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chain_gang_member Jun 11, 2006 3:28 AM

hey can sum 1 tell me if i there is any difference in cameras having their zoom internal or coming out?

like -sony t 9 zoom internal and sony ws50 zoom out...

which is better

E.T Jun 11, 2006 5:52 AM

As for reliability internal lens could be more reliable because extruding lens structure is more complex. (most reliable would be manually operated zoom)

I think internal zoom is more rough handling resistant because of less complex structure and it doesn't extrude.
On the other hand lens of internal zooms is in such place that it might get fingerprints easily while handling camera, also you have to remember to keep fingers out of way when taking photos.

chain_gang_member Jun 11, 2006 7:01 AM

so u say that internal zooms are better ...ok:cool:

E.T Jun 11, 2006 8:03 AM

Not really, limited space causes quite a lot limitations to lens design.
Which one is better just depends on use/requirements. For example internal zoom mechanism is quite mandatory for those cameras which are water proof.
In normal use extruding lens designs works well (huge amount of cameras use this design) but if camera would be in pocket always for example in rougher work hits to lens cover wouldn't do good for lens extending system... but I think there's also cameras whose lens completely retracts inside body and then separate cover in front side of body is slided over lens which is propably equally durable against bumps.

Also between those two cameras t9 is definitely going to have extremely bad red eye problem when using flash because it's just too close to lens... and lens seems to perfectly placed for "photographing fingerprints" when you prepare to shoot.

chain_gang_member Jun 13, 2006 3:28 PM

thanks for ur time Et..

so which one should i buy??

my purpose is indoor ,disco pics and party pics and some outdoors..

i only get kodak,sony and nikon here...

chain_gang_member Jun 17, 2006 3:31 AM


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