Some VERY beginner questions here, I apologize!
My knowledge of cameras is limited to say the least. To give you an idea, I know things like:
- SLRs are good. I can take a lot of pictures in a short amount of time.
- My Canon S95 took really great photos in low light (before its buttons stopped working).
- My iPhone's photos in daylight are pretty impressive, but it's horrible in low light or when using a flash
- In general, more megapixels are better (but other things are more important)
- Digital zoom = bad (because I can just zoom in later and make it more pixelized if I want)
- The more optical zoom, the better.
- Most cameras have 3X or 5X optical zoom. Anything higher is for professionals with telephoto lenses.
Apparently I'm wrong about the last point, because I stumbled on the Canon SX510 HS which has a 30X optical zoom. On top of that, it shoots 1080p video, has a wide-angle lens (I assume that's good), has built-in wifi, and excellent reviews (all of the negative reviews seem to be from people who thought they were getting a free memory card or something and didn't get it).
So what am I missing? Clearly I have a lot to learn, but this is one of the cheapest Canon cameras you can buy. I just don't understand how something with 12 megapixels and a 30X optical zoom, from a reputable manufacturer (not to mention all the other features) can be so inexpensive.
Why is it half the price of the S95, for example?