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H1 SmartZoom capabilities

I'm intriqued by the range of zoom provided by "in camera" cropping with regards to the Sony H1. Many of the images I've seen at full resolution look absolutely stellar. With other cameras I've used, the digital zoom is absolutely unusable but in the case of the H1, I don't believe this to be the case. I searched the threads to find examples of smartzoom capabilities and have been pleasantly surprised by what I've seen. From what I understand, when set to 640x480 resolution you can get anywhere from a 1x - 48x zoom. And with the addition of the Sony 1.7x TC, the equivalent of a whopping 81.6x zoom. I haven't seen any examples of the 48x max smartzoom coupled with the 1.7x teleconverter. Has anyone tried this combination (Tripod mounted) to see what kind of moon closeups could be achieved? Or just regular daylight shots of whatever? I wouldn't expect anyone to even attempt it without a tripod, as any blur could probably be attributed to movement. I don't think the I.S. could keep up with that much effective magnification. I'm really interested to know what kind of sharpness, detail etc. can be captured with this extreme zoom combination. I realize you're giving up pixels, but just about all posted examples are downsized anyway. What I'd really like to see are shots at 1x, 12x, 24x, 48x & 48x with 1.7x TC. Tripod mounted would be best. Could anyone with a Sony H1, VCL-dh171758 & tripod post some examples? thanks, Randy

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Tried the smartzoom myself for the first time today .. I'm pleasantly suprised .. no teleconverter yet .. :-)

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After I have taken a photo I zoom in on the photo how do I save the zoomed in image

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What is the difference in the optical and digital zoom?


Find the difference below

Digital Zoom

1. Digital zoom is a part of digital cameras, and camcorders, which helps to crop the entire image, and then digitally enlarge the size of the viewfinder of the portion that is needed to zoom in on
2. Digital zoom crops the image down to a centred area with the same ratio as the original, and also interpolating the result back up to the pixel dimensions of the original. this method involves cropping, hence the resolution and quality is reduced
3. Digital zoom, crops a portion of the image and then enlarges it back to size. And due to this, image quality is reduced in comparison with the original one.
4. Using the digital zoom allows the user to get closer to the subject when the photographer wants to be discreet about taking pictures, like taking a picture of a person in a graduation ceremony.

Optical Zoom

1. While taking a picture using a Camera to want to get a close shot of the subject without moving physically closer, photographers use the optical zoom.
2. The optical zoom ratio of a digital camera measures how much the lens can actually zoom in to make subjects appear closer. Optical zoom, enlarges a picture while keeping the resolution and sharpness of the picture high.

3. There is no relation between optical zoom and the resolution of the photo, as optical zoom only enlarges the whole image or the subject to a certain range. So image quality only depends upon the mega pixel (MP) of the camera

4. Optical zoom is very useful, while taking a picture of a landscape, or to get a closer view of a subject, without reducing the quality of the entire image, like taking a picture of a Rainbow in the sky.

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Once u zoom into the picture that is very far away how do u keep the picture zoomed in after u snap the shot ...

Once you've framed your shot (zoomed in) and taken the picture. That's it, the picture you've taken is the one in your view finder, and that's the way its kept.

However, if you want to zoom in further, you can using the software you were provided with your camera, you can, you can also zoom in using your camera menu. Once happy you can then save the edited picture. But this time its a digital zoom and it will reduce the resolution. The picture won't look quite as fine. It will be a balance between picture quality and the extent you want to zoom in.

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If they have the Minolta autofocus mount then they will physically fit onto any of the current range of Sony Alpha SLR's and also the discontinued Konica Minolta digital SLR's, but there will be some issues:-
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  • Earlier Minolta AF lenses relied on the camera body providing the autofocus motor. Later Konica-Minolta and Sony models lack this motor so the lens can only be used in manual focus mode.
  • If you have a later SSM (SuperSonic Motor) equipped lens and want to use it on an Minolta Alpha/Maxxum/Dynax 9 (different model names in different countries), the camera needs a complete additional circuit board which is no longer available.
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In short, Minolta MD lenses (manual focus) can't practically be used on any modern digital cameras, and Minolta Alpha (autofocus) lenses will physically fit onto a Sony Alpha digital SLR, but will act as if magnified and may not autofocus or work at all on a Sony SLR. But there's no harm in trying.

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Hey needacamera,
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It is not likely an out of warrant camera could be a viable repair option

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