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Old Tuesday 19th May 2015, 19:27   #1
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Digital Zoom

About 5 years there was a thread on here that concluded that digital zoom was a waste of time and gave nothing that could not be done as well, if not better, by post processing with eg Photoshop.
Has anything changed over the past 5 years or is this still the case?
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Old Saturday 23rd May 2015, 14:50   #2
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With digital zoom, the camera enlarges the image area at the center of the frame and trims away the outside edges of the picture. The result is the same as when you open an image in your photo-editing program, crop away the edges of the picture, and then enlarge the remaining portion of the photo

So, still a waste of time IMO. Forget DZ and just enlarge ( and lose IQ ) in PP

Better still, just buy a camera with a longer optical zoom
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Old Saturday 23rd May 2015, 22:11   #3
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Not quite the whole picture, depends on what camera you're talking about. The Canon SX50 has a digital TC (1.5x or 2.0x) that's much better than the digital zoom that's also available on this model. People don't know what special sauce Canon are using, but it works and is worth checking out
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I agree with marcobf... in non-scientific comparison, the tele-extender 1.5 results in as good or better resolution as 1200m optical. Also easier to use monopod or lite weight tripod wihout shake.
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