Optical zoom at 100 percent
While the zoom is nice to have, don't buy the ZS20 thinking you'll be able to enlarge prints at full zoom and get great-looking photos. This is a 100 percent crop of the inset photo, taken with the lens fully extended to 480mm at ISO 100. It's noisy and looks more like a painting than a photo. Look at it in a larger size and you can better see what I'm talking about.
On the other hand, that's the observation deck of the Empire State Building taken from nearly 10 city blocks away, and at smaller sizes the photos look just fine. Again, it all comes back to how you plan to use the photos from this camera.
March 8, 2012 9:50 AM PST
Photo by: Joshua Goldman/CNET
| Caption by: Joshua Goldman
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