If you’re not yelling the lyrics to the Zenon, girl of the 21st century movie already; I have embed the grainy, old school video so you can get it stuck in your head at your convenience. Seriously. That was an awesome movie.
Anyways, you probably aren’t here to be reliving a tweenies movie from the 90s. Instead you’ve got your awesome new Powershot SX530 HS in your hot little hands and are itching to learn what the zoom can do. Either that or you’ve already figured it out and are sweating to learn about shutter speed and aperture control, but basics first.
The zoom on this camera is its signature feature.
The zoom gives you a great view of everything close up, and can give you some super sharp images. The stop sign there is an example that lets you judge distance, but it is certainly not the most wow worthy I’ve taken, for example. This bridge:
Those rocks under the bridge:
Yeah. I could go on, but this post is so new photographers still wobbling through the first steps can wield this amazing power for themselves. On your camera, you can locate where to zoom here:
This toggle can be pulled to the left or right. To the right zooms in, to the left zooms out. This toggle is conveniently wrapped around the shutter button so you can just push the button to take the photo right as you get to the correct zoom. (Actually, I think all cameras are like this, just with less zoom in their zoom.)
But this camera takes it a step farther. There is another feature on it that seems to be fairly unique, and that is the magical zoom recapture button.
This button is the top button on the left side of your camera. You may not have noticed it before. Yet this feature is probably one of the most beautiful and well used buttons I have. When you are zoomed aaaaall the way out on a camera, tracking a fast moving target like your dog chasing a frisbee or your kid playing football? Have you ever lost track of your subject and had to either wobble around looking for them, missing awesome moments with every second you struggle, or been forced to zoom out and zoom in again?
With this button, you will never have that problem again. If you lose track of your target, just push down and hold the button. Your camera will zoom out, and a white box will appear on your screen. Center the white box on your subject and let go. Boom! It will zoom back in to the exact distance you were at before, but with your doggie or kiddo back in the frame once more. It’s so easy it is almost unfair.
The zoom feature is one of the easiest to use features of this camera, and also one of the most fun. We’ll tackle another setting on this camera next time. Thanks for reading!
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