The manual on Pg 53 clearly states the feature as follows:
Optical Zoom : No Dederioration
EZ Zoom : No Dederioration
Digital Zoom : The Higher the maginification level, the greater the Deterioration
Thats why there is no comparison between an EZ Zoom and Digital Zoom,
the EZ Zoom will produce magnification without Deterioration with the only
caveat being the requirement of the user to use less than 12 MP.
EZ Zoom is in no way or form similar to a Digital Zoom which will ALWAYS
reduce the resolution. It's the "CCD area
" that is clearly
stated in the manual that is cropped to the center, not the image.
I have used "area" in red as you left that out, even though it is what is defined on Pg 54.
Here is an article on this technology:
http://www.digicamhelp.com/camera-featu ... nded-zoom/
"A digital zoom crops an image in camera. An Extended Optical Zoom trims
the operational area
of the actual camera sensor to increase the maximum