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Old Oct 26, 2004, 7:15 AM   #1
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hi guys,



i want to ask about themaximum optical zoom can a digital camera has without attaching any external lenses.

for example Canon PowerShot Pro1 has 7X, so does Sony F828.



can you tell me if you know.



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Old Oct 26, 2004, 12:37 PM   #2
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Amazon.com has 43 digital cameras with 10x optical zoom (or at least 43 hits on a search). Go to the camera section and then search on "10x optical". You can then sort on "bestselling", most of those have high ratings, 4 or 5 stars.
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Old Oct 26, 2004, 1:21 PM   #3
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Some of the Panasonic DMC-FZ series are 12x zoom, but be aware that the X-factor doesn't tell you much...it only tells you the difference between the widest and the closest positions of the lens.

A 35-105mm and a 100-300mm are both 3x zooms, but they are totally different ranges and types of lenses.

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First off remember that the x number is a range not a magnification. Cameras start at different points.

The Pansonic FZ10 and Minolta Z3 are 12x and stabilized. The new Nikon 8800 is 10x stabilized and 8 MP.

Be sure to check out here also http://www.steves-digicams.com/best_cameras.htmlunder superzooms.

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Old Oct 27, 2004, 7:21 AM   #5
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thanx guys.

i think i have to checkout some sites to learn more about the zoom thing.

sorry, i'm just a beginner in photography.:G



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Old Oct 28, 2004, 12:19 PM   #6
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Also don't forget that the higher the zoom, the harder it is to take pics (purple fringing problems, blurriness from shake, etc)...
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Old Oct 28, 2004, 2:17 PM   #7
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There are other factors as well. The first is image stabilization, not all cameras have it and it helps especially where ever the lighting is not perfect. Digital zooms are not highly regarded but the Sony W-1 has a system called "smart zoom" which functions at lower resolutions. It is far from perfect but will produce a snap shot of a small animal etc. I think you might find the same feature on some other cameras.
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