Anybody else using 2x digital zoom on their OMD cameras?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by Jock Elliott, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 13, 2015
    Troy, NY
    Jock Elliott
    As a born-again superzoom enthusiast, I believe the concept of "too much reach" is a logical fallacy. It's like "too much fun"; there ain't no such thing.

    And to those who say "zoom with your feet," I say: Fah! -- Try it when you the Great Blue Heron is in the middle of the rapids or the gorgeous blossom is in the middle of the ceremonial planting.

    Both my OMD EM5 and OMD EM5 II are set up so that I can press a button and instantly engage the 2x digital zoom. This is particularly handy with the 14-150mm F4.0-5.6. Press a button, and -- shazam -- I have 600mm e at my disposal.

    Below are three pairs of pictures taken at full zoom with the 14-150mm F4.0-5.6. The first one is without the digital zoom; the second one, with digital zoom.

    OMD EM5 II 2x zoom 001.JPG
    OMD EM5 II 2x zoom 002.JPG
    OMD EM5 II 2x zoom 004.JPG

    OMD EM5 II 2x zoom 005.JPG

    OMD EM5 II 2x zoom 006.JPG
    OMD EM5 II 2x zoom 007.JPG
    So does that work for you, or am I seriously in need of what the old-timers used to call "a physic"?

    Cheers, Jock
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  2. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 10, 2016
    I've tried it, but I determined that I would rather crop it later to have more control. It's a neat feature as long as your resolution allows it. I think it would be more useful with a larger, higher mp sensor. Cropping to 8mp is limiting.
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  3. danou75

    danou75 Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 13, 2013
    Melbourne, VIC.
    Yeah when I had an Em1 and the 12-40 2.8 I used the digital zoom for a macro effect.
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  4. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    You can honestly get better results shooting in RAW and cropping in post.
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  5. bikerhiker

    bikerhiker Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 24, 2013
    I use the JPEG from the 2x digital zoom as a guide and then crop the original RAW file exactly using a "Super-Resolution" software like Reshade and upsample back from 4MP to 16Mp (using a E-P5). I prefer Reshade in POST because,

    1, It applies Super-Resolution algorithm to give me crisper, clearer images compared to Olympus 2x digital zoom which looks blurry and fuzzy.
    2, It reduces NOISE to give me more detail which is lost when I use the 2x digital zoom.

    Super-resolution imaging - Wikipedia
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  6. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    I tried it, thought that maybe Olympus had some magic dust in there....but for all that I'd done with it, I was never happy with the quality. As others have stated, I get better final output when cropping a file in post, processing and upsampling if need be.
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  7. banjoboy

    banjoboy New to Mu-43

    Apr 14, 2017
    For some silly reason, I save images in raw+jpg. So, occasionally, I'll turn on the DTC - if I want a "zoomed" image right away to send to someone that I'm later going to crop in pp, i have it available. But that is rare. So, for me it's more of a fun to play with thing (until I forget to turn it off and next time I pick up the camera I have to figure that out!) Maybe I should just switch back to raw only . . .
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  8. exakta

    exakta Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 2, 2015
    I've used it a few times when my 40-150R just didn't have enough reach. Like others noted above, I shoot RAW+JPEG so using the DTC is really just a framing tool, I can rethink the cropping in post if I want to. I recently bought a 75-300 to get the reach I need.
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  9. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2009
    Tempe, AZ
    As to the examples you posted, they look pretty darn good, so hold off on that physic!
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  10. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    It's just a crop and cooked into jpeg. Doesn't do much for me! What you really need is a 300mm f4! Now that is impressive!
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  11. Machi

    Machi Mu-43 Veteran

    May 23, 2015
    Digital zoom is useless for RAWs.
    But in some cameras it's great feature for video as it really captures more details in the magnified frames
    (at cost of smaller field of view of course).
  12. atarijedi

    atarijedi Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2015
    I have only ever used it to figure out what something is in the distance, never taken a photo with it though.
  13. stiblee

    stiblee Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 11, 2016
  14. dlhomesolutions

    dlhomesolutions Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    Peoria, IL
    If you are going to use digital zoom please buy a 3.2 megapixel point and shoot. Since you are cutting your resolution, megapixels and photo quality in half.

    Crop in post if you must.
  15. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    All we need is the cash to buy it! :p
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