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Kodak zi8 zoom and focus problem

by Sccoon / September 28, 2010 6:34 AM PDT

I recently bought a Kodak zi8 camera. For some reason when I zoom the picture becomes soft (out of focus).

Video is great on wide angle outdoors, but even in bright sunshine the picture becomes soft when I zoom in.

What's the solution.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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We can't see what you see, but
by boya84 / September 28, 2010 11:22 PM PDT

the Kodak Z18 has no optical zoom. Only 4x digital zoom. Digital zoom just magnifies the pixels. "Softness" is expected when zoom is used. The only "solution" is to get closer to the subject and not use the zoom.

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We can't see what you see, but
by Sccoon / September 29, 2010 12:11 AM PDT

Thank you very much for your answer to my question about the Kodak zi8 zoom and focus.

I thought the solution might be to move closer to the subject rather than use the zoom. Glad you confirmed it.

Sincerely,
Steve

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Minor correction, just to be accurate...
by boya84 / September 29, 2010 2:51 AM PDT

""Softness" is expected when zoom is used."
should read
"Softness" is expected when digital zoom is used.

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