It's an even split when it comes to people using digital zoom (poll results)

It's an even split when it comes to people using digital zoom (poll results)
Yesterday we asked if, and how often, you made use of your smartphone camera's digital zoom feature. And a bit surprisingly, the numbers came back indicating a pretty even, 50-50 split. Just under 50% never make use of the feature, while ~9% and ~42% do so all the time/occasionally, respectively. 

There are good reasons for this split, as are there for and against digital zooming. On the positive, digital zooming can be useful to avoid post-shot cropping, and with setting the proper exposure and getting the right perspective directly from the viewfinder. Proper exposure, in particular, can be a pretty important win for digital zoom depending on the scenario. 

On the other hand, digital zooming is nothing more or less than software-assisted magnification of the information captured by the camera, meaning detail is sacrificed in the process—especially if you go wild with it.

Here them numbers:

Do you use your smartphone camera's digital zoom?

Yes, all the time
8.79%
Yes, but rarely
41.7%
No
49.52%

What do you think?

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13 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Just wanted to clarify some thing Super resolution is not upscaling, and definitely not simple cropping or digital zoomimg Super resolution does improve detail levels compared to upscaling/cropping/digital zooming and also can reduce noise But at the cost of time and processinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super-resolution_imaging I wish more OEMs add this feature, like they've all add optional HDR and EIS Its great for zooming, far better than upscaling, cropping or digital zoomimg Like EIS/OIS, optical zooming is still king But Super resolution is better than upscaling and cropping/digital zooming

10. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

What about Clear Image Zoom in Xperia phones?

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, that uses Super resolution too

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

So, 50% of people are twits that don't understand how digital zoom works?

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Some are just too lazy to manually crop the image.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

also some still believe that digital zoom will produce lossless quality just like optical zoom, lol

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

yup, sadly most smartphone users don't know s**t about tech.

3. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Last time I used digital zoom was when I was spying on my crush lol! High school.. Good times

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

physical zoom work best in that case

7. jeevanand88 unregistered

Probably this article is a kind of market survey for some BIG mobile manufacturers!!

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

'even split' with rarely and never.......

11. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

The digital zoom works very well on my Galaxy S6 unless I max it out all the way.

12. Fellwalker

Posts: 515; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Just because I occasionally use it doesn't mean that it is any good! Its just quicker to send to someone than taking a picture, opening another app to crop it, then trying to remember where the damn app saves the resultant edit. And sometimes you really just don't want that wide a view. The phone is only for snaps anyway; anything proper I use my 30x optical zoom compact camera. Even that loses quality because at full zoom its effective aperture causes artifacts unless the light is really bright - not too frequent in the UK.

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