How much optical zoom do I REALLY need?
I'm looking to purchase a new camera and want to be able to take action/sports shots of my kids (HS Soccer), indoor shots around our home, outdoors, vacations, etc...
I love the smaller cameras, but think I may need more zoom than they offer. I'm pretty sold on Canons since that's what I've had in the past...
1. Would I be happy with a 4x optical zoom with 6 megapixels? Thinking I could crop my pictures & still have great shots....????? (Canon SD700is)
2. Would a 6x optical zoom (about 6 megapix) do a better job? (Canon A700)
3. OR do I need to go up to a 12x optical zoom (6.2 megapix)? (Canon S3 IS)
Any opinions or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks so much!
Couldn't distinguish 10x (380) from 12x (430)
I chose a Fuji s5200 over the Canon S2/S3, wanting Fuji's low-light performance. (Not up to the F10, but with some of the Fuji advantage.) But I didn't want to lose the greater zoom. (Canon sells 12x with a 430mm equiv; Fuji is 10x with a 380mm equiv.) So I did some comparing in the store, expecting to see a difference and hoping it wouldn't bother me. But I couldn't see *any* difference. I really tried-- I chose a representative area pretty far away and looked carefully at what was at the edges. They seemed the same for the two cameras. There had to be some difference but since I couldn't see it I decided not to worry about it.