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Old 14-03-2007, 21:17   #1 (permalink)
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Which method would give me the best quality photo if my optical zoom was not long enough?

1) Zoom in at maximum optical zoom and then crop the resulting picture?

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2) Use the in camera digital zoom?

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3) Doesn't it make any difference?

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Crop and interpolate (resize) the image using decent software.
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Re: Digital Zoom

Mick, you will lose quality whatever you choose. Personally, I would avoid the camera digital zoom and make the selection using my imaging software as this would give me more control.
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Re: Digital Zoom

Yeah.. what they said. I've used a few different cameras that have digital zoom. None have ever been all that clean when on a tripod. They're less impressive when hand held. Chances are, you'll be better without the digital zoom.

Of course, there's always the other way about it. Throw your camera on a tripod.. do a digital zoom shot on whatever you choose as a test subject, and then as close of a lens zoom as you can. Compare results..make your decision from there.
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General advice is anything to digitally alter a shot, do it on the PC instead of within the camera
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