Ok, here's the scenario along with a couple of photo's to show what I mean. The first photo of each group was taken without any zoom applied. The second photo was taken with zooming into the subject until I could compare it to what I could actually see with my naked eye and the third was after applying 6x optical zoom. So is this zoom technology a load of cobblers. What I would expect to see without using zoom would be a scene comparable to that which I would be able to see with my naked eye and then to be able to zoom right into it! Your thoughts and comments appreciated? sorry about clarity of photo's as had to resize to allow upload!