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1. Posted by Lolo_lol (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y


I need to buy a new digital camera because mine was stolen and I was Wondering what kind of zoom was better: a 4x optical zoom or a 3x optical zoom?

Thanx for answering my question, even though it might sound stupid ;)

2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

It depends what you need it for, but I'd recommend 4x optical zoom.
The important thing is 'optical' and not digital. Optical zooms are always better and give you a much better quality.
Digital zooms can lead to the picture getting 'pixellated', ie. you'll see little squares going through your image when you enlarge it.

3. Posted by Lolo_lol (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Thx a lot, that's what I used to have on my Canon and I made really good pictures.

Is there a camera with 4x zoom, 4.0 megapixels or more and video that someone would recommend?

4. Posted by HeedTaken (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

I think it is important to strike a balance between megapixles and optical zoom. You're better off with high MP and a 3x zoom than with a 4MP/4x zoom package, in my opinion. I currently am using the SD550 (Canon) and am delighted by the quality of image rendered by its 7 MPs. The zoom is only 3x, but the macro function is really good (good for close ups). I would recommend considering As many MPs as you can afford and not going below 3x optical zoom. Plus, with more MPs, you can use SOME (not a lot) of digital zoom because the image you are distorting will be better to begin with. A high MP camera will also allow you a lot more freedom with good quality cropping, size adjustment, and printing size options after the fact. Like I said, I've been really pleased with the camera I use, have not felt too inhibited by the 3x zoom, and have shot some pictures that have surprised me with their quality. There are lots of good brand options to consider though...just dont sacrifice MPs for a zoom that won't really amplify your shooting options that much.

5. Posted by HeedTaken (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

It has a fairly good video function as well...I just don't use it a whole lot.