing digi camera with reasonable price.. come with latest technology. you can snap picture like a pro with adjust ISO, speed shutter and brightness.