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Why is this smartphone picture better than this dedicated camera picture?

No, your camera sensor is not bigger than your smartphone sensor, they are both about 1/2,5". The difference is that your Canon camera uses ancient sensor technology (more noise), smaller aperture (...
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Why is this smartphone picture better than this dedicated camera picture?

The primary reasons for the differences in image quality between the two cameras are the settings and technique used to capture the image, not sensor technology. To get sharper images, increase ISO, ...
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Why is this smartphone picture better than this dedicated camera picture?

Yes, the technology of your Samsung smartphone is the reason it gave you a better photo than your ancient Canon S5is. The S5is photo is unusable because of motion blur. You got motion blur because of ...
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How long would a camera battery last unused?

Just wanted to know if its still possible that the battery works or if i should also buy another battery. Yes, and yes. Yes, it's possible that the battery still works -- I've been able to charge ...
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Can I get a manual focus lens for my Canon PowerShot camera?

That lens is listed as compatible with Canon EOS-M cameras, which are interchangable lens cameras. The PowerShot line of cameras does not have an interchangable lens. So, no, it's not compatible with ...
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Can I get the Canon hacker development kit to work for a camera that has no official CHDK builds?

Unless you're a developer with experience in reverse engineering firmware and prepared to put a lot of time and effort in, you can't use CHDK on your camera. As you can see from the CHDK developers ...
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Can you adjust Aperture in [Tv] mode on a PowerShot G7 X?

The whole point of Tv mode is that you don't adjust the aperture; the camera meters the scene and calculates the aperture based on the selected shutter speed and ISO setting. If you want to adjust the ...
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Can I get a manual focus lens for my Canon PowerShot camera?

Your camera (PowerShot SX###) cannot use other lenses, unless you consider screw-on converter lenses. I expect most here would not consider such "lenses" to be "real" lenses. Conversion lenses would ...
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Can I get a manual focus lens for my Canon PowerShot camera?

The Canon PowerShot SX530 is not an interchangeable lens camera. You cannot buy other lenses for it. While I have no experience with the Brightin Star lens you ask about, I do not expect it to be a ...
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Lens keeps on zooming a tad bit and lens error

From your description, it appears your baby broke some relatively delicate part in the lens mechanism -- possibly a gear tooth or sensor part. Given there is no practical or cost-effective option to ...
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How do I activate the built-in flash on the Canon Powershot G5 X?

I can't figure out how to activate the flash... Page 91 of your PowerShot G5 X manual explains that you activate the flash by lifting it up. Other cameras have a button or switch that you can use to ...
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Can I get the Canon hacker development kit to work for a camera that has no official CHDK builds?

You can encourage development by providing developers with a firmware dump. The following resources may be helpful. CHDK Wiki: Obtaining a firmware dump. CHDK Wiki: Canon Basic/Scripts/Dumper CHDK ...
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Why is this smartphone picture better than this dedicated camera picture?

Everything xiota said, and a few more thoughts. It's the word "control" that's important here. A camera will allow you to take better pictures than a smartphone, but it will also allow you to make ...
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Does Canon Powershot SX520HS support tethering?

It's difficult to say 100% for sure (absence of evidence is not necessarily evidence of absence, after all), but apparently no, the SX520HS does not support tethering. It doesn't show up in any list ...
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Is this the limit of the camera image quality or is the subject out of focus?

Pretty good picture given the camera. But it is likely that at very close range, the camera lens is soft (a true macro lens is designed to be sharp at very close range (and is not a zoom, which makes ...
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What is the name of the Canon SX60 HS Wireless Protocol?

I've reverse-engineered the CannonConnect app to some extent. The G7X is using Upnp 1.0 to find a device that supports imink, which has no information available online but is a fairly simple but a ...
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Is there an intervalometer which will work with a Canon PowerShot SX60?

The Canon Powershot SX60 has a 2.5mm cable release port, like any Canon dRebel does. Any cable intervalometer that works with a Canon dRebel should also work with the SX60.
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Preventing (Powershot) lens error

As stated by others, don't drop your camera (@MichaelClark). Although you may not recall dropping it, it may have sustained impacts while protected from obvious external damage, such as from within a ...
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How do I get sharp focus of insects and animals with a camera that doesn't have manual focus control?

With thanks to Roflo for finding the relevant page in the CHDK documentation, I'll state here as an answer that you can with an Alpha version of CHDK firmware extensions for SX410, do manual focus on ...
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How do I get sharp focus of insects and animals with a camera that doesn't have manual focus control?

As far as I know, there is no "hacked" or modified firmware available for your camera. The most popular firmware, Magic Lantern, is not supported for your camera. Therefore, your only options are to ...
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What causes the rainbow colours on part of my LCD screen?

In your comment you mention that the colors appears everytime where there is too much light. The manual on page 86 mentions an ...
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How can I set bulb shutter setting on a Canon Powershot SX70

It does not appear from the manual that the Canon Powershot SX70 HS has bulb-mode capability.
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How can I set bulb shutter setting on a Canon Powershot SX70

You can't. Many small sensored cameras, such as the PowerShot SX70, limit maximum exposure times to prevent poor sensor performance due to heat buildup in the sensor. Even cameras with marginally ...
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Can I simultaneously Charge and use Canon PowerShot SX740 HS

No possible way to USB charge the battery while using the camera.. BUT... I just bought a brand NOS ACK-DC110 AC adapter to use with my Canon SX740HS and it worked great ! Just connected the 'dummy' ...
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UV and haze lens for Canon Powershot SX50 HS

The threads on the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS are non-standard and designed to only take the Canon Filter Adapter FA-DC67A, which attaches to the threads on the SX50 HS and then provides standard 67mm ...
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Canon PowerShot A810 lens error

I'm afraid the answer here is the same as it is for any other fault on a 10 year old compact camera: it's not economically viable to fix. If you particularly like the A810, you can pick another one up ...
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How do I fix "lens error" on my Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS?

If the camera is telling you that you have a lens error, then you probably have a lens error. I guess just changing batteries is not enough. Did you check the manual? It says: Lens Error This error ...
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Why is this smartphone picture better than this dedicated camera picture?

The Canon is shooting with an aperture a stop or so smaller than you used for the smartphone, and I believe that you held your phone far steadier than you held the camera, which would lead to more ...
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Why does the Canon SX60 HS restrict ISO to 100 with exposure times longer than 1.3 seconds?

I think primary reason is that at high ISO and high exposure, noise makes images nearly unusable. Here is review of Canon's high ISO performance at long exposure. One of images is this: As you can ...
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