GardenSnob's new camera - Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
We bought a great new camera to take all kinds of flowery photos! We had the little PowerShot and were happy with it for the most part but wanted the optical zoom to really focus on bugs and other tiny garden inhabitants. So far, so good and we still have the awesome 2.5" viewing screen. It's also easier to hold than the little PowerShot because of the grippy thing on the right. But don't just take our word for it. We could be pulling the potatoes over your eyes. Go ask my sister - she's the pro . . . www.picturesnob.com.
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Posted by Mary Ellen at August 3, 2008 6:10 AM
Perhaps you aren't aware that digital zoom and optical zoom are two different features. Cameras these days are capable of both. Optical zoom is done by moving the lenses, as in an "old-fashioned" zoom lens. Digital zoom is merely expanding the image. It is the same essentially as cropping and enlarging the image. This is great for enlarging a bit, but you lose quality since the camera's image sensor really has only a limited resolution available. Optical zoom typically results in better quality since the zooming is done in the lens, and the image recorded is the highest possible using the entire square area of the image sensor without cropping.