Digital Zoom vs. Optical Zoom – Free Quick Guide

Digital zoom is a feature common on smartphones and digital point and shoot cameras, as well as most digital hybrid camera models.

It allows a photographer to get closer to their subject using pixels, algorithms, and image enhancement technology versus using glass optics.

In the early days, the digital zoom was something to steer away from.

However, it has vastly improved in recent years, and there is a place for it in your photography toolbox.

Photzy Author Tobie Schalkwyk lays out the pros and cons for you in this guide.

Here is what you will learn:

  • What exactly is digital zoom?
  • How is the digital zoom outcome created?
  • What are the differences between a digital zoom lens and an optical zoom lens?
  • What are the problems with using a digital zoom?
  • Are there any real benefits to the digital zoom feature on cameras and smartphones?

Sharp pictures are essential to every photographer.

You must understand when the digital zoom feature is a benefit and, most notably, when it isn’t!

Photo Credit: Tobie Schalkwyk

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