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Canon Debuts Two New Entry-Level Digicams

Lake Success, N.Y. — Canon will ship two new entry-level A-series PowerShot digital cameras to dealers in February, the company said today.

Both of the cameras will support the new SD High Capacity (SDHC) memory card format and use the company’s AiAF autofocus system. They will include a 16MB MMC card and a pair of AA alkaline batteries.

The 7-megapixel A550 sports a 4x optical zoom lens, 2-inch LCD, 11 scene modes, Canon’s DIGIC II processor and the ability to capture VGA resolution video clips at 30 fps. It offers a longer battery life than its predecessor, the A530, and incorporates a redesigned mode dial which fronts five scene modes and an automatic mode for easier access.

The A550 will retail for an estimated $199.

The 5-megapixel A460 (which replaces the A430) also offers a 4x optical zoom and a 2-inch LCD screen, DIGIC II, and 10 scene modes. It will retail for an estimated $149.