If you need to get closer to your subject and you don't plan to make a large print or enlarge and crop, Panasonic's Intelligent Zoom feature is worth using. It's a digital zoom that doubles the range to 48x. The top photo is the full photo at 620x465 pixels. The middle is a crop from the center at 33 percent of its full size, while the bottom is a crop at 100 percent. View it larger to get a better idea of the differences.