Good point & shoot for insect shots?

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I want to buy a point & shoot camera for my 18 yr old daughter. She has a portable microscope and studies insects. Any recommendations?

I'm confused as to whether it is the zoom capabilities or the ability to focus at 1 cm. Or both?

Thanks for any advice. I'd like to stay under $500 if possible.
 

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It is the min. focus distance.

My old Canon PowerShot G11 can focus decently close.
Some newer smart phone also can focus pretty close as well. So look for camera specs for min. focus distance. And then search the term "macro" and the model of the camera in flickr and see if you can see some samples.
 
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It is the min. focus distance.

My old Canon PowerShot G11 can focus decently close.
Some newer smart phone also can focus pretty close as well. So look for camera specs for min. focus distance. And then search the term "macro" and the model of the camera in flickr and see if you can see some samples.

Thank you - I appreciate the clarification. I was reading people's feedback on Amazon for various cameras and it became confusing with some referencing the zoom stats when talking about close up pictures of flowers etc. Thanks again.
 

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