Although this compact camera is as light and as portable as a smartphone, that's where the similarities end. "This camera is as easy to carry around as my smartphone, but has the added benefit of a really impressive zoom" says Katy. Smartphone cameras typically have limited optical zoom, meaning no long focal length reach with effective image stabilisation. The Canon PowerShot ZOOM
packs the equivalent of a 400mm telephoto lens into its compact form, with the option to use digital zoom up to 800mm, which takes you closer than is possible with a regular smartphone.
The resulting range should help nature enthusiasts, sightseers and sports fans to close in on those special moments which happen at a distance, such as skittish birds in the garden, lions lounging in trees in the Serengeti, intricate details of iconic landmarks, or the triumphant expression as an athlete accomplishes their goal.
Impressive range requires impressive image stabilisation, and the Canon PowerShot ZOOM
's Optical Image Stabilizer is up to the task of keeping images steady and subjects sharp, even at these longer focal lengths. "The photos and footage from our adventure in the woods came out really well – really clear!" says Katy, who often finds herself surrounded by nature. "It was great to take photos, both of wildlife and the kids, that were so sharp."