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Question: can i set the camera down stand back and have my pic taken?

can i set the camera down and stand back to ahve amy pic taken? if sop how much time do i have to before the pic is taken?
this s610 is easily downloaded to my computer?
ill be taking many outdoor distant pics, shopuld i consider the s610c ? or another model possible, it must be small and durable.