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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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I would like to get a new Digi with a great zoom features what is the most zoom you can get like around 300.00? What is the difference between digital zoom and optical zoom? I do play a little but do most shoting in auto mode not manual. I have an Olympus Stylus 720 SW here it is 7.1 mp with 3 zoom what can I get better???? All help welcome and any info you need let me know??
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does any one have any help on this???
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Optical zoom is just that, its using the optics to zoom the image. The lens is doing the work, and the image will show that. A digital zoom is the processor in the camera basically zooming the picture in. Sorta like if you were zooming in on an image on ur pc. Usually the quality suffers a lot.
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Optical zoom is just that, its using the optics to zoom the image. The lens is doing the work, and the image will show that. A digital zoom is the processor in the camera basically zooming the picture in. Sorta like if you were zooming in on an image on ur pc. Usually the quality suffers a lot.
SO then a higher optical zoom is better then a higher digital zoom?
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Yes absolutely. imagine taking a small image on a computer and zooming in on it a couple times, it will look like crap when you are done, same idea. You will notice that no dSLR has the ability to digi-zoom, only the smaller point and shoots. Its just done digitally in the cameras operating system.

Usually when you are pushing the tele button on the camera (zoom in button) it will stop zooming when you reach the end of the optics ability, then you have to push it again to start the digi-zoom.
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Yes absolutely. imagine taking a small image on a computer and zooming in on it a couple times, it will look like crap when you are done, same idea. You will notice that no dSLR has the ability to digi-zoom, only the smaller point and shoots. Its just done digitally in the cameras operating system.

Usually when you are pushing the tele button on the camera (zoom in button) it will stop zooming when you reach the end of the optics ability, then you have to push it again to start the digi-zoom.

THANKS since you seem to be the only one helping me which is surprising here since every one normally has there two cents to put in even if they know nothing on the topic at hand.

Do you have any suggestions for my price range I am looking at? I saw some Nikon's in the 370 range with 20 optic zoom. Those looked more like the old 35mm cameras you know the full body ones??? Any help would be great!~
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I wouldn't worry about going crazy with the zoom, 3x to 5x is fine, if you need to get closer your picture will turn out better if you move closer.

I don't really follow the compact camera stuff, but the new Canon S90 looks like a sweet little camera.
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I wouldn't worry about going crazy with the zoom, 3x to 5x is fine, if you need to get closer your picture will turn out better if you move closer.

I don't really follow the compact camera stuff, but the new Canon S90 looks like a sweet little camera.
I was at my sons Christmas sing along and was not able to get any closer so I needed a better zoom
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You should check out www.dpreview.com They list the prices and features of just about any digital camera out there worth listing. To be honest if you need to zoom a lot with a point and shoot, you may want to check out an entry level dSLR like a D40 and just save ur money for the lenses that do what you want. You can find them used on CL and such, however they are slightly more than ur $300 mark.

Keep in mind that just because you can zoom to a certain level doesn't mean that a picture is going to look good there. Most P&S flashes are not really going to do much good zoomed all the way in. So if u are at a school play or something where its dark, you might still be disappointed.

I can't really recommend a good P&S since i haven't used one in probably 3 or 4 years, however at the time my Fuji S5000 was awesome!
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You should check out www.dpreview.com They list the prices and features of just about any digital camera out there worth listing. To be honest if you need to zoom a lot with a point and shoot, you may want to check out an entry level dSLR like a D40 and just save ur money for the lenses that do what you want. You can find them used on CL and such, however they are slightly more than ur $300 mark.

Keep in mind that just because you can zoom to a certain level doesn't mean that a picture is going to look good there. Most P&S flashes are not really going to do much good zoomed all the way in. So if u are at a school play or something where its dark, you might still be disappointed.

I can't really recommend a good P&S since i haven't used one in probably 3 or 4 years, however at the time my Fuji S5000 was awesome!

Thanks for the help at lest I have a starting point to look around!
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