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    Why does the 5x zoom actually make the pictures smaller??

    first picture is the 1x (i had to downsize from 1200)
    second is max zoom (5x 240x192)

    ---you can ignore the quality since they are shot in low light, but it's the size that i am questioning---

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    Re: camera zoom question

    hey plucks, basically the answer is it's a digital zoom, not an optical zoom.

    when you "zoom" in, it is basically cropping the image and then blowing up the pixels that are left on your screen. digital zoom is a pretty useless tool. if you want it to have the same actual dimensions (1200x____), you could go into a photo editor and change it to 1200, but it'd just become distorted.

    did that make any sense? i'm not the best at explaining. =0/

    ask a follow up question from my explination if you have one and I might do better, lol.

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    Re: camera zoom question

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    Yep that's it. Nasty digital zoom.

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    Re: camera zoom question

    thanks for the info....
    good thing i dont really ever use the camera b/c it sure sucks!!

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    Re: camera zoom question

    I actually deactivate it on all my camera and camcorder devices. Even if you're using a tripod shooting a landscape, it still is not good.

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