Digital cameras forum: Is 16x optical zoom much better than 10x?

by: minniepauz March 17, 2012 11:43 AM PDT

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Is 16x optical zoom much better than 10x?

by minniepauz - 3/17/12 11:43 AM

I currently have a Cyber Shot with a 10x optical zoom and although I LOVE this camera, I need more zoom. I wish I could afford the Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX100V which has 30x zoom but the price ($400) is a bit too much, plus the camera is larger than I want for my purposes (nature walks, birdwatching and family photos).

I'm looking at the Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX9V which has 16x optical for $300, but I'm wondering how much difference I'll get compared to my current 10x. There should be some place online that shows pictures with various zooms, but I can't seem to find them.

The HX9V is the same size as the one I have now and is perfect for slipping into my pocket or carry in my hand, but I don't want to spend $300 if the 16x isn't going to give me much more than what I have.....and THEN for $100 more I could have the 30x.

What to do what to do!! happy Any advice would be appreciated!

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