How does digital zoom differ from optical zoom?

Answer Most people who have used a 35mm camera or an APS camera are aware of only optical zoom. Optical zoom uses the optics (lens) of the camera to bring the subject closer. Digital zoom is an invention ... Read More »

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What's the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom on a digital camera. Which do I most likely want?

Optical zoom is good and digital zoom sucks. Optical zoom is "real" zoom done with the camera lens. Digital zoom is really just a way to enlarge pixels and degrade the image. Ignore it completel... Read More »

What's the diffrence between OPTICAL ZOOM and DIGITAL ZOOM in a digital camera?

Optical zoom is by physically moving the lenses to change the focal length. This is like a telescope or binoculars. Digital zoom is to digitally take the image and "zoom" by interpolating the pixel... Read More »

What is the difference between Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom for a digital camera?

A optical zoom use the lenses to focus in on a subject, pretty much the same way binoculars work. Digital zoom magnifies the subject by enlarging in in the pic thru a digital process, this is not a... Read More »