After replacing the A75 with the A510, Canon has replaced the A85 with the 4x-zoom, 4Mp PowerShot A520, claiming it's 13 per cent smaller and 20 per cent lighter.

The lens is equivalent to a 35mm 35-140mm zoom and has a maximum aperture of between f/2.6 and 5.5. Canon claims that the 9-point rear focus system gives more efficient focussing to limit power consumption.

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The company also claims that a redesigned flash unit, optical viewfinder, and a move from Compact Flash to SD memory card also contribute to a lighter, more compact body.
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The 20 shooting modes include eight

Movie clips of up to 3 minutes with sound can be recorded and the camera includes the ability to cut and edit in-camera on the 1.8-inch LCD. A new hold function allows users to extend the display of newly shot images on the screen, and to delete them immediately without exiting shoot mode.

Canon claims that the zoom flash, which can narrow the flash’s angle for telephoto shots, is a first for its digital camera line-up. The flash has a guide number of 18 at ISO 100 and has three power output settings based on the aperture.

The camera includes a Print/Share button for direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer. A 16MB MMC card is included. Software includes ZoomBrowser EX for Windows and ImageBrowser for Mac, PhotoStitch and PhotoRecord, plus photo manipulation software ArcSoft PhotoStudio.

The camera will be available from late February for £204 plus VAT.