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Newbie question: Simulating 30X optical zoom
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Hello,

  Please forgive this newbie..probably silly...question, but is there a way to simulate a 30x optical zoom in Gimp?  I have an image shot on my Nikon D3300 at 18-mm of the entrance of the sanctuary of my church.  I need to zoom into the picture as though the image was shot from a 30x optical PTZ camera at its tightest shot.  Do I just zoom into the picture with "30 times magnification?" Thanks for the help.  

Brian Willis
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#2
Bitmap editors only do digital zoom. 2x or 3x magnification could be OK, depending on what you want to do with image. 30x magnification won't give good results.
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#3
(Yesterday, 02:15 AM)briwillis Wrote: Hello,

  Please forgive this newbie..probably silly...question, but is there a way to simulate a 30x optical zoom in Gimp?  I have an image shot on my Nikon D3300 at 18-mm of the entrance of the sanctuary of my church.  I need to zoom into the picture as though the image was shot from a 30x optical PTZ camera at its tightest shot.  Do I just zoom into the picture with "30 times magnification?" Thanks for the help.  

Brian Willis
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Practically, no. There no information hidden in the pixels. You will get an image where a cluster of 1000pixels (30x30=900) contains the same information as one pixel in the original image. It will be very, very blurry.
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#4
All depends on the Nikon shot and what you want to do with the 'close-up' but...

A D3300 is 24 pixel and can take an image 6000 x 4000 pixels. What sort of size can you crop out just the close-up?

Maybe 1000 x 1500 pix and then scale up (perhaps) x2 A 2000 x 3000 image will not print that large but you will get a 6" x 10" print.

Not going to 30x for the reasons stated by Ofnuts, You might get something though.
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#5
Next time you want a picture where you can zoom 30x without blurring the result is to take multiple pictures of the whole entrance and make a big panorama photo using HUGIN or other program. 

http://hugin.sourceforge.net/tutorials/m...w/en.shtml
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