Digital Photography

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Zoom - Optical???? - Digital ????

Optical Zoom - moves you closer - you get more detail - think of 3x as 3 feet closer - 10x as 10 feet closer. Does 3 feet or 10 feet make a difference - sometimes 3' closer is too close - sometimes 10' closer won't be a drop in the bucket. If you are sitting on the couch and are trying to catch your cat or kid doing something cute across the room, 10 feet closer is great.

Digital zoom - forget you have it unless you know and want what it will do for you. It is what you get when you have your picture in the computer and use the litttle zoom thingy to enlarge the picture. You may see things you hadn't seen when it was littler but no detail has been added. Digital zoom crops in camera. Most of us would prefer to leave the space and crop in postprocess.

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