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Old Jun 22, 2002, 3:19 PM   #1
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BEWARE: Silly newbie question

My c2100UZ shows the zoom as a vertical bar to the left of the screen.

If I set digital zoom an extra bit of bar appears.

I only want to use digi on rare occasions. Can I keep it set to on but only zoom to the normal zoom bar .. Well of course I can. But should the pictures be the same quality as if no digital zoom was showing..

Or more simply.. does the poor digital zoom quality only kick in if i go over into that bar or does it kick in all the way from the bottom because i selected gigi zoom

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Old Jun 24, 2002, 2:52 PM   #2
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Pg 92 of the C-2100uz manual states in step #4 that
the white area of the bar indicates optical
zoom & the red area indicates digital zoom
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Old Jun 24, 2002, 2:59 PM   #3
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Yes I can see where one ends and the other started. I wanted to confirm that the quality is stilll normal optical zoom up to that point or has the digital kicked in at all on the way.

I now believe I can have digtal set but only use up to optical with no loss of quality. I hope thats right anyway )

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Old Jun 25, 2002, 4:42 PM   #4
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Digital Zoom (DZ) is employed only when the
zoom indicator is in the red. However, once
past about 8x optical zoom, even with IS on,
photos will tend to blur plus chromatic
abberation (CA) tends to become more apparent.

The blur is caused predominantly by motion.
Either use a tripod and/or increase the shutter
speed (eg, set camera to sport mode).

Mitigate CA by decreasing EV (ie, -0.3 or -0.7)
especially when shooting in intense light levels.

Advice is to always stay in the optical zone
& preferably <=8x zoom. Photographing while
zoomed beyond 10X (ie, in the DZ region) will
aggrevate blur & CA, but DZ has its place.
For example, use full 27x zoom with the EVF
as a telescope.(For surveillance purposes you
may want to get the make & license number of
a vehicle 100 yards away using full (27x) zoom,
but don't expect to get photo quality that you
would be proud of posting as PIX of the day. The miracle accomplished was that you obtained a legible photograph of an auto's license at 100 yards!)

If you must DZ, then a better effect will
probably be achieved thru post process in
Photoshop.
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Old Jul 18, 2002, 1:52 PM   #5
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If your picture is over 380mm, then you are using the digital zoom. You can check this by looking at the Properties of a single JPEG image file.

My experience is that with the digital zoom enabled, sometimes you are over 380 when on the line, and sometimes not. Unless you NEED the digital zoom, I'd recommend turning it off; in that way, any picture you take is just as sharp and clear as the lens can provide. If you really want to leave it on, I'd make sure the indicator is below, and not touching the white/red interface.
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Old Jul 18, 2002, 1:58 PM   #6
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Now I investigated and understand more what digital zoom is I have turned it off as I can do a better job in paint shop

I got myself a B300 instead

Fanx for the hints,tips and explanations.. all helps me to understand of couse
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