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Best digital zoom

I have an HC V-180 panasonic Camcorder. It has a 52X optical and 90x intelligent zoom. It can maintain a relatively clear image at 133X in digital zoom. My question is, since 52X is the maximum optical zoom for HD camcorders, would I get a better image at 133x from a 4K camcorder with 25X optical zoom at 133X simply because the zoom is starting at 4K as opposed to HD and the camera will most likely have a larger sensor?

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You have the basic idea right.

But no film maker or camera buff will tell you digital zoom is to be relied on. If you need that much zoom shop for cameras that allow adding better lenses. Another side effect of high zoom rates is putting the camera on a solid tripod.

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So, Basically, if I compare my Panasonic HC V-180 with 52X optical zoom and 90X IZ to a Panasonic HC-VX1 (4K) with 25X optical zoom and 48 digital (HD), the VX1 should produce a better quality image at 130X than the HC-V180 based on the facts that it is 4K and has a larger sensor?

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See below.

Given good lighting, same to similar results. To test which is better, more tests would be done but my best is horse racing results.

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Thanks for your help.

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I suggest maybe not. If you compare the HC-VX1 (4K) to the HC-V800 (HD) you will see that the "Intelligent Zoom" in the VX1 in 4K mode is less than the IZ in the HD camera. The comparison is valid as the VX1 is identical to the V800 (same sensor, same lens and same optical zoom range) but with added 4K.
I have the V800 and find that the picture quality does not deteriorate within the Intelligent Zoom range.

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