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I take photos of computer hardware for sale on ebay. I had been borrowing a camera for photos (Olympus SZ-16) and the camera will be able to focus while very zoomed in to a device while relatively close. But since it was borrowed, I ultimately needed to buy my own camera. I'm not savvy on technical specs or anything like that. I just wanted a point and shoot camera that was modern and had good zoom. I didn't know about "Minimum focus distance" when I went to make my purchase.
So I bought a Canon SX740 HS. Took me a while to figure out the camera... turns out it has REALLY BAD minimum focus distance. The camera refuses to focus when zoomed in. How can I fix this? If I can't fix it, what stat should I look for for focus distance when zoomed in?
Here is a picture I took with the SX740 on a tripod. The object is about 40 inches away from the camera body. This is the closest I can zoom in before the camera refuses to focus. I can't even manually focus it to be in focus if it is zoomed in any further. https://i.ibb.co/k6zhShy/IMG-0725.jpg
And here is a picture I took with the SZ-16. I can zoom in to the maximum 24x and it'll focus perfectly. Same deal, on a tripod, object is 40 inches away from camera body https://i.ibb.co/fxCghgy/P5090355.jpg
So why does the SZ-16 have much better minimum focus distance than the SX740? What stat should I look for with respect to focus distance while zoomed in? What camera would you recommend for close-up telephoto images? Sorry if I used the wrong terminology. I think I'm going to return the SX740, because getting these super narrow field pictures is critical, especially if the item has a tiny defect that I need to display.