Digital Photography Tip Number 25....Buy A Camera With Optical Zoom
Tip #25) Buy A Camera With Optical Zoom.... Optical zoom is the only way to go. Digital zoom is not very good, if you care about image quality. Most of the really cheap cameras that have such an unbelievably low price, have only a digital zoom.
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Digital zoom just uses software to digitally zoom into your subject, just like when you are viewing your photos on your LCD screen and you zoom into something. It produces decent photos for small size prints(3x5), but there is too much pixelation for larger prints like 5x7 or 8x10.
It doesn't cost much more to buy a camera with optical zoom, preferably one with more than 3x zoom, like 5x to 10x or higher, so you can zoom in much closer to subjects.