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March 28, 2017
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A digital camera/smartphone match

Canon's new PowerShot SX600 HS

On a recent stroll along the harbour in Old Montreal, I noticed that many of the visitors taking photographs used both smartphones and digital cameras. For group shots and selfies, smartphones (often using Bluetooth selfie sticks) were the clear choice. The cameras came out for boats on the water and longer shots back toward the city.

A couple of years ago, as smartphone cameras grew more and more sophisticated, packing in megapixels and features, it looked as though they might replace cameras entirely. That’s clearly not the case.

Here are five reasons why cameras are not going the way of the dodo anytime soon: optical zoom lens; superior and faster auto focus; better photos in low light; more megapixels; longer battery life.

On the downside cameras are more expensive, heavier and mean that you have yet another item to lug around with you. With these things in mind, a lot of thought has gone into Canon’s new 16-megapixel PowerShot SX600 HS. It may be just the ticket to pair with your smartphone.

Don’t be put off by the “advanced” tag: it’s as easy to use, as any point-and-shoot camera. Reviewers give it good ratings for photos and 1080p HD video quality is excellent. The big plus is its 18x f3.8-6.9 25-450mm optical lens that gets you in close even at full range. The 16.0-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ image processor means solid performance in low light. It also has built-in Wi-Fi that makes sharing easy. You can even set the camera up on a tripod and program your smartphone to take the shot eliminating need to use a timer. The slim, lightweight body has a large 76.2 mm LCD with a resolution of 461,000 dots. Priced at less than $275, the camera is widely available.

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