Many webcam ads boast digital zoom numbers to promote their product. What do these different zoom numbers really mean, and how do they relate to the overall picture quality you receive from your camera? You might be surprised to find out that in the digital age, when it comes to zoom, digital is not necessarily better.
Optical Zoom is a far superior method of zoom. When using optical zoom the camera is actually bringing you closer to your subject while maintaining a high quality image. Our camera is equipped with an optical zoom of 22x, which means it gets a clear and close up view of a subject from a greater distance without letting the quality suffer. With our camera you can put it just about anywhere in the room and still get the crystal clear image you desire.
Take a look at some of the popular webcams on the market. Digital Zoom is typically the only zoom method these cameras offer. Instead of bringing you closer to your subject, Digital Zoom crops and enlarges the picture you already see. Using this method the camera has no way of obtaining new information about the image including the depth of field. It basically stretches what you’ve seen and resizes it back down to the size of your display. This results in a great loss in image quality, and increases the further you digitally zoom. Instead of having to sit a foot a way from the camera, we've given you the freedom to move around the room.