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Old Apr 10, 2010, 8:37 PM   #1
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Default Ultrazoom or big megapixel camera?

Dear Forum,

I was looking at superzoom cameras for awhile and then noticed something about a normal digital camera with a large megapixel count. What do you think of buying a normal digital camera with a large megapixel count and using the crop option to enlarge a picture? Thus, creating an "articficial zoom." Can you get similar results compared to usind a superzoom camera?

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Old Apr 10, 2010, 10:17 PM   #2
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No, I am sorry to say, it does not work that way mathematically. Zoom is always better produced in a lens. That is why the new Fuji HS-10 works so well. Its all about the lens.

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Old Apr 12, 2010, 7:31 AM   #3
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For example, let's say you have a 14M pixel camera with a 5x zoom or a 7M pixel camera with a 10x zoom. So it might seem that you just crop 1/4 off each side (1/2 sized, or 2x "zoom" = 5 x 2 = 10x zoom) and you would get the same, right??


For the same 10 x "zoom" the 14m pixel camera would end up with just 3.5M pixel, for the same field of view!!!
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