Optical Digital Camera Zoom: Sample pics to help buyers

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Before you buy your digital camera, you will want to know what the zoom capabilities are of the camera you are about to purchase when using it.  To give you an idea I have taken the following pictures and made it easier for you to understand.  The first thing you need to know is that Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom are very different.  Optical zoom is magnifying an image through an actual lense, which produces a crisp clear image.  Digital zoom is simply making the pixels larger through the digital option and will reduce the quality of the image. 

Sample Outdoor Zoom photos

Outdoor zoom is a little different from indoors, in that you may not realize just how little difference to a panoramic view there is when you get to higher telephoto lengths such as 6x optical and beyond.

These pictures are taken of a city, from about 15 miles away, to show you how close up you can get with a zoom optical lens, and gives you an understanding so when you purchase your camera you can ensure you are purchasing the one you want..

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 This picture is Normal without any zoom

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 This picture is taken with 7x Optical Zoom

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 This picture is taken with 12x Optical Zoom

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 This picture is taken with 12x Optical Zoom & 4x Digital Zoom

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So as you can see, 6x or 7x Optical Zoom is a fantastic option for your camera outdoors, and obviously 12x optical zoom can be even more impressive.  Just remember, to get still shots in high optical zoom though, you will need to use a tripod, otherwise it may blur.  If you are unable to use a tripod, try to ensure the camera comes with Image Stabilization to stop the shaking, especially at such telephoto lengths as 6x and 12x optical zoom.

 

Sample Indoor Zoom photos

These pictures are taken of my xmas Santa stocking from 6 feet away, to show you how close up you can get with a zoom optical lens indoors, and how much of a difference it can make.

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  This picture is Normal without any zoom

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  This picture is taken with 6x Optical Zoom

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 This picture is taken with 12x Optical Zoom

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 This picture is taken with 12x Optical Zoom & 4x Digital Zoom

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For indoors, 6x Optical Zoom is a fantastic option for your camera, and obviously higher shows greater potential, but often you are paying for something you may not need, but regardless of that, you now have the samples for yourself, so you can see what would help you best. 

Just remember as you combine digital zoom with optical zoom, it reduces the quality of the image, because digital zoom only enhances the pixels digitally (doubles them in other words), instead of magnifying the image through a lense.

I hope this review helps.

 
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