posted on Jan, 24 2008 @ 11:58 AM
just fyi, digital zoom does nothing for clarity. it just stretches the image and you get a lower resolution picture. it won't make it any more or
less clear, you'll just get a blown up view of a smaller area in the frame. optical zoom is the only thing that will actually get you a closer look
at something. if you have manual settings for focus, aperture, exposure time, etc then i would get familiar with how different settings work in
different environments (light, dark) and various distances. it can be a pretty tough balance to maintain.
generally shorter exposure times give you less streaking, but you need longer exposures in darker environments. autofocus is generally crap when
trying to focus on small object or points of light. i sometimes need to fool the camera by letting it focus on something with more substance at
approximately the same distance and then move to the target object after it gets a focus lock.
hope that helps.