1. AC Question's Avatar
    when i zoom in the picture doesn't look clean its all blurry other wise awesome pictures is there a setting i missed
    05-17-2017 09:38 PM
  2. jeffmd's Avatar
    Nope, it is not an optical zoom. It simply scales the picture up and crops the edges. This is how it works on all phones for zoom.
    05-18-2017 10:49 AM
  3. theelite1x87's Avatar
    I second post above. Only reason iPhone doesn't do this is because they have a second dedicated telephoto camera. But for virtually every other camera phone out there, the zoom is not a true zoom. Just digital cropping and enlarging. It sucks, and completely degrades quality. And you don't see any extra detail. Avoid the feature at all costs in my opinion
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    05-18-2017 11:17 AM
  4. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    Also check camera lens to make sure it's clean.
    05-18-2017 02:02 PM
  5. dpham00's Avatar
    Nope, it is not an optical zoom. It simply scales the picture up and crops the edges. This is how it works on all phones for zoom.
    For the most part yes, but there are some exceptions. The iPhone 7 plus has a telephoto lens. The s4 zoom had 10x optical zoom as did the k zoom. Zenphonev zoom had 3x optical.
    05-18-2017 03:31 PM
  6. jeffmd's Avatar
    Wow really, I'll have to check them out. I figured the package size was just to small for phones to do any kind of zoom lens. Did it lead to more failures?
    05-18-2017 04:56 PM
  7. dpham00's Avatar
    Wow really, I'll have to check them out. I figured the package size was just to small for phones to do any kind of zoom lens. Did it lead to more failures?
    The issue is that picture quality isn't great on them and also i think they all had a significant bulge on the back.

    The iPhone solution is great because it keeps with the slim profile of the phone. But it also is only mainly usable for zoom in ideal lighting conditions. In less than ideal situations, the digital zoom would most likely look better.

    I don't know how reliable they were, none were that popular other than the iPhone.
    05-18-2017 05:46 PM
  8. theelite1x87's Avatar
    Digital zoom shouldn't even be called zoom. If you want to crop and enlarge you'll get better results doing it yourself in Photoshop on PC
    05-18-2017 05:51 PM
  9. arunma's Avatar
    Digital zoom shouldn't even be called zoom. If you want to crop and enlarge you'll get better results doing it yourself in Photoshop on PC
    Heck, even the stock photo editor wouldn't be so bad! Totally agreed that digital zoom is a pretty worthless feature.
    05-18-2017 07:19 PM
  10. strikeIII's Avatar
    If you want an occasional zoom purchase a telephoto attachment lens. There are plenty on Amazon for cheap.
    05-18-2017 08:45 PM
  11. L0n3N1nja's Avatar
    For photos digital zoom just crops the image, you can do that after taking the photo yourself easily.

    For video it has some usefulness as the videos don't record at the cameras maximum resolution, but it still can't compare to a telephoto lens.
    05-18-2017 09:17 PM
  12. theelite1x87's Avatar
    For photos digital zoom just crops the image, you can do that after taking the photo yourself easily.

    For video it has some usefulness as the videos don't record at the cameras maximum resolution, but it still can't compare to a telephoto lens.
    Agreed. It's also easier to zoom while taking it versus playing around in a timeline video editor later (something most people don't have and don't know how to do). But I'd still use it sparingly
    05-19-2017 12:42 PM

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