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Canon announced additions to its A series of digital cameras, rolling out a total of four A-series cameras in anticipation of the PMA event next week.

Heading up the list is the Canon PowerShot A700 (above), which has a newly designed 6-megapixel image sensor. It has a 6x 35-210 mm optical zoom lens, and has a variety of shooting modes from automatic all the way to fully manual. The camera also offers a 16x9 ratio setting for panoramic shots. It will be available in March for $350.

The next in the line are the A540 and A530, which are similar to the A700 but with less-elaborate glass, offering a 4x optical zoom instead of the A700 s 6x. The difference between the 540 and the 530 is that the 540 has a 2.5-inch LCD while the 530 has a 1.8-inch LCD. The 540 will be $300, while the 530 is $230.


The value-priced entry in the A-series is the 4-megapixel PowerShot A430. This camera has a 3.2x optical zoom and a 1.8-inch LCD display, and will be available in March for $180.

See a comparison of all the Canon digital cameras here.

Canon Powershot A700 [Let's Go Digital]
Canon Powershot A430 [Let's Go Digital]
Canon Powershot A530 [Let's Go Digital]
Canon Powershot A540 [Let's Go Digital]