Canon PowerShot A520 Goes Smaller, Lighter

Canon USA Inc. announced Tuesday the four megapixel PowerShot A520 compact digital camera that replaces the PowerShot A85 model announced last July.

The A520 (see photo below) is similiar in features and size to the A510, but has a 4.0 megapixel sensor versus 3.2 megapixels. The A520 is 13% smaller and 10% lighter than the A85, and has a SD/MMC storage slot instead of CompactFlash.

In addition, the new model has a 4x optical zoom, uses two standard AA batteries instead of four like the older A85, utilizes a new all-glass lens, has a 1.8-inch LCD screen, and is equipped with a nine-point AiAF "Smart" autofocus system with 13 shooting modes.

The Canon PowerShot A520 will ship this March and retail for US$299.99, $100 more than the PowerShot A510.

The Canon PowerShot A520
(Photo courtesy of Imaging Resource)