Question about Olympus Camedia C-3040 Zoom Digital Camera
I like the size of the 3040 MUCH more than the 2100UZ but the zoom in the 2100 is appealing. This wil be my first Digital Camera so I dont know much AT ALL! I guess my real question is if I take hi-res pictures with the 3040 how much can I manipulate the image on my PC to zoom in while still maintaining quality? Also on the zoom what does the optical zoom vs digital zoom mean?
Posted by Anonymous on
Digital zoom in the camera means nothing. You can't create detail that isn't there. Enlarging and sharpening on the PC can produce much better results than in-camera digital zoom - no more real detail, but a better illusion of detail by enhancing edges. You can print up to about 8x10 with the 2100 or 11x14 with the 3040, but a zoomed in 2100 8x10 will probably be a more spectacular picture than the 3040's 11x14, unless you can get equivalently close to your subject. Also, the more precise viewfinder of the 2100 can make up for the difference in resolution. With the 3040, you are more likely to need to crop to print your desired view (unless you can use the LCD), since you can't see exactly what you are going to get when using the optical viewfinder and will tend to get more periphery than you want.
Posted on Sep 07, 2005
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