Best Point & Shoot Compact Cameras: Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

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Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HSThis high-end advanced Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is compact and comfortable to hold, with the ability to create excellent images that can be wirelessly shared from virtually anywhere. Its newly expanded built-in Wi-Fi, with quick and easy setup, lets you post to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr, send to e-mail, and share with your tablet, smartphone, networked PC, and wireless PictBridge-certified printer. The camera can connect directly to both iOS and Android devices, and upload images via the free Canon CameraWindow app without a computer.

Its powerful 30x optical zoom will permit you to capture an athlete’s facial expressions from way up in the bleachers, producing a sharp, clear photo with the help of Canon’s built-in optical image stabilizer (IS). But your photography is not limited to long-zoom shots; a 24mm wide-angle lens handily snaps group shots and landscapes. And you can experience flawless low-light shooting due to the Canon HS system that’s comprised of a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Digic 4 image processor. You’ll also be able to preserve memories you’ll want to relive in stunning 1080p Full HD video.

For set-it-and-forget-it shooting, smart auto mode senses and chooses the perfect camera settings for 32 predefined shooting scenes, so every shot (and video) can be winner. Your photography will also benefit from the camera’s high-speed autofocus and zoom framing assist function that makes it easy to keep subjects in sight at the long end of the zoom. With this feature, the SX510 HS will automatically zoom in or out while following the movement of your subject to help ensure it remains in focus.

The camera is also equipped with “intelligent” IS that diminishes blur caused by camera shake, and its various shooting modes make it easy to take perfect photos in a range of shooting situations by providing presets with optimized settings. The modes range from full manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, and program mode to special scene modes like toy camera effect, miniature effect, and fisheye effect. And a big, bright 3.0-inch LCD screen makes it a breeze to shoot and review your stills and video. $249.99.

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