Thanks for the replies.
The zoom is optical, I am aware of the crappiness of digital zooms.
Let me try to explain better where I stand:
I am 100% set up to buy a small, slim, compact camera. I HATE carrying a big bulky camera, I want something that I can put in my pocket most of the time and take a picture when the moment comes. I also don't like lenses sticking out of the camera (like most slim models have...). I would gladly use my phone's camera if it wasn't so completely useless....
Then I saw the new kodak model which has pretty good Mpixels and the 10x zoom (I don't want to put links to the model here so that nobody will think that I am trying to advertise for kodak...).
It has basically all the features that I want (small, slim, SD card, movie-recording ability, no sticking out lenses and so on) but reading some reviews about it, turns out that it is just an "average" camera which the main selling point is the 10x zoom.
The only other model that gets close to what I want is a Sony, but I don't like the proprietary card they use... And that have 3x zoom.
Then it came to my mind: "heck, that 10x is going to never be used. Pics taken at THAT much zoom are sure to get shaky if I don't use a tripod or somehow stabilize it somewhere..." Since the main point (for me) to have a camera is to take casual pics, I wouldn't want to carry a tripod around (maybe those bottlepods
that I once saw on google would do), thus making the 10x zoom (and the main selling point of the camera) almost useless...
After thinking about that I decided to come here and ask other people with more experience with digital cameras: what is the use of a 10x zoom besides
taking pics of stuff far far away from you... Is it any good for taking macro pictures?
And, extending my question, what is the zoom range that most people uses? 3x is enough? (yeah, I know that Dman22 mentioned it already, his opinion was appreciated). 4x, 5x?
Thanks again for the replies.